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.”
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.