Connections devastated by the loss of Red Cadeaux
ED DUNLOP and owner Ronnie Arculli have given glowing tributes to globetrotting stable star Red Cadeaux after making the heartbreaking decision to euthanise the three-time Melbourne Cup runner-up after "irreversible" complications from surgery on his injured leg, writes Jack Haynes.
The nine-year-old, who amassed almost £5,000,000 in prize money in an adventure-filled career spanning eight countries, suffered the injury in this month's Emirates Melbourne Cup at Flemington - on his fifth start in the race.
It had been hoped he would recover after emergency surgery, but unfortunately complications set in forcing connections to make the tough decision after blood stopped flowing to his foot on his injured left foreleg.
In a fitting tribute to a marvellous horse - the popular nine-year-old's final resting place will be at Flemington Racecourse - the scene of some of his finest efforts on his many worldwide trips.
Dunlop said in a statement: "This is my saddest day in racing. Red Cadeaux was a much-loved member of our family and my thoughts are with his owner Mr Arculli and my staff, particularly Robin Trevor-Jones and Steve Nicholson, who spent every day caring for this horse.
"Unfortunately the complication was irreversible and the decision to euthanise the horse, whilst terribly hard, was made in his best interests.
"Red Cadeaux has given us and the racing public so much joy competing with great distinction across the world. He was an incredibly tough competitor with a wonderful nature and he will be dearly missed by all."
Red Cadeaux's trips across the globe did not just stop in Australia - with connections enjoying memorable days when winning the Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Cup Vase at Sha Tin in 2012 as well as an emphatic nine-length romp in the Group 3 At The Races Curragh Cup at Curragh in 2011.
Arculli said: "For a race that stops a nation we were lucky to have a horse that touched a nation. We will miss Red Cadeaux dearly."
Victoria Racing Club chief executive Simon Love also spoke fondly of Red Cadeaux, who built up a remarkable following during his seven races Down Under.
Love said: "The loss of a horse is always particularly sad. Very few horses have endeared themselves to the Australian public like Red Cadeaux, ensuring the impact is only further and more acutely felt.
"He just loved Australia and Australia loved him."