Talented import Orbec made a competitive debut to Australian racing at Rosehill Gardens over the weekend, and trainer John Thompson has revealed he has set the four-year-old on a path towards the 2015 Metropolitan Handicap (2400m) at Randwick Racecourse on October 3rd.
Posting three wins and as many minors through only nine competitive starts so farm Orbec began his racing career abroad in France; securing several impressive results before transferring to the care of Thompson earlier this year.
Jumping from the gates well in the Merrylands RSL Club BM95 (1800m), the Le Havre entire was settled in prime position within the field of 12 by jockey Tye Angland; receiving an ideal run in transit on the rails.
Finding the final straight with plenty to do, Angland allowed Orbec to steadily gain momentum before asking for an extra effort; the stallion charging forward to finishing an agonizingly-close second to Beyond Thankful.
Understandably pleased with the first-up effort, Thompson told Racenet the four-year-old has pulled up well from the run and will progress to the Listed Wyong Cup (2100m) before preparing for the 2015 Metropolitan Handicap.
“On the TV it looked like he got there but obviously when they put up the photo he got beat,” Thompson said.
“I guess the camera angle favours the inside.
“He’s pulled up super.
“He’d had three barrier trials going into it and two were fairly solid, but he’ll improve going into Wyong.
“He’s a dead set stayer, he hasn’t got a huge turn of foot but he just keeps going.”
Orbec found exceptional condition through his 2014 campaign; running a credible fourth in the Group 2 Prix Hocquart (2200m) behind Cox Plate winner Adelaide; progressing to second in the Derby Du Languedoc (2400m) before taking out each of the Prix Etalon (2400m) and Grand Prix De Clairefontaine (2500m).
Making a hit-and-run stop at Kranji on his way to Australia, Orbec was unable to handle the late pace in the Group 1 Singapore Cup (1800m) and finished seventh.
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