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Orfevre Wins Japan Gr1 Satsuki Sho-2000 Guineas
In Japan, the colt Orfevre (Stay Gold-Oriental Art, by Mejiro Mc Queen) scored a 3-lengths victory in the ¥202.16 million (A$2.385m) Gr1 Satsuki Sho-2000 Guineas (2000m) for 3YOs at Tokyo. Orfevre (ridden by Kenichi Ikezoe for trainer Yasutoshi Ikee) defeated favoured colt Sadamu Patek (Fuji Kiseki-Summer Night City, by Helissio) & another colt Danon Ballade (Deep Impact-Lady Ballade, by Unbridled). Orfevre took his record to 3 wins (also including March's Gr2 Sho Spring Stakes over 1800m at Hanshin) & 3 placings (including February's Gr3 Kisaragi Sho over 1800m at Kyoto & January's Gr3 Sho Shinzan Kinen over 1600m at Kyoto) from 7 starts for ¥224,949,000 (A$2.654m) earnings.