The hard-running Thoroughbred racehorse was pulled up suddenly by his jockey near the closing stages of the Melbourne Cup. A favorite of fans, Red Cadeaux broke down with a fractured sesamoid bone as the horses neared the finish line. It was a career-ending injury for the 10-year-old gelding. As the ambulance drove up to the horse, and the dreaded green screens were put up to block the view of the injured horse, racegoers were shocked to think Red Cadeaux was being euthanized. But the decision was made quickly to allow Red Cadeaux’s injury to heal. Since that fateful day at the Melbourne Cup and, as of on Nov. 8, Red Cadeaux has had successful surgery and will retire for the rest of his natural life at Living Legends.
Trainer Ed Dunlop’s assistant Robin Trevor-Jones said Red Cadeaux’s was immediately sedated and put into a splint after his breakdown. He was transported to Werribee veterinary clinic. The connections of Red Cadeaux wanted the best medical care for the gelding and flew in Surgeon Dr. Ben Ahern from the University of Adelaide School of Animal and Veterinary Science to perform the surgery.
Red Cadeaux by Cadeaux Genereux was trained by Ed Dunlop in Britain. He started five times in the Melbourne Cup, finishing second three times in the years 2011, 2013 and 2014. During his racing career, Red Cadeaux made 54 starts with seven wins and career earnings of $7,850,451.
Trainer Ed Dunlop was troubled when he first arrived at Werribee because he was not expecting good news, thinking that he would not see Red Cadeaux alive. Instead he saw the horse eating grass, looking happy. Dunlop said, “He’s in great hands, and we’re seeking a lot of advice and we will do whatever is best for the horse.
According to University of Melbourne veterinarian Dr. Chris Whitton, the horse has a serious injury but it is not currently life threatening.
Dunlop confirmed that Red Cadeaux will be spending his retirement at Living Legends in Melbourne thanks to his good care. He noted,
I can’t stress enough the role the vets at Flemington racecourse as well as the University of Melbourne Veterinary Centre played and well done to all. Obviously his rehabilitation is ongoing and it will be some time until he’s ready to be moved, but he won’t be coming home.
Red Cadeaux’s connections received offers from sanctuaries around the world to rehome and retire the horse. All were wonderful but they settled on Living Legends in Melbourne
Living Legends is a 1,500-acre facility that was created to showcase retired champion racehorses to the public. It is conveniently located six minutes north of Melbourne Airport in Woodlands Historic Park at the Woodlands Homestead. Guests and visitors to Living Legends will enjoy seeing the champion horses and also wild kangaroos. They can explore the gardens, parklands and the homestead itself. At times the venues feature functions and events, and plans can be made to use the facilities for corporate gatherings and meetings, or the facilities can be used for weddings. Living Legends helps to fund many charitable works including research into equine welfare with the money raised.
Living Legends is presently the retirement home of Melbourne Cup winners Brew, Efficient, Doriemus, Might and Power and Rogan Josh. Other well-known horses at Living Legends are Japan Cup winner Better Loosen Up, Paris Lane and Apache Cat.