Red Cadeaux in stable condition

Perennial Melbourne Cup runner Red Cadeaux has been cleared of a life-threatening injury but will not race again.

Red Cadeaux was rushed to Werribee immediately after the race with a fractured fetlock, with his condition reported to be stable – but his racing career is officially over after 53 starts.

“RV can confirm that diagnostics undertaken on Red Cadeaux at the University of Melbourne Equine Centre at Werribee this afternoon show the horse has sustained a fracture to his medial sesamoid in his left fore fetlock,” a statement from Racing Victoria’s Veterinary Services read.

“The horse is comfortable with his leg in a splint and the fracture is stable.

“Dr Chris Whitton from the University of Melbourne advised that the injury is not currently life threatening, however, the horse will not race again.”

Red Cadeaux had failed to finish on Tuesday, with jockey Gerald Mosse pulling up the 10-year-old gelding prior to the winning post, and he then boarded a horse float shortly after.

The Ed Dunlop-trained stayer had just competed in his fifth-straight Melbourne Cup, having three times been a runner-up on the first Tuesday in November.

By means of his near misses in 2011, ’13 and ’14, Red Cadeaux is a crowd favourite at Flemington.


Prince Of Penzance’s Cup stunner

Prince Of Penzance has won the 2015 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m), with Michelle Payne becoming the first female jockey to win the feature race.

It is also a first Melbourne Cup victory for premiership-winning trainer Darren Weir, the Ballarat-based horseman having upstaged a field consisting of 11 internationals and some of Australia’s toughest stayers.

Max Dynamite, for Irish trainer Willie Mullins and jockey Frankie Dettori, flashed home to finish second.

Lindsay Park’s Criterion was brave yet again, after finishing second to Winx in the Cox Plate, to finish third.

Raging favourite Fame Game was unsighted in the finish, brought wide on the home turn but unable to run out the trip.

Second favourite Trip To Paris was there until the end, fighting on for fourth for trainer Ed Dunlop and jockey Tommy Berry.

Unfortunately, Dunlop’s other runner – three-time runner-up Red Cadeaux – failed to finish and was rushed to Werribee to undergo surgery on an injured fetlock.

Big Orange, who led the field out, showed huge courage to finish just 2.4 lengths fifth, ahead of John Sargent’s Gust Of Wind and Gai Waterhouse pair Excess Knowledge and The Offer.

Quest For More (ninth) and Our Ivanhowe (10th) rounded out the prizemoney spots.

Our Ivanhowe was among those to count themselves unlucky, with jockey Ben Melham held up looking for inside runs along the fence.

Dettori was later found to be at fault for interference in the straight about 350m from the winning post, which had a snowball effect on Gust Of Wind, Sky Hunter, Hokko Brave and Grand Marshal.

Gust Of Wind bravely flew home for sixth regardless, but Sky Hunter and Grand Marshal were out of the race thereafter – finishing 22nd and 21st respectively.

Snow Sky was among the leaders turning, and was still battling on in the straight until his alley dramatically closed up on him – and he was pulled up stiffly at the 200m mark.


American Pharoah goes out in style

Triple Crown hero American Pharoah finished his career in style with a dominant victory in the US$5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (2000m) at Keeneland on Sunday morning (AEDT).

The champion colt led all-the-way in the Grade 1 feature, cruising away to win by six and a half lengths – running 2:00.07 on the dirt and smashing the old track record (2:05.36) by more than five seconds.

It completes a remarkable journey for trainer Bob Baffert, jockey Victor Espinoza and owner Ahmed Zayat.

American Pharoah won nine of his 11 starts, earning US$8,650,300, becoming the first horse in 37 years to complete the Triple Crown of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.

Meanwhile, champion trainer Aidan O’Brien and top jockey Ryan Moore combined to collect the Group 1 Breeders’ Cup Turf as Found upstaged the favourite Golden Horn.

Golden Horn was aiming to be the first horse to win the Epsom Derby, Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and Breeders’ Cup Turf in the same year but couldn’t match the second favourite.

O’Brien and Moore will be looking to continue their good form when they make the trip to Flemington to compete in the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday.

O’Brien has Bondi Beach and Kingfisher while Moore, who won the Cup last year, is partnering the top-weight Snow Sky.


