Red Cadeaux: back over 2m for next week's Sydney CupPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Cadeaux camp happy
as latest mission looms
Australia: Three-time Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux on Wednesday stepped up his preparation for next week's A$1 million Sydney Cup, delighting connections with his wellbeing.
Trainer Ed Dunlop's travelling head lad Robin Trevor-Jones is overseeing the nine-year-old's training at a quarantine facility in Sydney and reports him in top order.
Owned by Ronald Arculli, the former chairman of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, Red Cadeaux was a creditable fifth over 1m2f in the Australian Cup last month and the step up to 2m will suit him much better in the Sydney Cup, one of four Group 1s on the second weekend of Randwick's A$20 million The Championships meeting.
"Everything is going good," Trevor-Jones said on Wednesday. "We had a hit out this morning and he quickened up over the last 500 metres and did it nicely - we're very pleased.
"He could run this Saturday if we wanted and he seems in good form. The race is a week on Saturday so we've got to be a bit careful we don't want to do too much with him, but things are going the way we're planning."
Trevor-Jones, who rates Saturday's BMW winner Hartnell as the one to beat in the Sydney Cup, added on Australia's Sky Sports Radio: "A mile six to two miles is Red Cadeaux's best trip and he's very effective over those trips - it takes good horses to beat him."
Newmarket trainer Dunlop is likely to arrive in Sydney a few days before the race, in which the popular globetrotter will aim to add to his prize-money haul of £4,599,282.