Victor Ludorum

B 2017 16.0½HH (1.63M)
Shamardal – Antiquities (Kaldounevees)
Standing at Kelvinside, NSW

By Shamardal, from the family of Shamardal and won the same G1 as Shamardal. The most like Shamardal of any of his sons at stud.

Unbeaten two-year-old and winner of the best juvenile race in France. He holds the French 2,000 Guineas record, faster than Shamardal, St Mark's Basilica, Lope de Vega and Modern Games.

Bred 3x3 to Shamardal’s grandam and Street Cry’s dam, Helen Street.

A two-year-old G1 winner that trained on to G1 Guineas glory at three, just like: Dubawi (National Stakes and Irish 2,000 Guineas); Shamardal (Dewhurst Stakes and French 2,000 Guineas); Frankel (Dewhurst Stakes and 2,000 Guineas); Redoute’s Choice (Blue Diamond and Caulfield Guineas); Flying Spur (Golden Slipper and Australian Guineas); Vain (Golden Slipper, Sires’ Produce, Champagne Stakes and Caulfield Guineas); Camelot (Racing Post Trophy and 2,000 Guineas).

































SHAMARDAL (USA) (Bay 2002-Stud 2005).  6 wins-3 at 2, from 1200m to 2100m, Chantilly Prix
du Jockey Club, G1, Longchamp Poule d'Essai des Poulains, G1, Newmarket Dewhurst S., G1,
York St James's Palace S., G1, Goodwood Vintage S., G2. Champion sire. Sire of 1,425 rnrs,
1,060 wnrs, 166 SW, 74.4% winners, 11.6% Stakes winners inc. Pinatubo, Blue Point, Lope de
Vega, Victor Ludorum, Earthlight, Tarnawa, Pakistan Star, Able Friend, Speedy Boarding, Faint
Perfume, Amaron, Zazou, Crackerjack King, Lumiere, Dariyan, Dunboyne Express - Dan Excel
(H.K.), Baltic Baroness, etc.

1st dam:
Antiquities, by Kaldounevees. 2 wins at 2000m, 2100m, €75,900, Maisons-Laffitte Prix Reliance,
       Longchamp Prix de Chaillot, 2d Saint-Cloud Prix Cléopâtre,
G3, Fontainebleau Prix Melisande,
       L, Vichy Prix Madame Jean Couturie, L. Dam of 5 named foals, all raced, 4 winners-

  VICTOR LUDORUM (c Shamardal) 5 wins. G1 winner. see race record.
  MARY TUDOR (f Dawn Approach) Winner at 1¼m, €97,702, Navan Salsabil S., L, 2d Naas
        Oaks Trial,
L, 3d Irish Oaks, G1, Curragh Debutante S., G2.

2nd dam:
HISTORIAN, by Pennekamp. 5 wins-4 at 2-from 1350m to 2100m, Saint-Cloud Prix Rose de Mai,
L, Prix de la Haie Fleurie, 4th Toulouse Prix Occitanie, L. Half-sister to STREET CRY, Helsinki
        (dam of SHAMARDAL). Dam of 11 foals, 10 to race, 6 winners, inc:-

  Antiquities (f Kaldounevees) 2 wins. See above.
  Comnena. Unraced. Dam of-
    CARPATHIAN (c Elusive City) 4 wins from 2200m to 3850m in Germany, Cologne Frühjahrspreis
           des Carl Jaspers Versicherungskontors,
L, Silbernes Band, L.

3rd dam:
HELEN STREET, by Troy. Second top filly on The 1984 English 2YO Free H. Joint third top filly on
       The 1985 English 3YO Free H.
3 wins-2 at 2-from 1200m to 2400m, Irish Oaks, G1, Deauville
       Prix du Calvados,
G3, 2d Ascot Fillies Mile, G3, 3d Yorkshire Oaks, G1, Newmarket Nell
       Gwyn S.,
G3, 4th Newmarket Champion S., G1. Dam of 13 foals, 11 to race, 10 winners,

  STREET CRY (c Machiavellian) Horse of the Year in UAE in 2002. Champion Middle Distance
        Horse in UAE in 2002.
5 wins-1 at 2-from 1300m to 2000m, US$4,753,675, 2,013,000Dhs
        in U.S.A. and U.A.E, Dubai World Cup,
G1, Churchill Downs Stephen Foster H., G1, Nad
        al Sheba Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid al Maktoum Challenge,
G2, UAE Two Thousand
        Guineas, 2d Saratoga Whitney H.,
G1, Santa Anita Norfolk S., G2, 3d Breeders' Cup
G1. Champion sire.

  HISTORIAN (f Pennekamp) 5 wins. See above.
  Helsinki (f Machiavellian) Winner at 2000m, 3d Evry Prix Melisande, L. Dam of-
    SHAMARDAL (c Giant's Causeway) Champion 2YO & 3YO Colt in Europe in 2004 & 2005.
          Champion 2YO Colt in GB in 2004. Champion 3YO Miler in GB in 2005.
6 wins-3 at
          2-from 1200m to 2100m, £329,319, €1,085,660, Chantilly Prix du Jockey Club,
          Longchamp Poule d'Essai des Poulains,
G1, Newmarket Dewhurst S., G1, York St
          James's Palace S.,
G1, Goodwood Vintage S., G2. Champion sire.

  Grecian Slippe 3 wins from 1m to 11f, Doncaster Unknown Soldier S. Dam of-
     MAGNA GRAECIA (f Warning) 5 wins from 1800m to 3000m, Longchamp Prix de Barbeville,
G3, Chantilly Prix Right Royal, L, 2d Cagnes-sur-Mer Grand Prix du Conseil, L. Producer.

