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Orfevre - Kikuka Sho (G1)

Orfevre won the Prix Foy over Sunday's course and distance last month

  PICTURE: Masakazu Takahashi  

Japanese star Orfevre drawn 18 in Arc

JAPANESE raider Orfevre will become the first horse since Dalakhani in 2003 to defy a double-figure draw in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe if he is successful on Sunday.

The draw for the Longchamp highlight was made on Friday morning with Orfevre in 18 and main market-rival Camelot in five, where Bago came from to win the Arc in 2004.

The task facing Orfevre is highlighted by the stalls the last ten winners have been drawn in. They read two, eight, six, one, six, four, six, five, 14 and three.

As a result Camelot is now favourite, generally around the 5-2 mark, with Orfevre a top-priced 4-1 with Paddy Power.

Shareta (11) is another with a double-digit position, which is the same for Sea Moon and Masterstroke in 16 and 17. Camelot's Aidan O'Brien-trained stablemate St Nicholas Abbey is in ten.

Prix Niel winner Saonois and the supplemented Irish Oaks heroine Great Heavens have - according to recent history - more favourable slots in two and seven.

The going at Longchamp was described as soft on Friday morning. Light showers are forecast on Saturday, but it is set to be dry on Sunday.

France Galop's Francois Boulard said: "The ground shouldn't provide a handicap to anyone."

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