|Name / Japanese||Orfevre / オルフェーヴル|
|Earnings||1,344,084,000 yen (only Japan)|
|Races-Win / G1-Win||21-12 / 10-6|
|Dam (Sire)||Oriental Art (Mejiro McQueen)|
|Other site link||JBIS / Umanity / netkeiba|
|Awards||JRA Award for Best Three-Year-Old Colt (2011)
JRA Award for Horse of the Year (2011)
JRA Award for Best Older Male Horse (2012,2013)
|Honours / Honors||Japan Racing Association Hall of Fame (2015)|
- His full brother is Dream Journey.
- As a child, Orfevre was bullied by other horses due to his small size and weak temperament.
His trainer, Yasutoshi Ikee, was in charge of Stay Gold in the stables of his father, Yasuo Ikee.
Yasutoshi Ikee later opened a stable and took charge of Dream Journey.
Ikee was very wary of Orfevre because he knew how rough Orfevre’s sire and brother were.
Apparently, when Ikee first saw Orfevre, Orfevre was so quiet that Ikee was relieved.
- Orfevre showed a rough temper in 2010 (age: 2), just like other Stay Gold’s foals.
He shook out of his jockey, Ikezoe Kenichi, from his saddle after finished the new comer race.
At one point, he was delayed to start because he was called out within the start gate.
He went forward forever when he was urged by jockey to follow a horse group.
G1 races + grade-races he won : In 2011 (age 3)
|Fuji TV Spring Stakes (G2)||6||1||G|
|2011 24/04||Tokyo T2000||Satsuki Sho (G1)||12||1||◆|
|2011 29/05||Tokyo T2400||Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) (G1)||5||1||◆|
|Kobe Shimbun Hai (G2)||7||1||G|
|2011 23/10||Kyoto T3000||Kikuka Sho (G1)||14||1||◆|
|2011 25/12||Nakayama T2500||Arima Kinen (G1)||9||1||◆|
- He was calm when he was three years old.
- In the Satsuki Sho and Tokyo Yushun, he was easy to win.
- In the Kikuka Sho, he was easy to win.
He became a Triple Crown horse.
However, he shook out of his jockey after the race just like as the new comer race.
- In the Arima Kinen, there were none G1 horses that they had 19 G1 titles including Orfevre.
Orfevre was late to start, but gradually went up from there.
He took the lead in the home stretch and finished 1st.
His brother Dream Journey also won the Arima Kinen (2009), so the wins of Arima Kinen by brothers was the first time in history.
All races : In 2012 (age 4)
|2012 18/03||Hanshin T3000||Hanshin Daishoten (G2)||12||2||G|
|2012 29/04||Kyoto T3200||Tenno Sho (spring) (G1)||18||11||◆|
|2012 24/06||Hanshin T2200||Takarazuka Kinen (G1)||11||1||◆|
|Prix Foy (G2)||4||1||G|
|2012 07/10||Longchamp T2400||Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1)||6||2||G|
|2012 25/11||Tokyo T2400||Japan Cup (G1)||17||2||◆|
- It may be the Hanshin Daishoten that Orfevre showed the most eerie strength.
He came to disobey the instructions of the jockey after being overtaken by No.6 Namura Crescent.
He tried to keep up with Namura Crescent and finally overtook Namura Crescent.
And then, he suddenly slowed down and retreated to the third place from the rear.
Many people thought that he was injured and the crowd went into a tizzy.
But he started to run again.
After all, he passed many horses again and finished in 2nd place.
In this race he showed his mental fragility and his incredible speed and stamina.
He had to take a reexamination as his running in this race was questioned.
- He passed the reexamination, but he lost in the Tenno Sho (spring), probably due to lack of conditioning.
- He raised the condition again and won the Takarazuka Kinen.
Same as the Arima Kinen, it was the wins of same G1-race by brothers.
His connections decided to challenge the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
- In the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2012), he stayed off a pace.
He took the lead about 300m before the finish-line and he separated from the following.
It seemed like he would win, but he idled and was passed by Solemia.
After all, he was the 2nd.
The first victory of Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe by a Japanese Horse was not realized.
All races: In 2013 (age 5)
|Sankei Osaka Hai (G2)||5||1||G|
|Longchamp T2400||Prix Foy (G2)||7||1||G|
|2013 06/10||Longchamp T2400||Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1)||6||2||G|
|2013 22/12||Nakayama T2500||Arima Kinen (G1)||6||1||◆|
- He challenged to the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe again, but he lost to Treve.
- In the Arima Kinen, the last race for him, he showed great performance and won by 8 lengths.
- He is a sire of Lucky Lilac and Epoca d’Oro.
So far, only those two horses have won the G1 race.
(As of June 2020)
- Marche Lorraine won the Breeders’ Cup Distaff.
This was the first time in history that a Japanese-trained horse had won a dirt G1 race in a foreign country.
(There has been a Victoire Pisa who won the Dubai World Cup on an all-weather track and Japanese-trained horses who won the Korea Cup, a domestic G1 race in Korea, in the past.)