Victor Ludorum, the hot favourite in the Emirates Poule d’Essai des Poulains, more than lived up to the weighty expectations placed upon him for the first Classic of the year on the Deauville straight. Owned and bred by Godolphin and trained by André Fabre, he was an authoritative winner with The Summit in second. These two had previously met each other on the 11th May in the Prix de Fontainebleau (Group 3). The Summit had won that round, with Victor Ludorum, who had run too keen throughout the race, had to settle for third.  
Alson, who was making his seasonal bow here, and who is also trained by André Fabre, finished in third place.
Victor Ludorum has provided his jockey, Mickaël Barzalona, with his first win in the Poule d’Essai des Poulains. He is the first jockey for Godolphin in France. This is André Fabre’s eight win in the Classic. The Godolphin colours have now been victorious on five separate occasions in this Group 1, following Persian King, Shamardal (the sire of Victor Ludorum), Bachir and Vettori.
1st          VICTOR LUDORUM         M. Barzalona
                (Shamardal & Antiquities, par Kaldounévées)
                O.: Godolphin SNC
                B.: Godolphin
                T.: A. Fabre
2nd        THE SUMMIT     O. Peslier
                (Wootton Bassett & Acola, par Acetenango)
                O.: Mme Jacques Cygler
                B.: SARL Jedburgh Stud
                T.: H.-A. Pantall
3rd         ALSON  V. Cheminaud
                (Areion & Assisi, par Galileo)
                O.: Baroness Corinna Von Ullmann
                B.: Gestüt Schlenderhan
                T.: A. Fabre
Distance: 1,5- Neck. - 3/4
Time: 1’34’’14
Ground: Good to Soft (3.3)

The comments from connections
Mickaël Barzalona, jockey to Victor Ludorum (1st)
« His last race did him a lot of good that is now behind him. He cantered down to the start beautifully, even though we had to go the full mile! He can be difficult in the preliminaries before the race, but once the stalls open, he is a complete professional. He was very switched off during the race. I wanted to ride him the way that suited him. Initially I had intended to go forward, but he was in his rhythm and progressed in his own time. He never wins by huge distances, but I had plenty left in hand. He moved easily, and with a great action. He knows how to gallop! »
Lisa-Jane Graffard, French representative to Godolphin, owner of VICTOR LUDORUM (1st)
« I thought he showed real class! Just like he did when he was a 2-year-old… The team has done a fantastic job, those watching from home who are so involved are foremost in my thoughts. Mickaël Barzalona said that the colt showed a really good mentality. Before the race, the plan was always the Prix du Jockey Club. That being said, he has showed a lot of class today over the mile, which could open up other options for him. We won’t make a plan now but wait to see how he comes out of the race. André Fabre will then discuss the options with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum. It’s really fantastic: we had been dreaming of this all through the winter, so when he ran first time out it was a sharp return to reality! However, in the Fontainebleau it was his first start and he needed to blow off some steam after this unique situation we were in. André Fabre knows how to prepare a horse perfectly for the main target. »
Henri-Alex Pantall, trainer of THE SUMMIT (2nd)
« The Summit ran really well. When he was 300 meters from the post, he looked to have flattened but he managed to fight back. But then the winner came, and he was out of contention. We have been beaten by the best of them today. With reasonable budgets, Monsieur Cygler has had great success. Nearly every year, he has a horse that is above the ordinary. This is fantastic. Paul Nataf has done a perfect job. For his future programme, I don’t think he will run over much further than 1,600 meters. »

What a finish in the Emirates Poule d’Essai des Pouliches! Dream and Do and Speak of the Devil were seperated by barely a nose. The victory went to Dream and Do, giving her trainer, Frédéric Rossi, who is based at Calas-Cabriès training center in the Marseille region, his first Group 1 win, as well as a for her owner-breeder the Haras du Logis Saint Germain in Normandy, which is owned by Olivier Carli. This was a first win in the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches for her jockey, Maxime Guyon.
Dream and Do, who finished a close second in the Prix de la Grotte (Group 3) for her seasonal bow, was tough to hold off a sustained attack from Speak of the Devil, who only has two runs under her belt coming into this race. Mageva, trained, as is Speak of the Devil, by Fabrice Chappet was two lengths further back. The favourite Tropbeau had to contend with fourth place.
1st        DREAM AND DO         M. Guyon
            (Siyouni & Venetias Dream, par Librettist)
            Owner: Haras du Logis Saint Germain
            Breeder: Haras du Logis Saint Germain
            Trainer: F. Rossi
2e        SPEAK OF THE DEVIL  C. Demuro
            (Wootton Bassett & Moranda, par Indian Rocket)
            Owner: Rashit Shaykhutdinov
Breeder: H. Viallon
            Trainer: F. Chappet
3e        MAGEVA         S. Pasquier
            (Wootton Bassett & Melilot, par Elusive City)
            Owner: A. Gilibert, H. Guy, G. Barbarin & B. Chalmel
            Breeder: EARL Haras de Saint James
            Trainer: F. Chappet
Distance: NOSE - 2 - HEAD
Time: 1’35’’68
Ground: Good to Soft (3.3)
The comments from connections
Frédéric Rossi, trainer of Dream And Do (1st)
« Deauville racecourse brings me a lot of luck! I love coming here. This is very emotional as it is my first Group 1. Dream and Do is a champion. Every time she runs, the race goes like a dream. The mile is her maximum distance, and Maxime Guyon rode her to perfection. I will talk to her owner, but I don’t think that she will run in the Prix de Diane Longines. We don’t want to risk her. »
Maxime Guyon, jockey of Dream And Do (1st)
« I am so happy! Last time out in the Prix de la Grotte, it was me who lost us the race as I came too soon on her. A mile is her maximum distance. She has a huge turn of foot. She is close-couples, but her acceleration is huge. »
Cristian Demuro, jockey of Speak Of The Devil (2nd)
« I thought I was coming to win. She took time to find her stride, and really found top gear just strides from the post. I think I pushed the winner on! »
Fabrice Chappet, trainer of Speak Of The Devil (2nd) and Mageva (3rd)
« It’s not easy to lose by a nose. The fillies were in top form. This race was their main target. After running well on their respective seasonal bows, they have shown that they are top class fillies today. Mageva had a bad draw and had to wait before finishing very well. As did Speak of The Devil, who can sometimes be keen. After a waiting race, she found herself a bit too far back from the leaders. She kept running on only to beaten by the smallest of margins. We will take our time to think about their future programs. »