     GRAIKOS (c Rainbow Quest) 3 wins at 2, Longchamp Prix de Conde, G3, Prix des Aigles,
          Deauville Prix de Bourguebus, 3d Longchamp Prix des Chenes,
G3. Sire.

     PARTHENON (g Dubai Destination) 3 wins-1 at 2-from 7f to 11f, Hamilton Glasgow S., L,
          Sandown Casino at S., 3d Doncaster Racing Post Nursery H.

Stud record
Victor Ludorum’s first crop are foals of 2023.

Pedigree notes

Victor Ludorum is inbred to his own female line, to his third dam Helen Street, who is also the third dam of his sire Shamardal. The three giants of the thoroughbred breed in the southern hemisphere: Star Kingdom, Sir Tristram and Danehill were all inbred to their own female line. Most notably, Danehill has a similar pattern to Victor Ludorum, being inbred to his third dam Natalma. 

Victor Ludorum’s third dam Helen Street has announced herself as a genuine Blue Hen mare, being the dam of leading sire Street Cry, the second dam of leading sire Shamardal and the third dam of unbeaten two-year-old Champion Victor Ludorum.

For clues as to which mares might suit Victor Ludorum, we should look to the G1 stats and best nicks of his sire Shamardal or his other sons. Young stallions often nick in a similar fashion to their sires, not always, but mostly.

G1 Statistics
Shamardal has sired 27 G1 winners worldwide, including five in Australia. All five in Australia and 14/27 have a return of Sir Gaylord or his half-brother in the mare. The Sir Gaylord sire line is prolific in Australia via Sir Tristram / Zabeel / Octagonal /  Lonhro / Pierro, etc.
Shamardal’s son Lope de Vega has sired two G1 winners from just 14 runners out of mares by Danehill’s son Fastnet Rock.

Best Nicks
Shamardal’s most successful nicking stats are with mares from the major broodmare sire lines of Mr Prospector, Sadler’s Wells and Danehill. 
Lope de Vega has similarly good results with mares from those broodmare sire lines. Shamardal is a grandson of Storm Cat and the Storm Cat/Mr Prospector crosses and reverse crosses have been some of the most successful in contemporary pedigrees.

Inbreeding / Linebreeding options
Victor Ludorum’s pedigree presents the appealing options of further inbreeding to Helen Street, when it comes to inbreeding to superior female ancestors, too much of a good thing is never enough. Other key names in his pedigree include Giant’s Causeway and Machiavellian.

Strategy One
Inbreeding to Helen Street can be achieved with mares by Street Cry, Street Boss, Street Sense, Hallowed Crown or Territories, or with mares whose dam or second dam is by either of those stallions.

Strategy Two
As Machiavellian, Northern Dancer and Danehill all descend from the mare Natalma, inbreeding to her is an obvious tactic and is easily achieved as the Danehill and Northern Dancer lines are the most common in the Australian broodmare population.

Strategy Three
Shamardal’s sire Giant’s Causeway has a pedigree featuring key ancestors Secretariat, Crimson Saint, Blushing Groom, Glorious Song and Roberto. Mares carrying those ancestors, their siblings, or their offspring should prove suitable options for Victor Ludorum. 

Important note: There are several ways to find ancestors carrying the genetic material mentioned in this report, including the comprehensive five generation index in STALLIONS 2023 and all previous editions.


Race record

His successful career

Age Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
Two 3 3 - - €259,060
Three 5 1 - 3 €354,096
Four 6 1 - 2 €112,235
Total 14 5 - 5 €725,391 (A$1,213,002)

At 2

Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (G1), 1,600m, Longchamp, beating Alson, Armory, Ecrivain, Helter Skelter, Chachnak, Kenway.
Prix des Aigles, 1,600m, Chantilly, by 3½l.
Prix de Fontenoy, 1,600m, Longchamp, by 3½l, beating Twist, Mcfancy.

At 3

Poule d’Essai des Poulains (G1), 1,600m, Deauville, by 1½l, beating The Summit, Alson, Celestin, Kenway, Arapaho, Ecrivain.
Prix du Jockey Club (G1), 2,100m, Chantilly, to Mishriff, The Summit, beating Dawn Intello, Port Guillaume, Pao Alto, Order Of Australia, Fantastic Spirit, Ocean Atlantique, Gold Trip, Chachnak, Ecrivain, Fort Myers, Pisanello.
Prix Guillaume d’Ornano (G2), 2,000m, Deauville, to Mishriff, The Summit, beating Dream Works.
Prix de Fontainebleau (G3), 1,600m, Longchamp, to The Summit, Ecrivain , beating Kenway, Pisanello, Helter Skelter, Devil.

At 4

Prix Messidor (G3), 1,600m, Chantilly, by 3l, beating Brentford Hope, Kenway, Moai, Reshadar, Breizh Eagle.
Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (G1), 1,600m, Longchamp, to Baaeed, Order Of Australia, beating Snow Lantern, Novemba, Lope Y Fernandez.
Prix du Muguet (G2), 1,600m, Saint-Cloud, to Duhail, Pretreville, beating The Revenant, Wally, Sky Power, Aviateur, Tropbeau, Alson.

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Poule d’Essai des Poulains (G1), 8f, Deauville, 01 Jun 2020
Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (G1), 8f, Longchamp, 06 Oct 2019
Prix Messidor (G3), 8f, Chantilly, 18 Jul 2021

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