Orvefre's Arc work postponed
Last Updated: 04/09/13 4:50pm
Orfevre (left): Work postponed
Japan's big Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe contender Orfevre is now likely to have his first important workout at the weekend.
Yasutoshi Ikee's chestnut was agonisingly beaten by Solemia last October, the latest in a string of painful defeats for the nation's runners in the European finale.
Orfevre has not appeared on the track since winning at Hanshin in March and is likely to warm up for the Arc in the Prix Foy on September 15, as he did last year.
He was due to have a spin on Wednesday morning but received a kick from a work companion while they were walking to the starting point of the gallop at Chantilly.
The injury is not believed to be serious, and Ikee told the Japanese press: "Orfevre's training schedule has been changed as follows: at this stage serious track work on turf is scheduled to be held on Saturday, September 7, and serious track work with Christophe Soumillon is scheduled for Thursday, September 12."