Foal diary

Old Persian

Bay colt by Dubawi out of Indian Petal


Hello! I was born at Rutland Stud, which is just outside Newmarket, on 14 March 2015. My Dad is Dubawi and he is quite famous as he is the best stallion in the world and lots of his children have won very good races.


My Mum is called Indian Petal and she comes from a family of excellent racehorses. Her sister, Silkwood, won a Group race at Royal Ascot for Godolphin.


I am now officially one year old (and am now called a yearling) and have moved just down the road to White Lodge Stud. My days will be spent playing with the other yearlings in the paddock where we will grow big and strong.


The photo below was taken in June 2016 and I am still living at White Lodge Stud with some other yearlings and am really starting to grow big and strong. We will stay here for the rest of the summer before our owners decide where we will go to start to learn to become racehorses.




I had a very busy autumn, learning how to be a racehorse. By November I was cantering three times a week and was ready to move from our pre-training yard to the other side of Newmarket to join my new trainer, Charlie Appleby at Moulton Paddocks. Since becoming a two-year-old on January 1st 2017 I am still learning the ropes and look forward to my first race this year! I have been named Old Persian.



On August 11, I ran in my very first race! Charlie decided I should run at Newmarket which is just down the road from where I live at Moulton Paddocks. One of my stablemates called Symbolization was also running so I had company on the drive to the racecourse, in the paddock and on the way to the start!

As soon as the starting stalls opened I galloped to the front and helped set the pace. The race was seven furlongs (just under a mile) and I kept at the front until the final furlong when some of the others came to join me. I just got a little bit tired near the winning line and I finished third, with my friend Symbolization finishing second.

Charlie was very pleased with me and in early September he sent me to run at a track called Chelmsford in Essex in a race over a mile. This time my jockey James Doyle let me run along at the back at the start of the race but then I made my move three furlongs from home. I soon got to the front and then I just kept galloping as fast as I could! I won by over three lengths which was so exciting!


After winning so well at Chelmsford, Charlie was keen that I should race again. In early October he picked another race for me to run in, and this time I got to stay at home in Newmarket.

The race was over a mile at the famous Rowley Mile racecourse, and seven other horses were competing with me. I had to carry 6lbs more than some of my rivals because I had already won a race.

In this race my jockey was Adam Kirby and he decided to keep me ‘up with the pace’ – that means I raced close to the leaders during the race. Two furlongs from home, I took the lead and kept galloping as fast as I could - I won by four and a half lengths!

Winning at Newmarket on 7th October 2017


Six months on from my victory at Newmarket I have won a further two times, both at the headquarters of horse racing. I made my winning three-year-old debut in April 2018 and on my last start won my biggest race to date, a Listed race called the Fairway Stakes. I am improving with each race and hopefully I will soon be running at the highest level. From my seven starts I have now won over half my races!


Winning at Newmarket on 19th May 2018 in the Listed Fairway Stakes, my jockey this time was William Buick


Wow! I've just won my biggest race ever in front of Her Majesty The Queen at Royal Ascot. It was the hardest competition I have faced yet and I did it very well in a race called the King Edward VII Stakes. That was a Group 2 and I'm now ready to step up to a Group 1 race!

In the winner's enclosure on 22nd June 2018 after winning the King Edward VII Stakes with HH Sheikha Al Jalila, my trainer Charlie Appleby and my jockey William Buick


After running in Ireland at the end of June I won another Group 2 race, this time at York. I showed great tenacity to beat Cross Counter who also lives with me at Charlie's yard, I have bragging rights!


I am now four and I can say I am getting better and better! I have spent the winter in the warm weather of Dubai, and have run twice, winning on both starts! At the end of March 2019 I won my biggest ever race, the very valuable G1 Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan against rivals from all around the world. I am now one of the best in the world at a mile and a half and I will be travelling back to England very soon.


Winning the G1 Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan on Saturday 30th March 2019