Trainer Mark Johnston is hoping that his 3yo colt Permian can leave his mark on the upcoming Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris. Permian is the only British horse amongst the 10 hopefuls declared for the race.
After tasting victory in Group Two races at both the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot and Dante Stakes at York, Permian finds himself the current favourite for the Grand Prix de Paris. The colt will face stiff competition from Stefano Botti’s Mac Mahon, and Khalid Abdullah’s Ice Breeze, yet trainer Mark Johnston remains convinced that he can perform on the Group One field.
Johnston’s assistant Charlie said of the horse: “Permian is in very good form and we have half an eye on the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud,”
“It’s a half a million euros Group One, so it would be a fantastic race to win. He’s won the two best Group Two for three-year-olds so the natural progression is to go back into Group One company and it looks quite an attractive option.”
Aidan O’Brien is fielding three horses for the race, with Donnacha O’Brien riding Spanish Steps, Seamie Heffernan aboard Venice Beach, and Ryan Moore on Oderofthegarter.