2014 Melbourne Cup veteran Red Cadeaux failed to fire in his last start before making the trip to Australia, but trainer Ed Dunlop is confident that the popular galloper will return to his best form in the Group 1 event at Flemington next Tuesday.
Red Cadeaux has not recorded a race win since he took out the 2012 edition of the Group 1 Hong Kong Vase (2400m), but he has been placed in races like the Group 1 Dubai World Cup (2000m), Group 1 Tenno Sho (3218m) and Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) in the past 18 months.
The Cadeaux Genereux has not been overly impressive in his four race starts in 2014, but Dunlop told Racing.com that the veteran stayer had failed to fire in the Group 1 Irish St Leger (2816m) last year before finishing second behind Fiorente in the Melbourne Cup and the Newmarket-based trainer is confident that Red Cadeaux can maintain his exceptional Melbourne Cup form on the first Tuesday of November.
“He didn’t run well in his last race, but he didn’t run well before coming out last year in the Irish St Leger,” Dunlop said.
“The boys are very happy with him and he’s showing that he’s in good form still so we’ll wait and see and hope that we get a better draw and hope that it’s a truly run race.
“He doesn’t win very often and he’s obviously run second twice but I hope he can run very well and everything else is a bonus.”
Red Cadeaux will become the first European horse in history to run in the Melbourne Cup on four occasions next Tuesday and Dunlop believes that the feat may never be matched by another horse from outside Australia.
Dunlop said that owner Ronald Arculli and all his staff, especially travelling lad Robin Trevor Jones, deserved plenty of credit for getting Red Cadeaux to Australia for the fourth year in a row, but he was adamant that the gelding deserved all the credit for the remarkable achievement.
“To bring a horse here four times in a row is just mind boggling,” Dunlop said.
“He’s pretty old and I said last year if her didn’t run well in the Melbourne Cup we’d retire him and here we are a year later.
“Four times in a row with the same horse, from outside Australia I don’t think it will ever be done again, but that’s a testament to the horse and my staff and obviously the owner.
“He’s a life-changing horse and I’m very happy to have him.”
Red Cadeaux is currently available at 2014 Melbourne Cup odds of $17, while Admire Rakti remains a clear favourite at a quote of $4.80.