Godolphin may have headed into the winter with four Group 1 winners among their Classic hopefuls for 2019 but that has not stopped Sheikh Mohammed adding to his squad with the acquisition of a half share in the highly rated Persian King.
The imposing son of Kingman capped an impressive juvenile campaign for Andre Fabre when defeating subsequent Vertem Futurity Stakes winner Magna Grecia in the Group 3 Autumn Stakes at Newmarket.
All three of Fabre's Guineas winners on the Rowley Mile – Zafonic (1993) and Pennekamp (1995) in the 2,000 Guineas and Miss France (2014) in the 1,000 – won at the course as two-year-olds and Persian King - who has raced in the silks of the Wildenstein family's Ballymore Thoroughbreds up to this point – is a best-priced 14-1 for the Qipco 2,000 Guineas.
"Godolphin have bought 50 per cent of Persian King and he will run in our colours this year," said Godolphin representative Lisa-Jane Graffard. "He is obviously a very exciting horse to join the team.
"We haven't discussed which route he'll take yet but we have total faith in his trainer and we will leave it up to him."