Victor Ludorum puts his Classic credentials on the line as racing returns in France at ParisLongchamp on Monday.
Racing has been suspended since March 17 amid the coronavirus pandemic, but following a tense few days of discussions involving Government officials, the final all-clear to resume was officially secured.
Four Group events highlight the 10-race card – all live on Sky Sports Racing – with much attention surrounding the reappearance of the Andre Fabre-trained Victor Ludorum in the Prix de Fontainebleu, ahead of his main early-season target which is likely to be the French Derby.
The Godolphin-owned colt carries an unbeaten three-race record into the Group Three contest and was last seen winning the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere over this ParisLongchamp mile in October.
Godolphin’s French representative Lisa-Jane Graffard told www.godolphin.com: “Andre Fabre is happy with Victor Ludorum and he has really done well in the last six weeks.
“There will be no hiding places this year, every race is going to be competitive, but it is a pleasure to be able to take part with a horse of his quality.
“This is the starting point for the year and we will know more about future plans afterwards.”
Among the opposition to the Mickael Barzalona-ridden Victor Ludorum is the Carlos Laffon-Parias-trained Ecrivain and Jean-Claude Rouget’s Helter Skelter, who were fourth and fifth respectively in the Lagardere.
Pisanello takes a marked jump in class for the Fabrice Chappet stable but has won his two completed starts, with Freddy Head’s Group Three winner Devil another with ability.
Kenway, The Summit and Memory Dream complete the eight-runner line-up.