Should Orfevre give Japan their first win in Europe's most prestigious race the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on Sunday it should be considered a magnificent feat for the whole country, his trainer Yasutoshi Ikee said.
Orfevre, ridden by French jockey Christophe Soumillon, pictured at the horse racing center, on October 3, in Lamorlaye, north of Paris. Japanese equine star Orfevre was promoted to favourite for the world's most prestigious middle distance race, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, after winning the influential Arc trial the Group Two Prix Foy at Longchamp, on September 16.
The 37-year-old - who first dreamed of winning the Arc when he worked for English training great Sir Michael Stoute in the late 1990's - will not only be trying to end 32 years of frustration for his compatriots but also make up for his father Yasuo's disappointment in the 2006 edition.
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