Orfevre: Japan’s first Triple Crown winner since Deep Impact in 2005PICTURE: Masakazu Takahashi
Orfevre named Japanese Horse of the Year
Japan: Orfevre, Japan’s first Triple Crown winner since the great Deep Impact in 2005, has won the nation’s highest accolade after being named the Japan Racing Association’s Horse of the Year for 2011.
The son of Stay Gold, who also beat his elders in the Arima Kinen, is set to be targeted at the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in 2012, when the Dubai World Cup meeting may also be on the agenda.
Trainer Yasutoshi Ikee said: "I am very honoured - I hope he will win the Arc de Triomphe and grab the title of 'Horse of the World' this year."
At the end of 2011, Yuichi Fukunaga claimed his first JRA jockeys' title with 133 victories, just two more than Yasunari Iwata.
Leading trainer with 59 winners was Katsuhiko Sumii, with Ikee joint-second on the 49-winner mark alongside Hideaki Fujiwara.
JRA AWARD WINNERS
Horse of the Year: Orfevre (Yasutoshi Ikee)
Older male: Victoire Pisa (Katsuhiko Sumii)
Older female: Buena Vista (Hiroyoshi Matsuda)
3yo colt: Orfevre (Yasutoshi Ikee)
3yo filly: Aventura (Katsuhiko Sumii)
2yo colt: Alfredo (Takayuki Tezuka)
Sprinter: Curren Chan (Takayuki Yasuda)
Dirt horse: Transcend (Takayuki Yasuda)
Jockey: Yuichi Fukunaga
Trainer: Katsuhiko Sumii