Japan denied as quirky Orfevre allows Solemia victory‏

Remember the man, remember the name - Carlos Laffon-Parias and Olivier Peslier came, saw and conquered in scintillating fashion as their four year old filly, Solemia, reeled in Orfevre in the dying strides of the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe to cause yet another upset in greatest turf race in the world.
Having reigned supreme earlier on the card with Silasol in the Prix Marcel Boussac, the partnership of Laffon-Parias and Peslier reunited yet again to reap the rewards of the unpredictability of the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe in one of the most open renewals for many a year to earn Olivier Peslier his fourth victory in the great race.  
With Aidan O'Brien's pacemaking duo of Ernest Hemingway and Robin Hood towing the field along in traditional fashion, the majority of the market principles settled at the rear of the field biding their time to deliver their challenges in the final stages of the race. Two lengths behind, Dettori had settled their stablemate, Camelot, on the inside of the pack along the rail seemingly looking to capitalise with an early move coming into the straight.
Solemia, whom carried the recogniseable Wertheimer & Frere silks that had been worn aboard Goldikova in all three of her Breeders Cup Mile victories, sat close to the pace under a traditional rail-hugging ride from Peslier in fourth with Japan's Triple Crown winner, Orfevre, alongsde Sea Moon at the tail of the field tracking his pacemaker.
As the field drew into the straight, Ernest Hemingway, such is the manner of the Ballydoyle pacemaking, was left with a wide margin lead awaiting the inevitable pressure from the more fancied rivals. However, despite the anticipation that Ballydoyle held of a challenge from their highly-fancied three year old star, Camelot, this was not forthcoming, with Camelot toiling in the home straight eventually finishing a well-beaten seventh and doing little to dispel the belief that he is the best of a poor crop of European three year olds.
As many efforts from rivals proved futile, Orfevre stormed to the front seemingly full of running only for him to drift into the whip and across the majority of the track whilst attempting to pull away. Despite this, Orfevre still looked to be dominating and pulling away from the pack only for the quirky four year old son of Stay Gold to continue to hang and tie up, eventually resulting with the horse bumping into the rail in the final strides. A move which may have cost him the race and opened the door for Solemia to deliver a last gasp challenge.
"She's such a nice strong filly" said Pierre-Yves Bureau, racing manager to Wertheimer & Frere, "It looked like we were going to be second but he [Peslier] gave her a magnificent ride and that's why we have big jockeys for these kind of races. She ran a very nice race in the Prix Vermeille and we were very happy when the rain came. It's a very nice day, there have been tears, and it's great for the breeding operation".
St Nicholas Abbey, Sea Moon, Saonois and Shareta all failed to deliver any challenge of substantial proportions with St Nicholas Abbey, again, unable to fire on a right-handed track.
Masterstroke, a progressive three year old in the caring hands of Andre Fabre and the ownership of Sheikh Mohammed's Darley operation, plugged on well in the final stages to be assured of third-place and earmark himself as an exciting proposition for the Darley operation next season alongside Encke.
Haya Land, the outsider of the field, surged home for fourth in a race that saw fillies and mares fill four of the front six positions a year after Danedream, Shareta and Snow Fairy struck a 1-2-3 of feminine domination. 


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pacemakers, horses who don't handle the going and outclassed horses don;t count. All the horses I mentioned were threats to win and ran well- on or near the rail.
only matters down the stretch
In the Lagardere, one was obviously a pacesetter and the other was close to the pace and tired. Really travel_vic. Good horses like Orfevre and Izzy Top ran well. Silasol was not favored but handled the ground well. If the rail were so deadly she would have folded. She didn't. Orfevre lost the race himself, for whatever reason went thorugh his head. Even Euro columnists said his ducking to the rail in the Arc with Soumillon up showed that it was not all his Japanese jockey's fault. The horse is becoming a head case.
Silasol was on the rail the whole way in the Boussac????? What race were you watching. She won. So that is a win for her, a second for Izzy Top and a second for Orfevre. Do you want me to go on???
Don Bosco is your example for the Dollar??????
Izzy Top ran second in the Opera on the rail. How did that happen? She was a legitimate threat and she ran like it. On the rail.
and should those horses have won? Were they the best horses in the race? Could they handle the turf conditions? There are mny, many reasons why tht might happen, not just the simplistic one you have decided to latch on to.
2012 Prix Jean-luc Lagardere Horses near inner rail BACKED UP. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqP6bjYr6oo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABl6KBK7xvM Rider drops to rail and BACKS UP in the Prix Marc el Boussac
Prix Dollar: horses on the rail went backwards down the lane. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSA9EouJ_xw
Looked at the other races and the same thing:NO one moved up on the inner rail. Not a favored spot.
reference just watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kluttGunQc
NO ONE moved up on the rail.....NO ONE. If it was such a great place to be, wouldn't you think more of these riders would have picked up on it??
Watch the entire contest, as I did....Several in fact. NO ONE moved up near the inner rail. NO ONE.
Marcello- the colt had never run on a course that testing before. You are right in that if the course was a touch on the good side he would have been far ahead of Solemia, but other horses who did not handle the course might have run to form also, so it would have been a totally different race. Solemia handled the course best. This Arc was actually the lowest rated Arc in a long time, and the lowest rated Racing Post has ever rated, and they have rated Arcs since 1988 I believe. It was not a strong Arc. Probably die to the conditions and the amount of horses who did not handle the course condition. But that is racing.
you were not riding that day travel_vic, and Orfevre put himself much closer to the absolute rail than Soumillon did. Soumillon obviously knows the course better than you do. Sorry, but it is a fact.
Thi Colt has won going over 3000m....I am pretty sure the distance was no issue. If that Track played a tuch to the good side...he wins by 5 going away.
I have too but NO ONE did it Sunday, save the one horse who lost the race after bearing into it.
Goodwood is not Longchamp, and unless you have inside information where the best part of the course actually was, then you are just speculating. I have seen many a Euro race where the field is split between one rail or another, meaning that the rail on both sides of the course was the best part of the course. You cannot make generalizations about Longchamp because of something observed at Goodwood.
I have walked many a course and talked to the maintenance crew about drainage...Near the inner rail tends to be the worst place on any course....OUTER rail, which I have seen is very fast soemtimes at Goodwood, is another ball game

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