The Ed Dunlop trained Red Cadeaux and Trip To Paris will spearhead a top class Team British Racing challenge on the AUD$6.2 million (£3,246,073) Emirates Melbourne Cup at Flemington on Tuesday 3rd November.
The weights for Australia's richest race were announced today and Team British Racing is set to mount an exceptionally strong bid to export the winner's gold trophy to Britain for the first time. British-trained runners have finished second on an agonising eight different occasions in the last 16 years.
No less than three of those near misses have been supplied by Red Cadeaux who, along with his stablemates Trip To Paris and Manndawi, went into quarantine last Thursday (10th September) to start serving the veterinary protocols required for a trip Down Under.
Red Cadeaux, who has been allotted the weight of 55kg or 8st 9lb, will be running in the Emirates Melbourne Cup for the fifth straight year and is already the highest prize money earner in the history of British racing. His third place on his most recent start, in the Group 3 Betfred Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury last month, took his career bankroll to within £1,600 of breaking the magic £5 million barrier.
Trip To Paris (55kg/8st 9lb) is set to become the first reigning Ascot Gold Cup winner to contest the Emirates Melbourne Cup since 2006. Following that famous Ascot triumph, he failed only in a three-way photo to successfully shoulder a 4lb penalty in the Group 2 Qatar Goodwood Cup.
One of the two horses to edge him out that day was Quest For More (53.3kg/8st 8lb), another Team British Racing candidate for the Emirates Melbourne Cup.
Trained by Roger Charlton, Quest For More proved his ability to handle the hustle and bustle of a big-field two mile handicap when winning the John Smith's Northumberland Plate.
Team British Racing's contingent for the Emirates Melbourne Cup also includes Snow Sky, who has been allotted joint top weight alongside last year's winner, Protectionist, of 58kg or 9st 2lb. Hailing from the yard of ten-time British Champion Trainer, Sir Michael Stoute, Snow Sky has twice prevailed in Group 2 company this season, in the Betway Yorkshire Cup and in the Hardwicke Stakes.
Ed Dunlop, trainer of Red Cadeaux and Trip To Paris, said:
“Red Cadeaux ran a great prep race at Newbury in the Geoffrey Freer and goes into quarantine in as good a condition as I think we've ever sent him.”
“At the moment Trip To Paris is the best stayer in Britain. The beauty of him is that he has a turn of foot and I'm hoping that will hold him in good stead”
Great British Racing International's International Executive, Carter Carnegie, said:
“The calibre and size of this year's Team British Racing raid on the Emirates Melbourne Cup means that 2015 could well be our year.”
“I'd like to wish all of the horses and everyone connected with them the best of luck with their campaigns Down Under.”
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