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Red Cadeaux present for Geoffrey Freer at Newbury

Updated: Friday, 16 Aug 2013 21:36 | Comments

Red Cadeaux's last win came at Sha Tin in December
Red Cadeaux's last win came at Sha Tin in December

Red Cadeaux will try to make a winning farewell to British action for a while in the Betfred TV Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.

Ed Dunlop's globe-trotting seven-year-old will go into quarantine ahead of his trip to Australia where he will be prepared for a third crack at the Melbourne Cup.

Though he is stepping out of Group One company for the first time in over a year, Red Cadeaux is burdened with a 6lb penalty for his triumph in the Hong Kong Vase in December.

He has also been out of the frame in his three latest racecourse efforts.

"He probably wont be overly-fancied for what's happened recently and also he's got his penalty," said Dunlop.

"I'm keen to drop him down in class a little. We had him in the Kergorlay (at Deauville on Sunday) but we feel the ground will hopefully be more suitable at Newbury and Gerald Mosse can ride here anyway.

"He's in good form. A mile five and a half is going to suit well. It's just that he's got a penalty.

"After this run he will go back into quarantine again to go to Australia."

David Lanigan was pleased with Biographer's latest run when beaten three-quarters of a length by Caucus in the Coral Marathon, with eight lengths back to third, but the winner has since let the form down.

"He's in good order, so we'll see how we get on. Hopefully they'll get a bit more rain as well," said the Lambourn handler.

"It's hard to work out the form of that race. the winner (Caucus) did not run a great race at Goodwood, but that can happen there."

Model Pupil was fifth that day but his trainer Charlie Hills reports his four-year-old to be all the better for a break since that effort.

"We gave him a bit of a break after Sandown and there's been a bit of rain which will help him. He's been in good form at home," said Hills, who has booked the in-form Johnny Murtagh.

"It's a competitive race but I think he's up to this sort of standard."

Godolphin have two representatives in Royal Empire (Kieren Fallon) and Lost In The Moment (Pat Smullen), both trained by Saeed bin Suroor.

"Royal Empire tries very hard in his races," said Bin Suroor.

"He never shows a lot at home, but when he gets to the track he is much better.

"Lost In The Moment has been running very well this season, it's so far so good.

"No decision will be taken about any of the Melbourne Cup horses until much nearer the time.

"We need to see what rating they have and what weight they will get first.

"We are just concentrating on this race for now."

Rider Robert Havlin would like to see showers materialise to help Aiken.

The John Gosden-trained five-year-old is having his first run since finishing second to Rite Of Passage in the Qipco British Champions Series Long Distance Cup at Ascot in October.

"Any rain would be a bonus for him. He won first time out last year so that wouldn't be a problem," said the jockey.

"His best form has been on soft ground."

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