Red Cadeaux: globetrotting eight-year-old returns to Newbury
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RED CADEAUX bids to improve on last year’s second to Royal Empire in the Betfred TV Geoffrey Freer Stakes, a race which for several of the principals is more a stepping stone to bigger and better prizes than a target in its own right.
The Newbury Group 3 might be relatively small beer to an eight-year-old who has been around the world several times and earned an eye-watering £4 million in prize-money, but Red Cadeaux is not burdened by the Group 1 penalty he carried 12 months ago.
Connections will want to see more of his old sparkle before committing him to a fourth crack at the Melbourne Cup, in which he has twice been a close second.
Trainer Ed Dunlop said: “He’s had a holiday after getting jarred up on very quick ground in Japan. This is the race he came back in last year after a more extensive world tour, and he ran very well to be second under a Group 1 penalty.
“He hasn’t got that penalty this time but it’s probably a more competitive race. He’s ready to start again, and he has options in the Irish St Leger and a Group 1 in Germany, but if the sparkle is still there the plan is to take him back to Australia.”
The James Fanshawe-trained Seal Of Approval is favourite for the Geoffrey Freer at 5-1, with Red Cadeaux a top-priced 13-2 shot.
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