Red Cadeaux set to pull through, says trainer

The injured leg of the Ed Dunlop trained Red Cadeaux is seen after the horse was injured in the Melbourne Cup. Photo: AAP Image/Julian Smith.
The injured leg of the Ed Dunlop trained Red Cadeaux is seen after the horse was injured in the Melbourne Cup. Photo: AAP Image/Julian Smith.

MELBOURNE Cup crowd favourite Red Cadeaux looks like he will pull through after being pulled up after the big race at Flemington.

Racing Victoria veterinary services said diagnostics showed the horse  had sustained a fracture to his medial sesamoid in his left fore fetlock and he underwent surgery.

There were fears that the three-time runner-up would have to be put down, but trainer Ed Dunlop said the prognosis looked good after talking to vets.

"I thought he was going to be put down," he told reporters.

"At this stage he hasn't. Obviously he's immediately retired.

"He's in great hands, and we're seeking a lot of advice and we will do whatever is best for the horse.

"When I was on the grass, I thought we wouldn't see him alive again. He's alive and well, that's all I want to say.

"When we drove here I wasn't expecting as encouraging news with that injury.

"He's eating grass ... and he looks happy. It's a bad injury, but it should be repairable."

Red Cadeaux ran in the Cup five times and finished second in 2011, 2013 and 2014.


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