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‘Trip to Paris’ may have trip to Melbourne Cup

Trip to Paris ridden by Graham Lee competes to win the Gold Cup during Ladies Day. Pictur

Trip to Paris ridden by Graham Lee competes to win the Gold Cup during Ladies Day. Picture: AP Source: AP

A MELBOURNE Cup start is under consideration for Trip To Paris after Ed Dunlop’s emerging stayer surged to Ascot Gold Cup victory.

Best known in Australia as the trainer of three-time Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux, Dunlop said Racing Victoria handicapper Greg Carpenter would have the lost word.

“The Australians, the clever ones, said ‘You ought not be running in the Gold Cup because you’ll spoil his mark (handicap) for the Melbourne Cup’, but I think his owners will want to do it now. Why not?,” Dunlop beamed.

“Steve Nicholson, who also looks after Red Cadeaux, and until today he always said, ‘He (Trip To Paris) is not coming on the same plane as Cadeaux’.

“He’s a stayer that can really quicken — he was unlucky in the Rosebery Handicap (2200m) earlier this year, so he’s got a turn of foot.”

Trainer Ed Dunlop.

Trainer Ed Dunlop. Source: Supplied

Superbly ridden by former jumps jockey Graham Lee, Trip To Paris upstaged Aidan O’Brien’s Kingfisher and Dermot Weld’s Forgotten Rules.

Dunlop revealed he had to be persuaded to enter Trip To Paris in the Royal Ascot showpiece by a syndicate which includes his wife Becky.

“They bullied me into it,” Dunlop said, referring to the $70,000 supplement fee.

Part-owner Andrew White revealed the syndicate had several offers to offload the four-year-old.

“We’ve had offers to sell him, but decided to stick with him. Let’s enjoy the moment and think about Melbourne later.”

Lee now holds the rare distinction of partnering a Gold Cup winner and Grand National winner (Amberleigh House in 2004).

Trip to Paris ridden by Graham Lee, left, competes to win the Gold Cup during Ladies Day.

Trip to Paris ridden by Graham Lee, left, competes to win the Gold Cup during Ladies Day. Source: AP

Asked to compare the two, Lee was curt: “That’s an awful question — I’ve had a great day in the office. It’s lovely to ride a winner here, a Group 1 as well.”

Dunlop has entered Red Cadeaux in Saturday’s Hardwicke Stakes (2400m)

Ryan Moore was hailed by Aidan O’Brien as the “greatest I’ve ever seen” after he equalled the Royal Ascot record held by Lester Piggott and Pat Eddery.

Moore’s victory on O’Brien’s War Envoy was his eighth win from 17 rides, matching Piggott (1965) and Eddery (1989).

“Ryan was superb he’s a marvellous jockey, the greatest I’ve ever seen,” O’Brien said.

Capel Path, owned by the Queen, broke down behind War Envoy and has been taken to a local equine hospital for assessment.

Brazen Beau, favourite for the Group 1 Jubilee Stakes (1200m), has drawn barrier 15. Wandjina will jump from gate 10.

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Posted June 19, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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