Change of luck could see Red Cadeaux enjoy York

ED Dunlop’s Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux is on course to reappear at York this Friday and take on Fame and Glory, the reigning Ascot Gold Cup champion from Aidan O’Brien’s all-conquering Ballydoyle stables in the Sportingbet Yorkshire Cup.

Friday’s race, which also features John Gosden’s 2010 St Leger winner Arctic Cosmos amongst the 16 declared runners, promises to be one of the races of the three-day Dante meeting if the main protagonists line up at York.

Dunlop believes Red Cadeaux deserves a change of luck. Having been beaten by a nose in the Melbourne Cup, the globetrotter then finished third in the Hong Kong Vase.

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“All being well he’ll run in the Yorkshire Cup,” said Dunlop.

“He won’t run on firm ground, but I don’t think we’re going to get that.”

The trainer is also weighing up the options for his luckless sprinter Burwaaz.

Although the three-year-old has registered only one victory from nine career starts, he has been placed on a further six occasions.

He did well to finish third at Kempton on his return to action at the start of this month after things conspired against him and Dunlop hopes his day will come soon.

“He’s in the Duke of York Stakes on Wednesday and he’s going to be entered in the Carnarvon Stakes at Newbury on Friday. The ground is quite important,” said Dunlop.

“On his last run at Kempton, the bit went through his mouth and he did fantastically well to finish third.

“We’ll wait and see what the ground does, but it would nice to see him win as he deserves it.

“He was the bridesmaid sprinter last year but we’re pretty adamant he’s improved.”

Frankel completed his preparation for the JLT Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on Saturday with a workout on grass in Newmarket that left trainer Sir Henry Cecil “delighted” with his unbeaten champion.

“It’s important for racing that he continues from where he left off - every sport needs a champion,” said Cecil.

“Although he missed 10 days, I’m not saying he’s not going to improve for the race but I hope I have got him well enough.

“For any sport to have a champion, they (the public) follow them, so let’s hope he continues to give them enjoyment and pleasure.”

Cecil added that he is yet to decide whether to run Frankel’s brother Noble Mission in the Dante Stakes on Thursday.

He said: “He needs another race to sort him out. He’s improving, but it’s important not to overface a horse like him.”

Richard Fahey is counting down the days to Mickdaam’s date with destiny in the Epsom Derby at Epsom on June 2 following his victory at Chester.

The Dubawi colt will be the Malton trainer’s first runner in the premier Classic after booking his place with a narrow victory in the Chester Vase last week.

“He’s come out of the race well. We’re happy with him,” said Fahey.

ANOTHER Malton trainer, Brian Ellison, has been in tremendous form and landed another big prize as Global Village claimed the Betfred Victoria Cup at Ascot.

The 9-1 shot was ridden by Tadhg O’Shea who said: “I spoke to Paul Hanagan and Kieren Fallon, who have ridden the horse before, and they gave me a good insight into him. All credit to Mr Ellison and his team.”