Progressive four-year-old Old Persian, whose third dam is an own sister to the dam of successful Cape sire Judpot, made it win number seven, from only 12 outings, when flying up late to win the G2 Dubai City Of Gold Sponsored by Emirates SkyCargo at Meydan on Super Saturday this past weekend.
Making his seasonal return in the 12-furlong turf contest, Old Persian raced in second before settling in third on the inside rail under William Buick after a furlong and a half.
Buick switched out turning into the straight, but was forced to wait to deliver his challenge until the final furlong.
Old Persian flew home once seeing daylight, getting up in the shadow of the post to beat Racing History by a short-head in 2m 32.68s on good ground, with the Godolphin duo finishing three lengths clear of Desert Encounter.
A son of Dubawi, the four time stakes winning Old Persian had previously won both the G2 King Edward VII and G2 Sky Bet Great Voltigeur Stkaes last year.
He is likely to go next for the G1 Dubai Sheema Classic on Dubai World Cup night at the end of this month.
Old Persian’s fourth dam Pasadoble is not only dam of outstanding racemare and producer Miesque (dam of Kingmambo and East Of The Moon as well as Judpot), but she is also granddam of another G1 Breeders’ Cup Mile winner in the form of Six Perfections. The latter is already dam of G2 winner Yucatan (Herbert Power Stakes), and promising colt Mount Everest, who was a short-head runner up in the G2 Beresford Stakes last year.
Judpot, whose stakes winning progeny include such G1 winners as Along Came Polly, Coral Fever, Forest Indigo and Juxtapose, has a single lot on offer at Sunday’s Cape Yearling Sale.