In just 15 days time Australia’s most loved Pommie ever, RED CADEAUX, the “Big Red” will line up for his 5th Melbourne Cup start still looking for his first win in the race, but he’s no failure he’s one of the most adored race horses in the world having running second in Australia’s greatest race on 3 occasions – the most by any horse in the long esteemed history of the Melbourne Cup.
Such is Australia’s love for the Ed Dunlop trained stayer, Living Legends in trying to make their property his retirement resort when finally his race days are over…
Living Legends, the retirement home for top-class horses, is keen to persuade owner Ron Arculli, the former chairman of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, to at least let him board at the Melbourne venue for part of the year.
Living Legends derives its income through sponsorship from corporate bookmaker Sportsbet and from entry charges to visitors and school groups, and its officials reckon the property, just a couple of kilometres up the road from Melbourne Airport, would be an appropriate spot for a horse with such a Melbourne affinity to spend at least some of his retirement.
Andrew Clarke, the CEO and Veterinary Director of the home for elderly racetrack heroes, says the English-trained horse would be very welcome when he finally retires and might encourage a few more visitors to make the journey up the Tullamarine freeway and contribute to its coffers.
“We are working hard on trying to get Red Cadeaux here when he stops racing,” Clarke said. “There is a facility being built at Newmarket in England [where he is trained] and he has been promised there. But he has such a huge following here our suggestion is for him to spend six months there and six months here,” said Clarke.
He may have reached veteran status but Emirates Melbourne Cup regular Red Cadeaux continues to defy his advancing years and was the subject of a glowing endorsement by the man who knows him best on Thursday morning.
Now nine, Red Cadeaux will tackle his fifth Melbourne Cup at Flemington on November 3 and, with less weight to carry than when runner-up for a third time last year, Robin Trevor-Jones believes he can go close once more.
“Red Cadeaux has thrived,” said Trevor-Jones, right-hand man to Red Cadeaux’s Newmarket trainer Ed Dunlop and who regularly overseas the horse’s trips abroad.
Speaking after watching Red Cadeaux do a gentle canter at Werribee racecourse, he added: “He didn’t lose any weight on the flight and I can’t see any reason why he can’t do it again.
“Last year he was carrying more weight than ever before and ran it quicker than ever before.”
On the decision not to give him a prep run this year, Trevor-Jones said: “It would just take too much out of him and for me to get him back to where we want him in just two weeks might be just too quick and we’re not taking that chance.”
Let’s hope the mighty “Big Red” can finally win the Melbourne Cup in 2015, who would begrudge that?