At long last, the Ed Dunlop-trained Red Cadeaux has landed the big victory he so richly deserved following a fine series of efforts in top international company.
At Sha Tin on Sunday the talented stayer held on determinedly to win the Group 1 Hong Kong Vase by just a nose from rank outsider Jaguar Mail to pocket the £710,000 first prize, writes Elliot Slater.
Recording his seventh career victory from 33 outings, (and having placed a further 13 times), the gelded son of star sprinter, Cadeux Genereux, arrived in Hong Kong on the back of a slightly disappointing effort in the Melbourne Cup last month when finishing eight behind Green Moon.
He had gone agonisingly close 12 months earlier in the same race when beaten just a nose by French star, Dunaden, in one of the closest finishes in the history of ‘the race that stops a nation’.
Last successful in the Group 2 Yorkshire Cup back in May of this year, Red Cadeaux had run fine races in defeat this summer when second to St Nicholas Abbey in the Group 1 Coronation Cup at Epsom and then third to Sea Moon in the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot three weeks later.
Having finished third to Dunaden in Hong Kong 12 months ago, Gerald Mosse’s mount was familiar with the Sha Tin track and put that experience to good use.
Held up off a decent pace, the six-year-old made good headway over two furlongs from home before hitting the front at the furlong marker, from where he was all out to keep the Japanese Jaguar Mail at bay in a thrilling last 75 yards.
An ecstatic Dunlop, who won the race in 2005 with the great Ouija Board, observed that few horses have deserved a big win more than Red Cadeaux, who has become a firm stable favourite.
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