Ace British horseman Ed Dunlop has confirmed his veteran stayer Red Cadeaux will run first-up in the Melbourne Cup 2015 without a lead-up run down under into his fifth shot at the ‘race that stops a nation’.
Cadeaux Genereux 10-year-old Red Cadeaux will be one of the oldest horses to run in the iconic $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) over the Flemington two miles on Tuesday November 3 this spring.
Incredibly, it will be the champion’s fifth straight shot at the world’s richest handicap, a classic Red Cadeaux has run second in three times.
His seconds came in 2011 to Dunaden, 2013 to Fiorente and last year when beaten four lengths by the German visitor Protectionist.
He also finished eighth in 2012 to Green Moon, and booked his 2015 Melbourne Cup bid with his solid third behind Irish St Leger-bound Agent Murphy in the Group 3 Geoffrey Freer Stakes (2672m) at Newbury on August 15.
Red Cadeaux ran fourth to Seismos in the same race 12 months ago, but had one other run before the Melbourne Cup when dead last finishing seventh to Prince Bishop in the Group 3 September Stakes (2400m).
This year Dunlop will rest his old warhorse and keep him fresh for the Melbourne Cup, Red Cadeaux paying $34 in the latest futures markets for the iconic clash through Ladbrokes.com.au.
“Red Cadeaux won’t be going for a warm-up race as his legs won’t take two races but we just hope to get him there in top form on the day,” Dunlop told the Racing Post this week.
Dunlop is also leaning towards bringing over his fellow $34 hope in ante-post Melbourne Cup odds, Trip To Paris, to join his stablemate in the famous Flemington feature.
“Nothing has been confirmed yet but Trip To Paris is more likely than unlikely to enter quarantine with Red Cadeaux on September 10,” Dunlop said.
A five-year-old son of Champs Elyesses, Trip To Paris has been in flying form this season including his tidy one and a quarter length victory in the Group 1 Ascot Gold Cup (4023m) in June.
His next run was a third behind another Melbourne Cup-bound galloper, Big Orange, in the Group 2 Goodwood Cup (3219m) on July 30 where he carried a hefty 62.5kg and was defeated under half a length.
Trip To Paris ran again last week when fifth behind Max Dynamite in the Group 2 Lonsdale Cup (3299m) at York where he failed to perform on the soft course with a notable weight penalty for the Gold Cup victory.
Shorter in the Melbourne Cup markets at $26, the Michael Bell-trained Big Orange meanwhile won the Goodwood Cup on the back of a 2414m win at Newmarket in Group 2 company and now boasts five victories from 12 career runs.
Owner Bill Gredley confirmed plans to head to Australia for a Melbourne Cup bid with the Duke Of Marmalade gelding who was also ill-suited to the York track in the Lonsdale Cup when crossing a well beaten seventh.
“Big Orange didn’t like the ground at York and also pulled a shoe off, but is fine again now,” Gredley said.
“The plan is still to take him to the Melbourne Cup, but he won’t have a prep race out there as there won’t be enough time.”
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