Orbec Ready for 2015 Wyong Cup

September 1st, 2015

Orbec made a competitive debut to Australian racing three weeks ago, and trainer John Thompson believes the talented import will carry enough freshness into Friday’s 2015 Wyong Gold Cup (2080m) to win the event for stayers.

Orbec (middle, number 5) will contest his second Australian start in the 2015 Wyong Cup. Photo: Steve Hart

Orbec (middle, number 5) will contest his second Australian start in the 2015 Wyong Cup. Photo: Steve Hart

Orbec began his racing career abroad in France; posting an impressive three wins and two minors before transferring to the care of Thompson, who first saddled the horse for seventh in the Group 1 Singapore Cup (1800m) at Kranji in February prior to his arrival in Australia.

While conceded the classy son of Le Havre will undoubtedly be at his best in races exhibiting a running distance of a mile-and-a-half or more, Thompson told Racing Ahead he is pleased with the condition of the horse and is confident he is capable of success in the 2015 Wyong Cup.

“He’s going super and has come through his first run with flying colours,” Thompson said.

“It’s a shame it’s not a bit further but 2000m is good enough with three weeks between runs – he’s still probably got the freshness in him to win over that distance.

“I think he’ll come into his own when he gets up and over 2400m and beyond.”

Running fifth in a Bordeaux minor over 1900m on debut in late 2013, Orbec was immediately returned to the paddock before returning in 2014 for immediate success in the Bordeaux 3.y.o Maiden (1900m).

Progressing to second in the Prix Des Orfevres (2200m) in April, Orbec again ran second behind Machucambo in the Derby Du Languedoc before ending his French tenure with consecutive success in each of the Prix Etalon (2400m) and Grand Prix De Clairefontaine (2500m).

The 2015 Wyong Gold Cup final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.

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