Prix de Fontenoy (Unraced 2yo Colts & Geldings, 1,600m / 1m), September 1st, ParisLongchamp
Trainer: André Fabre
Rider: Mickaël Barzalona
Not much suspens as soon as Victor Ludorum (Shamardal) passed top gear -or was it 2nd top gear?- in a beginners race won in 2016 by Arc fancy Waldgeist. Also he was ridden to keep up with the pace going into the last bend, he came by Twist (Pivotal) cantering and flew away to score by 3.5 lengths on the bridle …
Victor Ludorum is the fifth foal out of Antiquities (Kaldounevees), homebred by Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum and trained by André Fabre. Second in the Prix Cléopâtre (Gr3) for her second race only, she never won at this level and went to stud early at 4 years old. Victor Ludorum is her second Shamardal foal after Ancient History, also trained by Fabre and twice a winner at 3 before he was exported to Australia.
Antiquities is out of Historian (Pennekamp), a Listed winner in her first start at 3 in March and the sister to Street Cry (Machiavellian), a Breeders’Cup and Dubai World Cup winner, the sire of the great Winx.
Main entry : Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère (Gr1).
GLENGOWAN (F2), IRE by Kingman ex Pink Damsel (Galileo)
Prix de la Cascade (Unraced 2yo Fillies, 1,600m / 1m), September 1st, ParisLongchamp
Owner: Fitriani Hay
Trainer: Paul Cole
Breedr: Fitriani Hay
Rider: Tony Piccone
Fast in the lead, Glengowan (Kingman) held off every challenger and won by a short neck, as Mille Fois Merci (Galileo) zeroed on her in the last strides after taking some time to gain momentum. The only British-trained in the race, the winner is out of Pink Damsel (Galileo), sold last year for £140,000 to Castle Hyde Stud in foal to Caravaggio after giving four foals, including a Zoffany filly born after Glengowan.
Pink Damsel, a winner of a single race, had herself been sold for £600,000 to Fitriani Hay as a yearling, mostly because she was out of the champion mare Riskaverse (Dynaformer), a multiple Gr1 winner in the States and the dam of Say (Galileo), an Irish Gr3 winner, also a Gr1 placed there.