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Old Persian storms to Sheema Classic glory

OLD PERSIAN (GB) provided the British breeding industry with a keynote success on Dubai World Cup Night with victory in the Longines Dubai Sheema Classic.

Owned and bred by Godolphin, the four-year-old son of DUBAWI showed a smart shift of gear in the hands of William Buick to cosily repel Japanese raiders Cheval Grand and Suave Richard.

Old Persian has won three Group 2 races, including last season’s King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York, but this was his first triumph at the highest level.

Godolphin’s inmate is the first live foal out of SINGSPIEL mare INDIAN PETAL (GB) and a full sister to SILKWOOD (GB), who landed the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2007.

Old Persian’s trainer Charlie Appleby said:

“William made a concerted move on the turn to make sure he got out and I thought it was a fantastic ride.

“I’ve always been very fond of him, ever since his two-year-old days. He’s doing what we always hoped he would do one day.

“I’m not sure where this horse will go, but, thinking long term, we may have ParisLongchamp  (Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe) on our minds.”