Meandre facing Orfevre battle
Andre Fabre feels Meandre will have his work cut out to reverse the form with the Japanese horse Orfevre in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
Meandre went into Sunday's Prix Foy at Longchamp on the back of two Group One wins, but he was put firmly in his place by the 2011 Japanese Triple Crown winner.
While Meandre is fairly prominent in the ante-post lists for Europe's premier middle-distance race, Fabre does not believe he is quite good enough to win.
"It (the Foy) was an awful race to watch, they went no pace at all," Fabre said.
"The result made sense, though. The horses probably finished in the correct order.
"I wouldn't be sure about turning the form around in the Arc.
"In slow races, the best horse usually wins as they have to show a turn of foot. Everyone can make excuses for horses after slow races but the best horse usually wins.
"I've always thought Meandre was good enough to be placed in the Arc, but maybe not quite good enough to win."