Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux has continued his create-up to this year’s race with a second to St Nicholas Abbey in the Coronation Cup at Epsom.
Even though the winner dominated the 2400m Group A single occasion, trainer Ed Dunlop was delighted with the effort of Red Cadeaux who ran property late to finish 4-1/two lengths behind St Nicholas Abbey.
“I am over the moon, we knew it was a extended shot coming right here but he’s possibly run the race of his daily life,” Dunlop said.
“He’s an absolute superstar and I feel we’ll have to treat him with a bit far more respect.
“He’s in the Hardwicke at Ascot, not the Gold Cup.
“We’ll have to see what the (Australian) handicapper does but he’ll have a lot of excess weight now in Melbourne.
“The proprietor is nevertheless keen to go.”
St Nicholas Abbey could head to Royal Ascot after defending his Coronation Cup title for trainer Aidan O’Brien and his jockey son Joseph.
“The Prince of Wales’s (at Royal Ascot) is an option along with the King George and the Arc, all individuals races, but the lads will determine,” the trainer mentioned.
“It took him a long time to come back to himself but he’s back there now, I’d have no dilemma with him running in excess of ten furlongs (2000m) as he’s not brief of speed.”
The winner of last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf was the eight-11 favourite to return a winner immediately after suffering a shock defeat by his pacemaker Windsor Palace on his reappearance at the Curragh.
Immediately after currently being back in the race early, St Nicholas Abbey shot into a clear lead at the top rated of the straight and only had to be pushed out in the last furlong (200m).