Bay, 2015, 16.2½hh
Retired sound in wind and limb
Impressive first foals saw Old Persian well-supported in his second season at stud, with breeders sending the top-class son of Dubawi another quality book of mares. Among the talented race mares covered in 2022 was Irish Grand National heroine Bluesea Cracker. His second book also boasts impressive pedigrees, having no less than seven sisters to Grade 1 winners in foal including: an own-sister to Grand National hero Noble Yeats, two half-sisters to Somersby and a half-sister to Tidal Bay, to name just a few.
The beautifully-bred son of Dubawi himself hails from the top-class Niarchos family of Kingmambo, Alpha Centauri, Alpine Star and Miesque and is out of a full-sister to Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes heroine Silkwood. A grandson of top broodmare sire Singspiel, he is bred on the same cross as fellow top-level winners Left Hand, Too Darn Hot and Wuheida. Dubawi, responsible for over 50 individual Group/Grade 1 winners on the flat, has also sired the multiple Grade 1 winning Chaser Dodging Bullets, dual Grade 1 winning Hurdler Hisaabaat and Grade 2 winning Purple Bay, who also claimed second in the Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle.
Old Persian, twice a winner over 8f at two, added the Listed Fairway Stakes over 10f and Group 2 contests King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York over 12f to his CV the following year. He confirmed himself a class performer over 12f as a four-year-old when taking the Group 2 Dubai City of Gold Stakes at Meydan followed by the Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan and the Grade 1 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes at Woodbine, collecting third in the Group 1 Grosser Preis von Berlin in between.
Winner at 2, 3 and 4 years of 6 Stakes Races, €3,705,000
Won Gr.1 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes, Woodbine, 12f.
Won Gr.1 Longines Dubai Sheema Classic, Meydan, 12f.
Won Gr.2 Sky Bet Great Voltigeur Stakes, York, 12f.
Won Gr.2 King Edward VII Stakes, Royal Ascot, 12f.
Won Gr.2 Dubai City of Gold, Meydan, 12f.
Won LR Betway Fairway Stakes, Newmarket, 10f.
Won EBF Stallions Novice Stakes, Newmarket, 8f.
Won Betsi Golden Mile Novice Stakes, Chelmsford, 8f.