2011 Japanese Triple Crown winner Orfevre (pronoucned Or-Fev) has returned to the Land of the Rising Sun and will make his next start in the Japan Cup on November 25.
When last seen, the Japanese super star finished second in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. He made the lead in the final stages of the race and looked a sure winner, but the filly Solemia came back to nail him on the wire. Click the link above to watch the race.
Coincidentally, Solemia is also targeting the Japan Cup making for an interesting grudge match between the two horses. The advantage has to be to Orfevre. The four-year-old son of the Sunday Silence stallion Stay Gold has won two of three tries at Tokyo Racecourse, including the Japanese Derby.
It seems that Orfevre could be something of a head case. There is no explanation for his poor run to be 11th in the spring edition of the Grade 1 Tenno Sho. It is equally perplexing that he easily made the lead in the Arc and just, well, stopped! Trainer Yasutoshi Ikee has his work cut out for him, butt make no mistake; Orfevre will be favored to vindicate himself.
The greatest challenge to the favorites could come from the daughter of Deep Impact, Gentildonna. She is fresh off a nose victory in the Grade 1 Shuka Sho which made her the fourth horse in racing history to annex the Japanese Filly Triple Crown. It looks like she is only getting better and we know she’s a warrior after that last win.
- Japan Cup Past Performances (A bit hard to read, but better than nothing)