Ed Dunlop’s gallant runner-up in last year’s edition of the world’s richest handicap Red Cadeaux will put their claims for a return trip down under for the Melbourne Cup 2012 on the line when they race at Royal Ascot on Saturday.
The Cadeaux Genereux six-year-old from Newmarket finished second to French stayer Dunaden in the closest Melbourne Cup finish in history at Flemington last November, the aspirations for another shot at the $6.2 million ‘race that stops a nation’ to continue this weekend.
Last seen running second to St Nicholas Abbey in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Coronation Cup (2423m) at Epsom Downs on June 2, Red Cadeaux could next enjoy a rematch with his Melbourne Cup conqueror Duanden in the £200,000 Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes (2414m) at Royal Ascot on Diamond Jubilee Day this Saturday.
It adds to the intrigue for Aussie fans at the meeting that is headlined by superstar Melbourne mare Black Caviar vying for her incredible 22nd straight career success in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1200m).
Other notable hopefuls entered for the Hardwicke Stakes this year include up-and-comer Aiken who defeated the Mikel Delzangles-trained Dunaden in the Grand Prix de Chantilly in France on June 3, last year’s St Leger champ Masked Marvel and the Aidan O’Brien-trained Fame And Glory.
Prior to their last start second in the Coronation Cup Red Cadeaux enjoyed their first win since their nine length romp at The Curragh in June last year, the galloper beating home Glen’s Diamond by a length in the Group 2 Yorskshire Cup (2816m) on May 18.
Dunlop is admittedly over the moon with the progress of Red Cadeaux this year and rates him a good chance in the Hardwicke, the horse’s performance in which will give their trainer an even clearer idea of whether to head back to Australia for the Melbourne Cup this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
“I’m over the moon,” Dunlop said.
“He’s an absolute superstar and I think we’ll have to treat him with a bit more respect.
“He’s in the Hardwicke at Ascot, not the Gold Cup.
“We’ll have to see what the (Racing Victoria) handicapper does but he’ll have a lot of weight now in Melbourne.
“The owner is still keen to go.”
Futures Melbourne Cup odds at bookmaker.com.au are narrowly led by 2010 winner Americain at $17.
Red Cadeaux sits further down the Melbourne Cup 2012 betting markets at a quote of $26 while Dunaden isn’t far behind paying $31.
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