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Red Cadeaux breaks down: Trainer Ed Dunlop confirms retirement of popular Melbourne Cup runner

The Age The Age 3/11/2015

The Ed Dunlop trained Red Cadeaux works during a trackwork session at Werribee Racecourse. © Darrian Traynor/Getty Images The Ed Dunlop trained Red Cadeaux works during a trackwork session at Werribee Racecourse.

Sentimental Melbourne Cup favourite Red Cadeaux has been retired - but it could have been so much worse when the three-time cup runner-up broke down in the final stages of this year's race.

Red Cadeaux was rushed to a veterinary clinic at Werribee with trainer Ed Dunlop fearing he would never see the horse alive again.

Green screens were erected around the horse following the cup as vets assessed the damage, but a huge roar erupted from the crowd when Red Cadeaux walked into the horse ambulance.

Vets are optimistic the 10-year-old gelding's injury is not life threatening after stabilising a fracture in the horse's left fetlock.

"I thought he was going to be put down," said Mr Dunlop. "At this stage he hasn't. Obviously he's immediately retired.

"He's in great hands and we will do whatever is best for the horse. It's a bad injury, but it should be repairable."

Red Cadeaux fails to finish the Melbourne Cup on Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. © AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy Red Cadeaux fails to finish the Melbourne Cup on Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne.

Racing Victoria vets said Red Cadeaux had sustained a fracture to his medial sesamoid in his left fore fetlock.

The leg has been placed in a splint and the horse is reported to be comfortable having been given medication and pain relief.

Dr Chris Whitton from the University of Melbourne advised that the injury was not currently life threatening, however he said the horse would not race again.

"A plan to repair the injury is being formulated in consultation with other world-leading equine orthopaedic surgeons," said Dr Whitton.

He said the horse would not be operated on on Tuesday night, saying there were several options being considered to treat his injury.

Mr Dunlop said connections would be doing everything in their power to ensure that the horse makes a full recovery.

Red Cadeaux was the most popular horse in the race given his incredible history at Flemington. No horse has previously finished second in three Cups.

The Cup was won for the first time by a woman jockey, with Michelle Payne booting home 100-1 shot Prince of Penzance.

Dunlop's other runner in the race, Trip To Paris, finished fourth.

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