31 May 2011

Local hero Orfevre takes GI Japan Derby

In Japan, favoured colt Orfevre (Stay Gold-Oriental Art, by Mejiro Mc Queen) followed up last month’s 3-lengths victory in the Gr1 Satsuki Sho-2000 Guineas (2000m) at Tokyo with a 1.75-lengths victory in the ¥313 million (A$3.662m) Gr1 Tokyo Yushun-Japanese Derby (2400m) for 3YOs at Tokyo. Orfevre (ridden by Kenichi Ikezoe for trainer Yasutoshi Ikee) defeated fellow colts Win Variation (Heart's Cry-Super Ballerina, by Storm Bird) & Belshazzar (King Kamehameha-Maruka Candy, by Sunday Silence). Orfevre took his record to 4 wins (also including March's Gr2 Sho Spring Stakes over 1800m at Hanshin) & 3 placings (including February's Gr3 Kisaragi Sho over 1800m at Kyoto & January's Gr3 Sho Shinzan Kinen over 1600m at Kyoto) from 8 starts for ¥411,209,000 (AUD$4.811m) earnings. (Breedingracing.com)

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