Tarzino Leads Magic Derby Day Charge

Tarzino has emerged as a potential weight-for-age star of Australian racing with a trashing of his rivals in Saturday’s Group One VRC Derby (2500m) at Flemington.

Sent out the warm favourite after an outstanding third in the Moonee Valley Vase last week, Tarzino raced clear shortly after straightening and from there the result was never in doubt as he and Craig Newitt went to the line two length winners.

Tarzino, a son of Montjeu’s Group One winning son Tavistock, was purchased by Price for $60,000 from the draft of Yarraman Park Stud at last year’s Magic Millions National Yearling Sale at the Gold Coast.

“It’s a great sense of relief,” Price noted. “He was a $2.60 favourite. It’s a nice problem to have but they’ve still got to go out there and win.”

The future looks an exciting one for Tarzino.

“You’ll see him in the Cox Plate, the Melbourne Cup. He’s a good horse.”

“I think he’s going to be a top class weight-for-age horse next year. He looks to have a very bright future – it’s very exciting.”

Price has a share in the outstanding colt and his wife Caroline also has a five percent share. Another part owner is former Magic Millions part owner and successful breeder Rob Ferguson.

Winning jockey Craig Newitt was cheered home by his wife Karli and three children, all at Flemington to witness the famous victory.

“He’s outstanding,” Newitt said. “He’s just an outstanding stayer. He’s got class written all over him.”

With the win at just his sixth start and in his first racing preparation, Tarzino sent his owners into raptures when he raced home and send his earnings past $1 million already.

Tarzino is the first winner from four named foals for this dam – the placed Zabeel mare Zarzino.

Zarzino is full sister to the Group Two Perth Cup winner Respect and Group Onr runner-up Kind Return and a half sister to the Group One winner Kindacross.

It is also the family of triple Australian Group One winner Sky Chase.

Meanwhile, Eclair Choice continued his outstanding recent form with a powerful on speed win in the day’s final race, the Group Two Linlithgow Stakes (1200m).

The South Aussie raider provided trainer Phillip Stokes and jockey Dom Tourneur with yet another VRC Cup Carnival win following an outstanding week last year headlined by Adelaide Yearling purchase Hucklebuck.

Coming off a dead heat win in the recent Group Two Caulfield Stakes, Eclair Choice led from barrier to box and went to the line three parts of a length clear of Group One winner Hot Snitzel, while Dothraki was third, a further head back.

Eclair Choice, a $5,000 purchase from the Newhaven Park draft at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale, is raced by Macau Jockey Club chief Thomas Li and his earnings have shot to over $480,000 from just 18 starts.

Derby Day commenced with quality three-year-old Mahuta winning his third straight race and his second at black type in the Group Three Carbine Club Stakes (1600m).

A member of the record breaking Darren Weir stable, Mahuta was sent out the third pick with bookies and he delighted his connections and followers when he held out Patch Adams to win.

Mahuta was purchased for $35,000 from last year’s Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale from the draft of Redbank North. He was previously sold by Glastonbury Farms at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale.

That meant Tarzino, Eclair Choice and Mahuta were all purchased from the National Sales, for a combined cost of $99,000. Their earnings now a staggering $1,698,090!

Shots fired at Terry Bailey’s house

Police are investigating an incident where shots were fired at the house of Racing Victoria’s chief steward Terry Bailey.

It is believed Bailey and his family were out the back of their home in Templestowe when the shots were fired on Sunday evening at 9:20pm.

Victoria Police confirmed a shooting had occurred in Templestowe, with four people at the residence. Nobody was hurt but police spent Sunday night and Monday morning investigating the incident.

Racing Victoria Chief executive Bernard Saundry conformed that it was Bailey;s house which had been targetted.

“Racing Victoria can confirm an incident overnight in which shots were fired into the family home of Chairman of Stewards Terry Bailey. Terry and his family were home at the time but no injuries were sustained,” Saundry said.

“Victoria Police are investigating the incident and we will afford them whatever support is necessary to ensure that the people responsible for this disgraceful act are brought to justice.

“The welfare of Terry and his family remains our number one priority and we ask that their privacy be respected at this distressing time.”