Fabre unsure on Victor's next target

11 July 2020 23:22:09 GMTPlus10

Andre Fabre is mulling over a choice of options for Victor Ludorum as he aims to get the French 2,000 Guineas winner back to winning ways following his frustrating defeat in last week's French Derby.

Victor Ludorum was sent off favourite to add the Prix du Jockey Club to his win over a mile in the Poule d'Essai des Poulains, but finished third behind impressive winner Mishriff.

Victor Ludorum was slowly away from stall one at Chantilly, causing Mickael Barzalona to forfeit quite a bit of ground in circling the field, and although he worked his way into a threatening position in the straight, he was unable to go with Mishriff inside the final furlong. 

Given the way the race played out, Fabre is not inclined to blame lack of stamina for the reversal.

But having proved his effectiveness over a mile, options will be left open as to his next race while other leading Godolphin three-year-olds such as stablemate Earthlight and the Charlie Appleby-trained Pinatubo have their next start on Sunday.

Fabre said: "Victor Ludorum has two options. He either goes for the mile and a quarter Prix Guillaume d'Ornano [August 15] or the Prix Jacques le Marois [August 16]. The coming days will help us decide, with results this Sunday and at Goodwood. He can run over a mile or a mile and a quarter.

"He didn't have an ideal race, that's for sure, but I can't guarantee he would have beaten Mishriff, who won really well. The draw didn't help and then he didn't help himself by breaking too lazily. I was really frustrated." 

Victor Ludorum is 15.00 to win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in October.

Meanwhile, Pinatubo is 1.50 to come out on top at Deauville on Sunday, with Earthlight set to run on the same card earlier in the day.

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