Orfevre suffers in Japan Cup draw

  • Last Updated: November 22 2012, 16:58 GMT

Market leader Orfevre has been drawn widest of all in Sunday's Japan Cup at Tokyo Racecourse.

Orfevre: Drawn widest of all in Japan

The Japanese superstar will line up in box 17 of 17 after the final declarations and draw were made on Thursday.

The son of Stay Gold suffered a similar fate in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp last month but almost overcame the statistics in winning from stall 18 in Paris.

He succumbed to the better drawn Solemia on that occasion but the French filly could have her work cut out to confirm the placings from the 14 box.

The four British raiders have fared fairly well with Sri Putra in two, Mount Athos and Red Cadeaux next to each other in five and six respectively and Jakkalberry in 11.

However, the general feeling is that Orfevre is still the horse to beat with Olivier Peslier - the rider of Solemia - telling a press conference: "Personally, I think that Orfevre is the strongest runner in this field-I had a very hard time beating him in the Arc and was fortunate to win, but he was remarkably strong and a probable winner in that race also.

"This time around, he has the advantage of running on home-ground while the filly has come a long way over and tired, which will make it even more difficult for her to win against him."

Roger Varian, trainer of Sri Putra, acknowledged that Orfevre will be hard to beat, describing him as 'a superstar' but also revealed at the press conference which was reported on www.japanracing.jp that there were others among the home team that he also feared: "I was also very impressed with Rulership's latest race when he was third in the Tenno Sho-I thought his finish that day was very strong and it looked like extra distance in the Japan Cup would suit him, and I think he'd be very hard to beat.

"Gentildonna looks a superstar as well, and having to concede weight to her will be very difficult. So I would see the home horses as being very hard to beat."

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