‘A Horse Who Touched A Nation’: Red Cadeaux’s Final Resting Place

by | 02.21.2016 | 9:37am
Red Cadeaux

Red Cadeaux's ashes were interred beneath a bench seat at Flemington Race Course in Australia on Saturday, inside the pre-parade ring. According to The Racing Post, the plaque on the bench reads: “For a race that stops a nation, we were lucky to have a horse who touched a nation.” It was written by the champion's owner, Ronnie Arculli.

The race that stops a nation is the Melbourne Cup, held at Flemington, in which Red Cadeaux competed for five consecutive years for trainer Ed Dunlop. He is the only horse to finished second in the race three times: in 2011, 2013, and 2014. Internationally, he won the Hong Kong Vase in 2012 and finished second in the Dubai World Cup in 2013. Overall, he earned nearly £5 million in prize money for his connections.

“Red Cadeaux was a horse the Australian people had a strong affinity with,” said Victoria Racing Club chairman Michael Burn as he presented the connections with a commissioned painting of Red Cadeaux and a set of his shoes. This was “largely due to his brave Melbourne Cup performances, but also because of his kind and gentle nature.”

Read more at The Racing Post.

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