Japanese super-horse Orfevre was narrowly beaten in L’Arc de Triomphe last year, Can he now be crowned ruler of the world or will another European horse deny him of victory?
Orfevre cruised to the front last year and looked certain of victory only to be pipped at the line. In what looks one of the strongest renewals in years the Japanese super-horse has been made favourite. The style of his trial victory suggests that he may be better than ever, but he will have to get the better of some excellent European foes.
The unbeaten filly Treve has attracted a lot of attention due to the nature of her facile victories, but it is questionable that she will be able translate that form against her male rivals. Crockford believes that the stronger opposition to Orfevre will come from Andre Fabre’s fabulous Intello and Aidan O’Brien’s Ruler Of The World.
Intello is the stand out three-year-old in France and was a worthy winner of the French Derby. Both of his defeats have come when the trip has been too short for the colt. The last defeat being against the brilliant Moonlight Cloud who looks poised to win again today at (4.40) in the Prix de le Floret.
The English Derby winner Ruler of The World has come back to form with his run in the trial a few weeks ago and looked a little unlucky in defeat to Kizuna. Kizuna the Japanese Derby winner looks very useful too and is a good yard-stick of O’Brien’s colt’s ability especially given the fact the highly regarded Flintshire finished behind them in fourth.
Al Kazeem a winner of three group one prizes this season should truly relish the softer conditions and does look over priced at around 16/1. However, the group one victories were not of this standard and he will find a few too good for him today. O’Brien’s other runner the St Leger winner Leading Light has each way claims along with Flintshire and the over-priced Meandre.
In what is a stronger race than the 2012 renewal Orfevre will gain the crown and there will be a Japenese ruler of the world.
(Fetaured Photograph – Aidan O’Brien and Ruler Of The World by Stuart Rice)