Injured galloper Red Cadeaux is to follow the well-worn path of British retirees living out their days in sunny Australia.
The three-time Melboune Cup runner-up fractured a sesamoid bone in the race last week, which was won by New Zealand-bred galloper Prince of Penzance.
Surgeon Dr Ben Ahern from the University of Adelaide School of Animal and Veterinary Science, was flown in to perform surgery on the 10-year-old, who was pulled up in the final stages of the race.
Red Cadeaux’s connections were inundated with offers from around the world to rehome the horse, but settled on Living Legends – The International Home of Rest for Champion Horses, in Greenvale near Melbourne. Living Legends is the home of Melbourne Cup winners Brew, Efficient, Doriemus, Might and Power and Rogan Josh, and other great gallopers including Japan Cup winner Better Loosen Up, Paris Lane, and Apache Cat.
Trained in Britain by Ed Dunlop, Red Cadeaux (Cadeaux Genereux x Artsia) ran in the Melbourne Cup five times, finishing second three times, in 2011, 2013 and 2014.
Living Legends was established to bring retired champion racehorses back into the public eye. It is based at Woodlands Homestead in Woodlands Historic Park, six minutes north of Melbourne Airport. Visitors can see the horses, as well as wild kangaroos, explore the homestead, or just enjoy the gardens and parklands. Living Legends is also a venue for functions and events, including corporate functions, meetings and weddings. The money raised through these activities helps to fund the charitable works of Living Legends, which includes funding research into equine welfare and funding non-invasive research into equine diseases, such as strangles, sweet itch, colic, grass sickness and cardiology.