Orfevre ready for date with destiny
Orfevre's trainer Yasutoshi Ikee wants to "set the record straight" in Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.
The Japanese superstar looked set to record a first win for the Far East in Europe's premier middle-distance race 12 months ago when he swept around the whole field to take up the running inside the final furlong.
But as that manoeuvre began to take its toll, Orfevre's stride shortened and he collided with the rail, allowing outsider Solemia to catch him just strides before the line.
Ikee admits that Orfevre, who has been drawn in stall eight, can be his own worst enemy at times, but he has been delighted with his charge since his easy victory in the Prix Foy.
History is against him, however, as 60 horses have failed to win the Arc after having been beaten the previous year.
His preparation has gone very well. It was a serious workout (on Wednesday) and he came through without hesitation and once he was in front, he finished well," said Ikee.
"All the work he's done has been in such a way that he will stay mentally right. He's made a lot of progress mentally.
"On Sunday there will be lots of runners and maybe it will be difficult to get a perfect run but I have done my work and Orfevre is ready.
"Everything he's done has been so that he's in top form for Sunday and now it's up to the horse and Christophe Soumillon.
"Naturally (he can be his own worst enemy). There's some very good horses in the race but we know when he works well and if everything goes well on Sunday, I think he can win. I really thought we would have won last year, I was very disappointed.
"Orfevre had a relapse that day but I really hope he can give the Japanese fans something to cheer on Sunday. I want to set the record straight."