Newmarket’s Ed Dunlop has confirmed a decision on whether veteran stayer Red Cadeaux will race in his fourth consecutive Melbourne Cup this spring will be made following his next-up run in the September Stakes at Kempton this weekend.
The Cadeaux Genereux eight-year-old has twice come devastatingly close to winning the world’s richest handicap when beaten a nose by Dunaden in 2011 and then three quarters of a length last Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival behind Gai Waterhouse’s maiden Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente.
Red Cadeaux also contested the 2012 edition of the ‘race that stops a nation’ when a luckless first-up eighth from a wide barrier (18) behind the Lloyd Williams-owned Green Moon.
The $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m), run at Flemington on November 4, is again on the agenda for the always honest gelding with a final decision on whether or not to go ahead with a trip down under to be made by early next week.
Red Cadeaux resumed racing at Newbury on August 16 with a close fourth to Seismos in the Group 3 Geoffrey Freer Stakes (2670m), a performance that pleased Dunlop and showed him the horse had another good season left ahead.
“It really was make or break last month when he ran in the Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury, but he showed so much of the old spirit when not beaten far in fourth,” Dunlop told the Racing Post this week.
The trainer will keep the dual Melbourne Cup runner-up, who hasn’t won a race since the 2012 Group 1 Hong Kong Vase (2400m), at home again next start eyeing the September Stakes on Saturday.
“He has been in good order at home since and he goes to Kempton for the September Stakes,” Dunlop confirmed.
After that run the call will be made regarding quarantine for a fourth Melbourne Cup bid.
“After Kempton we have to decide whether to prep him for the first batch to go into quarantine for another crack at the Melbourne Cup,” Dunlop added.
Official 2014 Melbourne Cup nominations will be released later today.
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