Author: Glen Maxwell
Published: 11:30 27/08/2015
Ed Dunlop may still have a chance of a double-hander in November’s Emirates Melbourne Cup - after he revealed Gold Cup winner Trip To Paris was “More likely than unlikely” to join three-time Flemington runner-up and stablemate Red Cadeaux in Australia’s famous race.
Should he be included, the four-year-old could renew his rivalry with Big Orange once again in the showpiece race on November 3 - after he made up for a third-placed finish to Big Orange in the Goodwood Cup by turning the tables on his Michael Bell-trained rival in the Knavesmire.
Trip To Paris is currently best priced 25/1 to win the Melbourne Cup at William Hill, who also list Big Orange at 20/1 to triumph. The bookmaker also prices Dunlop’s Red Cadeaux as a 33/1 shot for the 4.00 race.
Melbourne Trip ‘More Likely Than Unlikely’
Trip To Paris could only manage a fifth-placed finish in the Group 2 Lonsdale Cup last week - as he was unsuited to the easy ground at York and further hampered by the 4lb penalty brought about as a result of his Royal Ascot triumph. However, that has harmed his chances of appearing the Melbourne Cup - according to his trainer.
Dunlop told the Racing Post: "Nothing has been confirmed yet, but Trip To Paris is more likely than unlikely to enter quarantine with Red Cadeaux on September 10. Red Cadeaux won't be going for a warm-up race as his legs won't take two races, but we just hope to get him there in top form on the day."
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Orange Also Set For September Quarantine
After beating only one home in his last race - also at York - Big Orange also had excuses for a poor performance, but owner Bill Gredley has revealed that the four-year-old is still set to go into quarantine on the same day as his rival.
Gredley said:"Big Orange didn't like the ground at York and also pulled a shoe off, but is fine again now. The plan is still to take him to the Melbourne Cup but he won't have a prep race out there as there won't be enough time."
Sir Michael Stoute’s Snow Sky is also being linked with an appearance at the Melbourne Cup, but a decision is not due to be made on the Khalid Abdullah-owned Hardwicke Stakes winner until next week. Currently joint-favourite for the race should he appear, Snow Sky is best price 16/1 to win the Melbourne Cup at William Hill.