Trainer John Thompson has set Orbec for Saturday’s Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) at Royal Randwick, and is confident the talented import will line up for the racing in perfect condition.
Orbec began his racing career abroad in his native France; more than stamping his claims as one to watch in posting three wins and two minors through eight competitive starts before being purchased and transferred to the care of Thompson prior to his current preparation.
Yet to finish outside the first three in his three Australian starts this time, Thompson is understandably pleased with the condition of the Le Havre gelding and is confident the conditions of the 2015 Metropolitan Handicap are ideal as the horse’s fourth point of call.
“He is a lovely stallion,” Thompson told Racing Ahead.
“He has been running very consistent and with each run he has got a little bit fitter.
“I dare say that he is probably coming right for Saturday.
“He is coming back to his home track and he is a stallion that doesn’t travel really well, so running at his home track he will definitely benefit.
“The further the better.
“His form in France is over 3000 metres and the further he goes here the better he will get.
“We took him to Kembla Grange yesterday to give him an exhibition gallop between races just to really get him at a 110 percent.
“He is in good shape, he looks magnificent and it is his Grand Final on Saturday, so he will be ready to go.”
Thompson confirmed regular hoop Tye Angland was unable to make the weight to ride Orbec in The Metropolitan, and has booked Hong Kong-based jockey Zac Purton to take the ride on Saturday.
“Tye obviously couldn’t do the 52, but the weights have gone up and it makes it even easier for Zac,” Thompson said.
“He is a good rider, he is world class as we all know.
“The horse is a pretty easy ride and it is great to have him on.”
Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the best 2015 The Metropolitan odds, for which Orbec can be taken at a generous quote of $12 for success or $3.90 to finish in the first three.