"English cricket teams may never win our hearts but a rugged old Pommy stayer with a Phar Lap-sized heart has done just that."
That was the opening line in one of the local papers in Melbourne yesterday morning as the city reflected on the 2014 Emirates Melbourne Cup and the fact that Red Cadeaux finished second for a third time in four runnings of the race.
Described as a "war horse" and a legend, Ed Dunlop's charge "has become a champion of Australian racing" according to another detailed review of his performance which saw him pick up more prize money in what has been an incredible journey for connections.
Red Cadeuax may not have won in almost two years but in that space of time he has managed to collect more prize-money than many could even dream of and he may not be finished on his travels just yet. Dunlop repeated the line which he has used in previous years. "If he hadn't run well here today, I would have retired him but now what is the point in putting him in a field when he wants to be racing," Dunlop said.
There is even a chance that Red Cadeaux won't be returning to England at all in the foreseeable future.
"I would love to come back here but I want to go to Sydney first. Personally, I think Dubai is out because of the dirt and if he is okay there is a possibilty we will go back via Hong Kong, have a little break and then go to Sydney for the BMW or something like that. We'll have to think about it because we take every race at a time."
Dunlop added that he felt "elation at what he (Red Cadeaux) has achieved but frustration that he has got beaten again."
Meanwhile, owner Andrew Tinkler vowed to be back and was proud to have had two runners in yesterday's Emirates Melbourne Cup trained by Johnny Murtagh, even if they failed to live up to pre-race hopes.
Three-times Melbourne Cup winning jockey Damien Oliver said of his mount Mutual Regard: "He moved into it nicely on the turn but he just pulled too hard and had nothing left for the finish," while Tinkler admitted that the ground was a shade too quick for Royal Diamond, with Steven Arnold stating: "He ran along at a good tempo but he felt the ground in the last 300 metres."
Yesterday's Melbourne Cup win meant that it has been a European dominated Spring Carnival so far with Ryan Moore winning the Cox Plate on Adelaide and Admire Rakti claiming the Caulfield Cup.