Fifth Time Lucky for Red Cadeaux in 2015 Melbourne Cup

Connections of the Ed Dunlop-trained triple Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux are hoping the veteran international raider can finally break his bridesmaid status when he lines up in the ‘race that stops a nation’ for the fifth year on the trot.

Red Cadeaux

Red Cadeaux runs in the Melbourne Cup Tuesday week for the fifth straight year looking to improve on three seconds in the Flemington classic. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Racing as 10-year-old in Australia this Spring, the Cadeaux Generuex gelding was second to Dunaden in 2011, eighth to Green Moon in 2012, second to Fiorente in 2013 and then finished runner-up for a third time in last year’s $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) behind German visitor Protectionist.

Red Cadeaux has had six subsequent runs over the last 12 months including a second to Criterion, who ran a very brave second to superstar mare Winx in the Cox Plate last Saturday on way to his maiden Melbourne Cup attempt, in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) in Sydney back in April.

Last time out Dunlop’s $8 million earner raced at Newbury in the UK in mid-August and ran a nice trial ahead of his fifth Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival appearance when third to Agent Murphy in the Group 3 Geoffrey Freer Stakes (2672m).

Like last spring, Red Cadeaux will run in the Melbourne Cup field first-up without a previous run down under this campaign when he takes on one of the most imposing line-ups in the world’s richest handicap at Flemington Racecourse on November 3.

On Monday Racing Victoria took 42 Melbourne Cup second acceptances including two for Dunlop.

Red Cadeaux is joined in the mix this season by his flying younger stablemate Trip To Paris, the two sitting 12th and 11th respectively in the latest Melbourne Cup order of entry.

All the hype this year has been on Chaps Elysees gelding Trip To Paris after the Group 1 Ascot Gold Cup (4023m) winner and Group 2 Goodwood Cup (3219m) third placed galloper debuted down under with a strong second to Mongolian Khan in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m).

The last Melbourne Cup winner to come straight out of a Caulfield Cup without a run in between was the Japanese raider Delta Blues (3rd in 2006).

Another horse from Japan, Fame Game, is the current $4 favourite in the all-in Melbourne Cup odds at – home of Best Tote or SP + 20% on the full Victoria Derby Day program this Saturday for the opening Melbourne Cup Carnival meeting.

Murray Baker’s New Zealand-trained Caulfield Cup winner Mongolian Khan and Trip To Paris are then the $8 co-second picks in the futures Melbourne Cup betting markets.

Further down at a quote of $26 is Dunlop’s forgotten second hope Red Cadeaux, assistant trainer Robin Trevor-Jones believing the horse to be “spot on” for his historical fifth attempt at a ‘Loving Trophy’.

“This race just seems to get hold of you,” Trevor-Jones said on Monday after being presented with a special recognition for his efforts down under with Red Cadeaux by the Victoria Racing Club (VRC).

“I think about it every day.

“I know he’s the right horse that could win it, it’s a very special race.

“At the moment the horse is absolutely spot on.”

“He does seem to love Australia.”

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