Wednesday, 9 November 2011
: Melbourne Cup winner Dunaden and runner-up Red Cadeaux are set for a rematch in Hong Kong following a change of plans by the connection of the French stayer.
| Dunaden and Red Cadeaux|
Photo by Racing and Sports
was to leave Melbourne and return to France on Friday night but trainer Mikel Delzangles and owner Sheik Fahad al Thani today decided to chase the G1 Hong Kong Vase over 2400m at Sha Tin on December 11.
He will now stay in training at the Werribee international horse centre with Red Cadeaux
, the horse he beat by less than centimetre in last weekâ€™s Melbourne Cup over 3200m at Flemington.
Last yearâ€™s Melbourne Cup winner Americain, fourth behind Dunaden last week, may also go to Hong Kong for the Vase depending on his performance in Saturday's Zipping Classic at Betfair Park Sandown.
The Alain de Royer Dupre-trained Americain was a fast finishing third in last year's Hong Kong Vase six weeks after winning the Melbourne Cup.
Godolphin;s Melbourne Cup runners Modun
and Lost In The Moment left Melbourne today for the UK, accompanied on their flight by the Mark Johnston-trained Fox Hunt.
Fox Hunt's stablemate, the Irish St Leger winner Jukebox Jury, stays behind to undergo surgery for a small fracture to a knee suffered in the Melbourne Cup.
He will remain in Australia at the Victorian property of part-owner Colleen Bamford to recuperate.
Each of the four stayers brought to Melbourne for the spring carnival by Luca Cumani will remain in Australia.
Manighar is to join the Peter Moody stable after running in Saturdayâ€™s Zipping Classic, Drunken Sailor is likely to join the Mike Moroney stable while a new trainer for Sahara Sun is yet to be confirmed.
The veteran Bauer, the 2008 Melbourne Cup runner-up, has been retired and will become a Clerk of the Course horse in Victoria under the tutelage of Graham Salisbury of Subzero fame.
UK trainer Brian Ellisonâ€™s Melbourne Cup runners Saptapadi and Moyenne Corniche are both set to remain in Australia permanently with new owners and trainers.