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Victor Ludorum repeats Jockey Club form with G2 Prix Guillaume d'Ornano third


Victor Ludorum finished third behind his G1 Prix du Jockey Club conquerors Mishriff and The Summit for a second time in an attritional renewal of the G2 Prix Guillaume d’Ornano at Deauville, France, on Saturday, 15 August.

Heavy rain at the Normandy course saw the 10-furlong contest run in testing conditions, with Victor Ludorum racing freely in last initially as the four-strong field shunned the inside rail in search of better ground.

The Shamardal colt tracked Mishriff into the straight as the duo continued up the stands’ rail, away from The Summit and Dream Works. Victor Ludorum could not go on with impressive winner Mishriff inside the final furlong but kept on, missing out on second by a head.

Lisa-Jane Graffard of Godolphin said: “Victor Ludorum has finished third behind the same horses he chased home in the Prix du Jockey Club and has run very well. It was the heaviest ground he has ever encountered and he was a bit keen early on.

“We were beaten by two very good colts again but I think we could possibly expect a bit more from Victor Ludorum in different conditions.”