Orfevre signs off in style
Orfevre signed off from his racing career in style when he sailed home in the Grade One Arima Kinen at a packed Nakayama racecourse.
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Runner-up in consecutive renewals of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp, the Yasutoshi Ikee-trained five-year-old will now retire to stud after winning 11 of his 19 races.
Orfevre's eight-length verdict over Win Variation was achieved in front of an extraordinary 116,596 racegoers.
Ryan Moore was aboard Gold Ship, but the partnership could finish only third, another length and a half in arrears.
It was Orfevre's second victory in the Arima Kinen after he struck as a three-year-old in 2011 - a year in which he also claimed the Japanese Triple Crown.
Jockey Kenichi Ikezoe said: "I tried to focus on how to settle the horse and to keep him in good rhythm, instead of where to position him.
"He was a bit keen to go but I kept him reserved behind Gold Ship hoping he would stay settled.
"It might have been a bit earlier to make our bid than usual, but he responded so well. I was confident making the last turn that no one would ever be able to catch him. He is definitely the strongest horse in the world."