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Orfevre - Longchamp - 16/09/2012

Orfevre (left) won the Prix Foy with consumate ease by a length


Soumillon delighted with Orfevre's Arc workout

HAVING put Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe favourite Orfevre through his paces for the final time on Wednesday morning, Christophe Soumillon was delighted with the progression since the pair teamed up for a comfortable victory in the Prix Foy last month.

With two wins already in the Longchamp spectacular under his belt courtesy of Dalakhani in 2003 and the great Zarkava in 2008, Soumillon knows what it takes to win Europe's richest race and in Orfevre he feels he has the partner to take his tally to three.

Having worked the Japanese colt at Les Reservoirs, Soumillon said: "Orfevre worked very well this morning and has come on in three weeks. I'm pleased with him."

After this morning's second forfeit stage 15 rivals remain for the Yasutoshi Ikee-trained four-year-old, who is a best-priced 3-1 with Paddy Power. Taken out were the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris winner Imperial Monarch, who could race in Canada instead, and Nathaniel.

The ground at Longchamp is good to soft but rain is expected on Wednesday afternoon and it could last for 24 hours. Thursday night and all day Friday the rain should hold off but it is forecast to return on Saturday according to Meteo France, which predicts that Sunday will be a beautiful day.

Clerk of the course Christian Delporte said this morning: "It is in the lap of the gods. If we don't have too much rain it could be good to soft or soft for Sunday but more testing if we have more than expected. The grass will be at a length of nine and a half centimetres."

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