After Red Cadeaux set his own record in the 2014 Melbourne Cup with three runner-up finishes, trainer Ed Dunlop spoke of the immense pride that engulfed him following the result.
Though he was at first frustrated that the gelding was unable to break his bridesmaid tag, he was proud the nine-year-old was still excelling against his younger peers in the grueling ‘race that stops the nation’.
“I could have retired him today if he had not run well, but look what he did …. again,” Dunlop said via TVN.
Red Cadeaux first finished second to Dunaden in 2011, before missing out on the trophy to Fiorente in 2013. Dunlop was confident the gelding could hold his own in this year’s race, exclaiming the field was nowhere near as competitive as in past years. However, he didn’t account for the German raider Protectionist, who soared home to victory four lengths in yesterday’s race. Once again, Red Cadeaux finished second.
The trainer singled out travelling foreman Robin Trevor Jones and track rider Stephen Nicholson for their continued faith in Red Cadeaux.
“They have said to me for the last month ‘have the faith, have the faith’,” he said.
“He was a late maturing horse, he looks after himself a bit. He’s never flamboyant and we don’t ask him too many questions of him.”
The only horse to ever finish second three times in the Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m), Red Cadeaux took his total prize money to $7,273,297 following the race.
Dunlop is looking to bring the extraordinary stayer back to Australia in the autumn toward the Group 1 Australia Cup (2000m) before travelling to Sydney for the Championship or BMW.
This will be the first time the nine-year-old will race on Australian soil outside of the Melbourne Cup.
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