Ed Dunlop’s Red Cadeaux, which has finished runner-up in the Melbourne Cup three times, is again heading out to Australia- although with a different target this time. Now nine-years-old, Red Cadeaux is expected to have a couple of prior runs before heading to Sydney.
Plans for him are to contest a race at a new festival in Australia, called The Championships, which will delight his massive fan club out there. His main target is expected to be the Group 1 Darley Australian Cup over 1m2f at home of the Melbourne Cup, Flemington.
There he is likely to come up against a horse which beat him in the Emirates Melbourne Cup, Protectionist.
Red Cadeaux went into quarantine at Newmarket last Friday and is expected to reach Melbourne on February 14, where will also have a period in quarantine .
Previously he has only contested the two-mile Emirates Melbourne Cup in four previous visits to Melbourne, but the horse has been placed in a Dubai World Cup over 2,000 metres so this new race should suit him well.
There is no doubt that Australian fans will be flocking to see him and will be thrilled that he is competing in the new festival, where he will be a major attraction.
Red Cadeaux raced in Dubai the past two springs, finishing runner-up in the 2013 Dubai World Cup and sixth in the same race last year, and had been entered in three races at this year’s World Cup meeting, continuing his successful globe-trotting programme.