Orfevre's Arc bid may be hampered by bad draw

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Associated Press

Posted on October 5, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 5 at 6:32 AM

PARIS (AP) — Japanese thoroughbred Orfevre will have to overcome a bad draw to beat rival Camelot in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Sunday.

Orfevre, the Japanese Triple Crown winner, has been in good form after winning last month's Prix Foy on the same turf at Longchamp. But Orfevre has been drawn in the 18th stall.

The last horse to win from a double-figure draw was Dalakhani in 2003, which is good news for Camelot and three-time Arc winner Frankie Dettori after they were drawn in the fifth stall.

Orfevre and Camelot are the favorites after defending champion Danedream was withdrawn this week when her stables in Germany were placed into quarantine after an outbreak of an equine infection.

British contenders Nathaniel Snow Fairy also withdrew.

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