International stayer Red Cadeaux already set a precedence by making his fourth consecutive trip out to Australia for the 2014 Melbourne Cup but following this afternoon’s race he truly created history.
For the fourth time in five years, Red Cadeaux ran runner-up in the Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m). The nine-year-old gelding, trained by Ed Dunlop, is the only horse in the race’s history to come second three times.
While this is an accomplishment in and of itself, it’s equally devastating to think how close he’s come to winning the $6.2 million feature race without actually taking the trophy; continually coming so close yet finishing so far away at the same time.
Red Cadeaux, who was a $21 shot in the Melbourne Cup betting at Ladbrokes.com.au, finished four lengths off winner Protectionist in second place.
The stayer was poised to make his run round the bend in third place before hitting the front with 300m to go. However he couldn’t hold off the German raider who burst through the pack, racing away at the 100m mark and winning clear by four lengths.
This is the largest berth Red Cadeaux has missed out on winning by since he finished an unplaced eighth back in 2012. The gelding was just a nose off Dunden in 2011 before missing out by less than one length to Fiorente last year.
Despite failing to win the ‘race that stops the nation’ once again, and retaining his ‘bridesmaid’ title, his trainer and connections will undoubtedly be ecstatic with Red Cadeaux.
The Melbourne Cup may be over but there’s still plenty of racing to sink your teeth into a Flemington this week.
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