Victor Ludorum wins Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere

Victor Ludorum maintained his unbeaten record in ParisLongchamp with an impressive display from the Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere.

Trainer Andre Fabre had saddled four previous winners of the Group One contest – and Victor Ludorum was the favorite to receive his name after wins at the track and Chantilly.
Frankie Dettori made a lot of those running aboard German challenger Alson chased by the Aidan OBrien-trained Armory, before pursuing the brilliant Pinatubo in the months National Stakes, that completed a hat-trick at the Futurity Stakes.
Dettori had kept a bit on Alson up his sleeve and was able to hold Armory in bay, but Victor Ludorum exhibited a change of equipment to quicken in the previous half-furlong by either of them.
Jubilant jockey Mickael Barzalona managed to punch the air as he handed the post ahead, adding strength for Godolphin to next years Classic hand.
Fabre – who trains Middle Park winner Earthlight in the Godolphin blue – saidI think he is really good, as he is a laid-back horse and has a fantastic attitude. He does all.
The ground was a significant concern, because he is a mild inspector, but he handled it very well. After race that he does everything and stays unbeaten. He could be an excellent horse.
We shall aim to get a timeless campaign and the French Guineas, I would imagine.
He added:He isnt overly big or small, he is a neat horse. We will have talks with Sheikh Mohammed, since he has a group of two-year-olds, but Id imagine he is going to be geared toward the Guineas and the Prix du Jockey Club.
Hes less precocious than Earthlight and isnt a natural two-year-old like Earthlight and contains less natural rate than Earthlight, but he would remain farther than him, for sure.
OBrien said of Armory, who had been nine seasons supporting Godolphins Charlie Appleby-trained Pinatubo at the National Stakes:Hes a beautiful horse whos progressing all the time. We thought he would be contented with the step up to a mile and that he appeared to run a good race.
In an ideal world we would have preferred better floor as such a great moving horse. They quickened and went a gallop, and we all were just caught out for a few strides.
The better the ground, the greater its, Id have believed, together along with him.
I would imagine he will keep progressing.

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