By Duane Fonseca
Andre Fabre saluted Victor Ludorum after his late charge under Mickael Barzalona saw him triumph by three quarters of a length in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere on Sunday.
Godolphin’s 2yo Shamardal colt was in stunning form and went into the mile contest as the favourite having won twice in two previous starts. Ridden in midfield by Barzalona, Victor Ludorum was asked to go with two furlongs left and pushed forward comfortably taking the lead with 100m left to run. He went easily breezing past his rivals to win by three quarters of a length from Alson, trained by Jean-Pierre Carvalho and ridden by Frankie Dettori. In third place was Armory, the charge of Aidan O’Brien and the ride of Ryan Moore.
The French 2000 Guineas could be on his radar next season, but Fabre said: “I was very impressed with him, he's a neat horse and very relaxed.
“I will have to speak to Sheikh Mohammed regarding plans for next year but personally I would look at a French Classic campaign.”