Victor Ludorum maintained his unbeaten record with an Astonishing Show in the Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere.
Trainer Andre Fabre had saddled four previous winners of the Group One contest – and Victor Ludorum was the 2-1 favorite to get his name on the roll of honour after facile wins at the monitor and Chantilly.
Frankie Dettori made a lot of those running aboard challenger Alson, closely pursued from the Aidan OBrien-trained Armory, that completed a hat-trick in August at the Futurity Stakes before chasing house the dazzling Pinatubo in last months National Stakes.
Dettori had retained a bit up his sleeve on Alson and was able to transport Armory at bay, however Victor Ludorum displayed a smart reversal of equipment to quicken in the previous half-furlong.
Jubilant jockey Mickael Barzalona was able to induce the air as he passed the post ahead, adding further strength to the Vintage hand of the next year for Godolphin.
Fabre – who also trains Middle Park winner Earthlight in the Godolphin gloomy – stated :I think hes really good, as he is a laid-back horse and has a fantastic attitude. He does all.
The floor was a large concern, as hes a mild inspector, but he managed it very well. Race he can everything readily and stays unbeaten. He could be a very good horse.
We shall aim to get a traditional campaign and also the French Guineas, Id imagine.
He added:He is not overly big or small, hes a lovely horse. We will have talks since hes got a group of two-year-olds, but Id imagine he is going to be aimed at the Prix du Jockey Club and the French Guineas.
Hes less precocious than Earthlight and is not a natural two-year-old like Earthlight and contains less natural speed than Earthlight, however hed remain farther than himfor certain.
OBrien said of Armory, that had been nine lengths behind Godolphins Charlie Appleby-trained Pinatubo in the National Stakes:Hes a beautiful horse who is progressing all of the time. We thought he would be pleased with the measure up to a mile and he seemed to run a race that was fantastic.
In an ideal world we would have preferred better earth as this kind of good moving horse. They moved a constant gallop and then quickened, and then we were only caught out for a couple of strides.
The greater the floor, the better its, I would have believed, along with him.
I would imagine he will keep progressing
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