Cadeaux out of luck in Japan
Red Cadeaux finished down the field as Fenomeno won the Tenno Sho (Spring) at Kyoto racecourse for the second successive year.
The Ed Dunlop-trained Red Cadeaux finished third behind that horse last year but he found quick ground against him in the two-mile heat this time.
Red Cadeaux broke well and was settled in behind the pacesetters by Gerald Mosse but when the pace turned up a notch in the straight, the eight-year-old began to struggle and he dropped away to finish 14th of the 18 runners.
In contrast, Fenomeno produced a powerful drive to triumph by a neck from Win Variation, with Hokko Brave a further nose back in third and last year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe fourth Kizuna filling the same spot again.
Red Cadeaux flew straight to Japan from Dubai, where he finished sixth in the World Cup in March, and Dunlop's travelling head lad Robin Trevor-Jones reports the gelding to be heading home now.
He said: "We could tell that he hated that ground. Gerald gave him a terrific ride and, at eight years old, he can race on good to firm ground, but he just can't race on a ground like that.
"We had a little bit of rain during the week but it did nothing to that surface. I'm just thankful that he pulled up sound although he'll be sore tomorrow for sure.
We haven't decided on what he'll do next. We'll take him back to England for now."
Mosse was certain the ground was a key factor in Red Cadeaux's defeat.
He told www.japanracing.jp: "I was very happy with the condition of the horse.
He looked fantastic - even better than last year in my opinion -and he gave me everything in the race.
"I got a perfect position, a lovely race, but after halfway, I had to ask him to keep his position, and in the last 500 to 600 metres, I started to have trouble because he was not travelling.
"He's an honest horse and tried his best but, at eight years old, I think it's difficult now for him to bring out his best when the ground is too firm."