Red Cadeaux: Ed Dunlop's globetrotter has latest test in SingaporePICTURE: Masakazu Takahashi
Red Cadeaux bids to bag another big prize
Preview: Singapore, Sunday 1.40pm BST (live on ATR)
Kranji: Singapore Airlines International Cup (Group 1) 1m2f, turf, 3yo+
RED CADEAUX takes on fellow Group 1 winners from Europe, Dubai, South East Asia and Australia in Singapore on Sunday on the third leg of a ten-week odyssey that has already netted his connections the best part of £1.5 million with placings at Meydan and Kyoto.
Success in the Singapore Airlines International Cup at Kranji would take the Dubai World Cup runner-up's career earnings beyond the £4m mark, an extraordinary sum for a horse who first made his mark in a Wolverhampton handicap off 72 less than four years ago, but win, lose or draw, trainer Ed Dunlop and his staff are looking forward to welcoming the seven-year-old back to La Grange Stables for the first time since he left Newmarket for Dubai on March 10, having returned via Japan and Hong Kong from a second marathon expedition to the Melbourne Cup little more than two months before that.
Dunlop, who hopes to run Red Cadeaux at Royal Ascot or in the King George, describes the Singapore race as "fiercely competitive", but he is hopeful.
He said: "It's been a long old trip but he seems to be in very good form, the draw is okay and the boys are happy with him. It's his first time at the trip on grass, and I think the German horse Pastorius and the Hong Kong horse Military Attack will be tough to beat, but we'll see how we go."
Last year's Deutches Derby winner Pastorius, a 33-1 chance when fourth to Frankel in Ascot's Qipco Champion Stakes last October, goes to post at the top of his form, having gained a third Group 1 win at the expense of Maxios and Dunaden in last month's Prix Ganay at Longchamp.
Military Attack, who is challenging Pastorius for favouritism, has won his last three races at Sha Tin, including the Citibank Hong Kong Gold Cup and the Audemars Piguet QEII Cup, both Group 1 races over Sunday's distance of 1m2f.
The five-year-old will be better known to British racegoers by his former name Rave, under which he won two good handicaps over 1m at Ascot two years ago on his last appearances for John Hills.
Hunter's Light, a major disappointment in seventh when favourite for the Dubai World Cup, represents Godolphin, and Saeed Bin Suroor, is hopeful.
Bin Suroor, who flew to Singapore with Silvestre De Sousa after Newbury's Lockinge Stake and is due to stay only a matter of hours, said: "Last year Hunter's Light won a Group 3 in England, a Group 2 in Turkey and a Group 1 in Italy. He won another Group 1 in Dubai in March and he was training well for the Dubai World Cup, but I think perhaps the Tapeta was just too loose for him that night as he was sound before the race and came back from it fresh. He is training very well again and this is his distance."
Also on Sunday 12.50pm BST (live on ATR)
KrisFlyer International Sprint (Group 1) 6f, turf, 3yo+
EDDIE LYNAM'S Dubai Group 1 runner-up Balmont Mast takes on some of the cream of Australasia's sprinters in the valuable KrisFlyer International Sprint at Kranji.
The five-year-old enjoyed a highly lucrative spell racing on Tapeta at Meydan this spring, when his neck second to Reynaldothewizard in the Dubai Golden Shaheen took his earnings from four races on that surface to more than £275,000. Johnny Murtagh, who was on board that night and has won three times on him, takes the mount again.
Likely favourite is the Australian six-year-old Bel Sprinter, who was third to Black Caviar at Randwick last month when the mare made her 25th and final racecourse appearance.
Dux Scholar, reinvented as a sprinter since winning over a mile and a quarter for Sir Michael Stoute, will be a first Singapore runner for Doug Watson. He and Singapore Airlines International Cup contender Meandre are both owned by Ramzan Kadyrov and are due to go to Chechnya after the race, before returning to Dubai next winter.