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Orfevre - Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas G1) - 24.04.2011

Orfevre, seen here winning the Japanese 2,000 Guineas

  PICTURE: Masakazu Takahashi  

Classic Japan double for thriving sire Stay Gold

Japan; Tokyo

Group 1 Tokyo Yushun  (Japanese Derby), 12f, 3yo, turf

ORFEVRE (c Stay Gold - Oriental Art by Mejiro McQueen)

Breeder: Shadai Corporation in Japan

JAPANESE Derby winner Orfevre is by the top-class middle-distance performer Stay Gold, who broke new ground internationally for Japan when nosing out Fantastic Light in the 2001 Dubai Sheema Classic.

Stay Gold, almost inevitably a son of Sunday Silence, has enjoyed a sparking 2011, also siring the Derby fourth home, Nakayama Knight.  Runner-up Win Variation is a first crop son of another Sunday Silence son, King George third Heart's Cry.

A clean sweep for Sunday Silence scions was halted by third-placed Belshazzar, whose leading sire King Kamehameha is by Kingmambo.

A tough runner who improved with age, Stay Gold signed off his career by defeating Ekraar in the Group 1 Hong Kong Vase. In all, he won seven of 50 starts.

Orfevre is the third Group 1 winner by Stay Gold following his champion brother Dream Journey, who won the 2009 Arima Kinen and was fifth to Vodka in the 2007 Derby, and Nakayama Festa, who ran second in last year's Arc.

Stay Gold stands at the Breeders Stallion Station in Japan.

Besides Dream Journey, Orfevre is a half-brother to three minor winners in Japan. They are out of Oriental Art, a daughter of the Japanese-bred Mejiro McQueen.





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