Red Cadeaux Melbourne Cup Preparations
On only one occasion in the last 35 years has a Melbourne Cup runner up returned 12 months later to claim the prize - the mighty mare Empire Rose back in 1988.
In 1997 a gallant half-length second to Kensei, the big Laurie Laxon trained galloper was back at Flemington the following year - defeating Vo Rogue and Sky Chase in the Mackinnon Stakes on Derby Day before engaging in a memorable battle with Natski to win the Melbourne Cup by a half head.
Another good-looking chestnut is attempting to do just what Empire Rose did that year, Red Cadeaux looking to avenge his nose defeat by Dunaden last year.A consistent and classy galloper who has not been out of the placings since his game performance at Flemington last spring, the Ed Dunlop trained six-year-old may head to Melbourne earlier this year - the Caulfield Cup also an aim.
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Third in the Gr.1 Hong Kong Vase (also won by Dunaden) a month after his Melbourne Cup second, Red Cadeaux has been racing in great heart this time in - taking out the Gr.2 Yorkshire Cup in mid-May and finishing second, third and third in feature races since.
Expected to go even closer at his most recent outing, the Gr.2 Princess Of Wales' Stakes at Newmarket, Red Cadeaux was - said his trainer - not particularly suited on rain affected going. "And it could have been one race too many," he said, "he will now have a break before Australia."
Dunlop was excited by Red Cadeaux's effort in last year's Melbourne Cup, at the time saying that he was "very proud."
"He ran a huge race!" Dunlop is understandably very fond of Red Cadeaux - "he's been a star," he said recently, "and hopefully he'll continue to be a star."