Camelot to race on in 2013
The reaction of the beaten connections from Sunday's Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.
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Orfevre's defeat follows those of his fellow Japanese raiders El Condor Pasa (1999) and Nakayama Festa (2010), who also finished second in the Arc.
Christophe Soumillon summarised the Japanese disappointment when he said: "It's sad because he's got huge potential, but I've got no regrets. Once I had the lead, no-one could have imagined that we'd be beaten. The overconfidence in him defeated us and 50 metres from the line, I saw I'd have difficulty getting him going again.
"He has what it takes to win the Arc, he's the best horse I've ever ridden. I hope he'll run against Frankel in the Champion Stakes, or else in the Japan Cup."
Aidan O'Brien said of seventh-placed Camelot: "It was very sporting of the lads to let him run, but he wants fast ground. Joseph (O'Brien) has always said he is a better horse on quicker ground and it's been a long, hard season.
"He's also come back minus two or three shoes.
"He's something for us to look forward to next season, as he will remain in training. Hopefully he has a good winter and he could be something unbelievable next year.
"As far as St Nick (St Nicholas Abbey) is concerned, he will now go to Santa Anita for another crack at the Breeders' Cup."
Jockey Frankie Dettori said: "It was just a long season took its toll. I had a perfect trip and he took me beautifully into the straight on the bridle, but just as soon I knew we were in trouble and in fairness to the horse he's been going for some time since the Guineas."
The John Gosden-trained Great Heavens ran a creditable race in sixth, having only been supplemented on Thursday in the enforced absence of her brother Nathaniel.
Gosden said: "It's very tough taking on the older horses, but I couldn't be happier with her. She ran her heart out.
"It's entirely the owner's decision (on whether she will stay in training)."
Her rider William Buick said: "She ran great, I was proud of her finishing sixth in a good Arc."
Sir Michael Stoute's Sea Moon was eighth and the trainer said: "For a good-actioned horse he doesn't want the ground as puddingy as that, Ryan (Moore) said he never felt smooth on it at any point."
Andre Fabre's Masterstroke was carrying the French colours of Godolphin, whose racing manager Simon Crisford said: "He ran really well and is going to be a really nice mile-and-a-half horse next year.
"He was beaten by better horses on the day, but he is one to look forward to."