A high-performing globetrotter over recent years, trainer Ed Dunlop has confirmed talented stayer Red Cadeaux is on track for a return to Australian shores this spring for a fourth attempt on the featured Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) on November 4th.
First appearing in the Race that Stops a Nation when finishing a short nose behind champion Dunaden in a photo finish in 2011, Red Cadeaux was unable to make up the late ground necessary when eighth in 2012, however again came close when laying down a serious challenge to eventual winner Fiorente in last year’s edition.
Having finished a disappointing fourteenth in the Group 1 Tenno Sho (3218m) at Japan’s Kyoto course last time out on May 4th, Dunlop said the only thing that may throw a spanner in the works for another memorable trip to Australia is the prospect of carrying the Melbourne Cup’s top weight.
“He’s had a long break since Japan, where he had a bad experience,” Dunlop told TVN.
“The ground was very firm and he got very jarred up.
“He’s back working, and he’ll have one prep run, maybe two, before going back to Australia, all being well.
“At his age, I don’t think he should be running in both the Caulfield and Melbourne Cup.
“Ronnie (owner Ron Arculli) has an infatuation with winning the race, but I’ve been advised that they are struggling to get a top weight, which worries me.
“We don’t want to be carrying top weight.
“He’s been an amazing horse.”
Securing an impressive total of seven race wins and seventeen minor places from 44 competitive race starts to date, Red Cadeaux completed a particularly impressive season over 2013; finishing second in the Group 1 Dubai World Cup (2000m) first-up, continuing to build in form and class on his way to fourth in the Group 1 Irish St Leger (2816m), second in the Melbourne Cup and fourth in the Group 1 Hong Kong Vase (2400m) before returning to the paddock.
Yet to be confirmed for a lead-up path towards the country’s headline race, Red Cadeaux is currently available at generous odds of $61 for success in the 2014 Melbourne Cup with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
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