Gerald Mosse celebrates as Red Cadeaux wins the Hong Kong VasePICTURE: Masakazu Takahashi
Red Cadeaux gets a big- race win at last
Report: Hong Kong, Sunday
Sha Tin: Longines Hong Kong Vase (Group 1) 1m4f, 3yo+ (turf)
GLOBETROTTER Red Cadeaux finally nailed the big win he deserved when landing the Hong Kong Vase under Gerald Mosse in a thrilling finish.
This was the second time that Ed Dunlop had trained the winner of the race having been successful with Ouija Board in 2005.
Red Cadeaux had hit the woodwork in a number of big races over the past couple of years and Dunlop's persistence in aiming him at the biggest targets around the world was rewarded as last season's Melbourne Cup runner-up beat Japan's Jaguar Mail by a short head with Meandre a further half-length back in third for France.
Johnny Murtagh sent Dancing Rain into an immediate lead and the 2011 Oaks heroine remained at the head of affairs until turning into the Sha Tin home straight.
It looked like a case of when and not if she would get swamped though as a number of her rivals were stacking up in behind.
Chief among that number was the Dunlop-trained six-year-old who surged up to challenge with Jaguar Mail racing into the final furlong and dug deep to see off that rival.
This was a seventh win in 33 starts for Red Cadeaux, who was sent off a 10-1 chance having finished down the field in the Melbourne Cup and the Japan Cup recently.
Dunlop said: "All credit to my team who have looked after him for two weeks before Melbourne.
"I'm pinching myself to think I have a Group 1 winner over a mile and a half who has come through the handicap system.
"It's great for [owner] Ronnie [Arculli] and means so much to him out here and he has been the driving force behind the three big races in the last five weeks.
"We learnt from the slow pace in the Melbourne Cup that we had to sit closer and thought there might not be much pace. Gerald has given him a great ride."
Mosse, who was riding the winner of this race for the second time in four years added: "The runner-up made me make my move 450m out and he just kept picking up. He really fought to the line - he has real fighting spirit."
A trip to Dubai for the Sheema Classic could be next for Red Cadeaux who will be aimed at the Melbourne Cup again next year as part of a farewell tour.
Last year's winner, Dunaden, was sent off favourite, and finished a never closer fifth.