Orfevre makes his eagerly-awaited return to French soil when lining up in Sunday's Prix Foy at Longchamp.
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Brought over from Japan to land this trial last year, the chestnut suffered an agonising defeat in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe when idling in front inside the final furlong and getting collared by Solemia.
Then beaten a nose in the Japan Cup, Yasutoshi Ikee's star made only one more appearance when an easy winner of a Grade Two at the end of March before being sidelined, reportedly with a bleeding issue.
Orfevre's life did not get any easier once he had touched down back in Chantilly as he was kicked in the nose by his work companion Blarney Stone prior to his first serious pipe-opener.
However, he has returned to his exercise regime and has been working nicely on the Les Aigles gallop under big-race pilot Christophe Soumillon.
"Last year, he acclimatized to his surroundings immediately and this year is the same," said Ikee. He remembered it all himself and found the environment familiar.
"He's a year older and he's more powerful. After the Osaka Hai, things weren't easy but I see his movement and how his heart and lungs are now and there are no problems.
"We had a lot of trouble this year but, going into a trial, I'd say he's in relatively good shape."
Among the 10 declared is another Japanese raider in Stellar Wind, who won two valuable conditions events earlier in the year but has fallen short at stakes level.
The Foy is likely to determine the future of the 2011 Emirates Melbourne Cup winner Dunaden.
Mikel Delzangles' stayer was down the field back at Flemington last year but looked as if he was returning to his best when second to subsequent King George hero Novellist in his most recent outing in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud.
"It was a good run last time, especially with the way Novellist won at Ascot, and I'm hoping he can run well on Sunday," said Delzangles. "After that, we will know which way we go next, if we go to the Arc or if we go back to Australia."
Another big name on trial is Camelot, who was chasing the English Triple Crown this time last year in the Ladbrokes St Leger.
Aidan O'Brien's colt flopped in the Arc and has been defeated by Al Kazeem in his most recent two outings at the Curragh and Royal Ascot.
Useful challengers from the home team include Mandour and Now We Can, while Very Nice Name represents Qatar-based Frenchman Alban de Mieulle.