Cadeaux on course for big run
Red Cadeaux is reported to be on top form as he prepares for a second crack at the Tenno Sho (Spring) at Kyoto racecourse on Sunday.
The Ed Dunlop-trained eight-year-old finished third behind Fenomeno in the two-mile Grade One last year and that rival will be in opposition again in Tokyo.
Red Cadeaux arrives on the back of a sixth-place finish in the Dubai World Cup and Robin Trevor Jones, travelling head lead for Dunlop, was pleased with the gelding's draw in stall five of 18.
"He had an eight-furlong canter today, I'm surprised how well he moved and he seems perfectly all right," he said.
"He's aged a year but his form is holding up and seeing his recent performances I don't see any kind of deterioration whatsoever.
"The barrier draw in five is super - it gives our jockey (Gerald Mosse) options to do what he wants.
"I would like him to just hold his position and hopefully sit in about sixth or seventh with a nice even pace and nice even gallop."
Red Cadeaux is the only foreign-trained contender in a field that also features the likes of last year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe fourth Kizuna.