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British-Based, Hong Kong Connected Red Cadeaux Lands the Vase
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4th at SHTG1 Longines Hong Kong Vase  [2400m (T)]Winner: Red Cadeaux (GB), g, 6 by Cadeaux Genereux (GB)
Sunday, Sha Tin, Hong Kong
, HK$15,000,000 ($1,935,445), Sha Tin, 12-9, 3yo/up, 2400mT, 2:28.73, gd.
1--sRED CADEAUX (GB), 126, g, 6, by Cadeaux Genereux (GB)
        1st Dam: Artisia (Ire), by Peintre Celebre
        2nd Dam: Almaaseh (Ire), by Dancing Brave
        3rd Dam: Al Bahathri, by Blushing Groom
(40,000gns RNA wnlg '06 TATDEC; 55,000gns yrl '07 TATOCT). O-Ronald J Arculli; B-Foursome Thoroughbreds; T-Ed Dunlop; J-Gerald Mosse; HK$8,550,000. Lifetime Record: GSW & G1SP-Eng & Ire, G1SP-Aus, 33-7-8-5, HK$22,771,930.
2--Jaguar Mail (Jpn), 126, h, 8, Jungle Pocket (Jpn)--Haya Beni Komachi (Jpn), by Sunday Silence. O-Kazumi Yoshida; B-Aioi Farm; T-Noriyuki Hori;
3--Meandre (Fr), 126, c, 4, Slickly (Fr)--Penne (Fr), by Sevres Rose (Fr). O-Rothschild Family; B-Famille Rothschild; T-Andre Fabre; HK$1,500,000.  
Margins: SHD, NK, HF. Odds: 9.55, 52.50, 5.45.
Also Ran: Liberator (Aus), Dunaden (Fr), Bayrir (Fr), Dandino (GB), Dancing Rain (Ire), Joshua Tree (Ire), Scarlet Camellia (NZ), Pagera (Fr), Chinchon (Ire). Scratched: Sea Moon (GB).
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To read between the lines when quoted throughout the week, it didn't exactly seem like trainer Ed Dunlop was overly bullish on the chances of Red Cadeaux in Sunday's G1 Hong Kong Vase. But the well-travelled gelding was the recipient of an outstanding ride from veteran Gerald Mosse and grabbed Jaguar Mail, making his fourth appearance in the Vase, for a narrow victory.
   The unluckiest of losers when just touched off by Dunaden (Fr) (Nicobar {Fr}) in the G1 Melbourne Cup in 2011, he took in this event and dead-heated for third, 1 1/2 lengths adrift of his Flemington conqueror. Given a well-deserved break into the new year, he annexed York's G2 Yorkshire Cup over a mile and three-quarters May 18, then was a solid runner-up to St Nicholas Abbey (Ire) (Montjeu {Ire}) in the G1 Coronation Cup at Epsom June 2. Third to Sea Moon (GB) (Beat Hollow {GB}) in that one's superb G2 Hardwicke S. victory at the Royal meeting June 23, Red Cadeaux filled the same spot in the G2 Princess of Wales's S. July 12 before being spelled for a return to Australia. He was first-up off a four-month hiatus in the Flemington feature and beat fully two-thirds of the field in eighth Nov. 6, and was last seen in the Nov. 25 G1 Japan Cup, finishing eighth. The Tokyo feature hadn't previously been the best pointer to this test, but it was the Dunlop-trained Ouija Board (GB) (Cape Cross {Ire}) who last won the Vase with a previous start in Japan. Red Cadeaux would repeat the dose here.
   Dancing Rain (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}) assumed the early lead, as Red Cadeaux, off only fairly, was able to get over to the fence as they raced underneath the wire for the first time. Dunaden was just outside his familiar foe and keen through the opening furlongs. Midway on the first turn, Mosse took a look over his left shoulder and put on the turn signal, allowing Red Cadeaux to drift off the fence to chase three wide, and that maneuver allowed Jaguar Mail to creep a bit closer while saving ground. Dancing Rain led them through the middle stages and into the final turn, and John Murtagh tried to wind things up on her turning for home, but her male rivals were taking dead aim, and she soon was in deep water. Red Cadeaux launched his rally three wide, but the veteran Jaguar Mail followed him and looked to be doing slightly better for Douglas Whyte in upper stretch. But Mosse went back to work, called upon his mount's superior staying power and outboxed Jaguar Mail to the wire. Meandre, slightly worse than midfield early, came with a strong late run for third, while Dunaden was a bit flat-footed at the furlong grounds before finishing well for fifth.
   "He deserved this win," the winning trainer commented. "Three pixels in the Melbourne Cup last year, no pace in the Melbourne Cup this year, and he got struck into in the Japan Cup and we should have finished sixth; he was the leading European horse there. It's a fantastic day for everyone."
   The win was especially emotional for owner Ronald Arculli, a former chairman of the Hong Kong Jockey Club.
   "It's a very big deal and all credit must go to the Dunlop Racing team, Ed, Becky and his Travelling Head Lad Robin. And credit too to Gerald Mosse, he's a very experienced rider here in Hong Kong and it helped that he rode the horse in Japan. A year in racing's a long time, but we might try Melbourne again next year."

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