Cadeaux in the clear
Red Cadeaux has been involved in a virus scare at his quarantine barn in Australia but Ed Dunlop has given him the all-clear.
Last year's Melbourne Cup runner-up is stabled in the same barn as the former John Oxx-trained Hartani who has struck up a temperature.
The three-year-old has been bought to take part in next year's carnival but thankfully Racing Victoria officials confirmed there was no cause for alarm.
"As part of the quarantine process, each horse's temperature is checked twice daily. It was established that Hartani had an elevated temperature last night and as a precaution the horse was moved to the isolation box at the Vintage Crop stables," said RV's head of equine welfare and veterinary service, Brian Stewart.
"The horse was treated promptly and his temperature had returned to normal this morning. A blood test was performed and the initial reports are that the horse is suffering from a mild viral infection and appears to be recovering quickly.
"As a routine precaution, veterinarians will monitor the horse's progress over coming days, but at this time, we don't expect this to have an impact on the preparation of the international horses being trained from the Vintage Crop Stables."
Red Cadeaux's jockey Michael Rodd feels Dunlop's charge is stronger this year as he aims to go one better.
"He's bigger and wider than he was last year and I could really feel it out on the track," Rodd told www.racingvictoria.net.au.
"Last year is still hurting and I've had 12 months to relive it and how I might be able to turn the tables this year.
"He's been going quite well but just seems to like it here. Hopefully he can go one better than last year."