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Orfevre reopposes Solemia on home turf

Updated: Wednesday, 21 Nov 2012 20:55 | Comments

The stamina-laden Solemia coped best of all with the bog-like conditions which prevailed at Longchamp on Arc day
The stamina-laden Solemia coped best of all with the bog-like conditions which prevailed at Longchamp on Arc day

Carlos Laffon-Parias says Solemia is coping with the experience of her first trip abroad ahead of Sunday's Japan Cup.

Sunday's contest in Tokyo will see a rematch between the French raider and the home hero Orfevre, who looked to have the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in the bag before it was snatched by Solemia in the final strides as the Japanese raider tired in the testing conditions.

The Wertheimer filly has not raced since, and after watching jockey Olivier Peslier give her a spin on Wednesday morning, Laffon-Parias said: "We decided to bring her to the Japan Cup instead of the Breeders' Cup because the Breeders' Cup was too soon and has a short homestretch, and also because our owner thought that the Japan Cup had more brand value.

"The Tokyo course has a very long stretch, and we think that she can have a very fair run. Since it is her first international campaign, we were a bit worried about the change of atmosphere, but she is almost back to her normal self.

"She was in her best form when aiming for the title in the Arc, and this time she still has a bit of fatigue left from the transportation and quarantine, but she has been well prepared back home, therefore she will not do any more strong work."

"We decided to bring her to the Japan Cup instead of the Breeders' Cup because the Breeders' Cup was too soon and has a short homestretch" - Carlos Laffon-Parias, trainer of Solemia 

The three British-trained Melbourne Cup runners bound for the race, Red Cadeaux, Mount Athos and Jakkalberry, all appeared in decent shape while Roger Varian had arrived to supervise his experienced traveller Sri Putra.

"He looks in good health and I'm very pleased with his condition," said Varian.

"We've had the Japan Cup in mind for a considerable time because he's a horse who shows the best level of form on fast ground and this year in the UK, we've had a very wet summer and autumn.

"He has run twice over a mile-and-a-half and was second on both occasions running a good race without winning, so he shows he has the stamina for this distance.

"Often in Europe races can be tactical going slow, slow and then sprint, but I've always hoped we could get Sri Putra to Japan in good condition because the style of racing will suit him here."

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