Trip To Paris: could join stablemate Red Cadeaux in Australia
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ED DUNLOP may yet be double-handed in the Emirates Melbourne Cup on November 3 after his Gold Cup winner Trip To Paris was described as “more likely than unlikely” to join stablemate and three-time Flemington runner-up Red Cadeaux in Australia’s most famous sporting event.
Trip To Paris was unsuited by the easy ground when only fifth to Max Dynamite in the Group 2 Lonsdale Cup at York last week where his chances were further hampered by having to carry a 4lb penalty for his Royal Ascot triumph.
The four-year-old, who had previously finished third to Big Orange in the Goodwood Cup, turned the tables on his rival on the Knavesmire but the two could yet meet for a third time in the 2m Melbourne showpiece.
‘More likely than unlikely’
Dunlop said: “Nothing has been confirmed yet but Trip To Paris is more likely than unlikely to enter quarantine with Red Cadeaux on September 10. Red Cadeaux won’t be going for a warm-up race as his legs won’t take two races but we just hope to get him there in top form on the day.”
Big Orange, who beat only one home at York, had excuses and is still on course to enter quarantine on the same date.
Owner Bill Gredley said: “Big Orange didn’t like the ground at York and also pulled a shoe off, but is fine again now. The plan is still to take him to the Melbourne Cup but he won’t have a prep race out there as there won’t be enough time.”
A decision on whether Sir Michael Stoute’s Khalid Abdullah-owned Hardwicke Stakes winner Snow Sky takes his chance in the iconic Group 1 handicap is due next week.
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