By Simon Jackson at Kempton Park.
Kempton host four meetings this week that concludes with an afternoon card on Saturday where Red Cadeaux is out to book a fourth crack at the Emirates Melbourne Cup.
The Ed Dunlop trained-winner of more than £4million has run well in three successive attempts in Australia’s greatest race.
The eight-year-old was beaten a nose into second place by Dunaden in 2011, was an unlucky eighth to Green Moon in 2012 and finished a close second again last year when runner-up to Fiorente.
He ran a good race at his last start when a one and a quarter length fourth in the Group 2 Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury in August, which boosted hopes of another trip to Melbourne.
“It really was make or break last month when he ran in the Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury, but he showed so much of the old spirit when not beaten far in fourth,” Dunlop said to the Racing Post.
“He has been in good order at home since and he goes to Kempton for the September Stakes [on Saturday].”
“After Kempton we have to decide whether to prep him for the first batch to go into quarantine for another crack at the Melbourne Cup.”
This evening Kempton host an eight-race card on the all-weather with the first race set to go off at 5.50pm. The Middlesex racecourse also stage evening fixtures on Wednesday and Friday, along with the afternoon card on Saturday.
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