Victor Ludorum wins Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere
Victor Ludorum maintained his unbeaten record in ParisLongchamp with an Astonishing display in the Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere.
Trainer Andre Fabre had four previous winners of the Group One contest – and Victor Ludorum was the favorite to receive his name after facile wins at Chantilly and the track.
Frankie Dettori made much of those running aboard challenger Alson, closely chased by the Aidan OBrien-trained Armory, that completed a hat-trick in August at the Futurity Stakes before chasing the brilliant Pinatubo in the month Stakes.
Dettori had retained a bit aboard Alson up his sleeve and was able to transport Armory in bay, but Victor Ludorum displayed a reversal of equipment to quicken in the by both these.
Jubilant jockey Mickael Barzalona managed to shake off at the air because he handed the post ahead, adding strength for Godolphin to the Vintage hands of the next year.
Fabre – who trains Middle Park winner Earthlight from the Godolphin gloomy – stated :I think he is really great, as he is a horse that is royal and has an excellent attitude. He does all.
The ground was a large concern, as hes a mild inspector, but he managed it quite well. Race after race that he does everything and stays unbeaten. He could be a very good horse.
We will aim to get a Classic effort and also the French Guineas, Id imagine.
He added:He isnt too big or little, he is a lovely horse. Well have talks as he has a fantastic bunch of two-year-olds, but Id imagine he will be geared toward the Prix du Jockey Club and the Guineas.
He is less precocious than Earthlight and is not a natural two-year-old like Earthlight and contains less natural rate than Earthlight, however, he would stay further than him, for sure.
OBrien said of Armory, who was nine lengths behind Godolphins Charlie Appleby-trained Pinatubo from the National Stakes:He is a beautiful horse who is progressing all the time. We thought he would be pleased with the measure up to a mile and that he appeared to run a race.
In a perfect world wed have preferred better floor as such a good moving horse. They quickened and went a gallop, and then we were only captured out for a couple of strides.
The greater the ground, the greater its, Id have believed, together along with him.
Id imagine he will keep progressing.