Friday 19 January 2018

Murtagh in the Red for Cesarewitch

Red Cadeaux will be ridden by Johnny Murtagh in the totesport.com Cesarewitch at Newmarket on October 16.

The star Irish pilot was on board the Ed Dunlop-trained four-year-old in last month's Cesarewitch Trial over course and distance, in which the partnership finished second.

It was the third consecutive time that Red Cadeaux, a general 20-1 chance to land the second leg of the autumn double, had filled the runner-up berth.

Dunlop said: "Johnny was very keen to ride again.

"He told me that he thought that they were going to hack up coming out of the Dip, but that the horse started to prick his ears and look about him up the hill.

"So we have decided to put a small pair of blinkers on Red Cadeaux on Champions' Day so as to make him concentrate and, hopefully, put the race to bed.

"He is a solid stayer with a turn of foot and a horse who enjoys getting his toe in, but genuine autumn ground would suit him perfectly," said the Newmarket handler.

Title-chasing jockey Richard Hughes will have his appeal against the severity of a six-day ban heard by the British Horseracing Authority on Thursday.

Hughes has appealed over the punishment given to him by the Wolverhampton stewards for careless riding when winning division two of the Cleanwastesolutions Handicap on Aviso on Saturday evening.

The stewards at the Dunstall Park course found that in manoeuvring his mount to the left Hughes had caused multiple interference.

They suspended him for six days (October 16 and October 18-22), which would see him miss Champions' Day at Newmarket on October 16.

Any ban would be a huge blow to Hughes' hopes of winning the jockeys' championship that ends on November 6.

Profound Beauty will leave for Australia on Sunday after being given the go-ahead to run in the Emirates Melbourne Cup next month.

The six-year-old mare, trained by Dermot Weld, will be having her second attempt at the prestigious handicap, having finished fifth to Viewed in 2008.

She was second to another Flemington possible, Sans Frontieres, in the Irish Field St Leger on her latest start.

"She's in good order and she will be leaving for Australia next Sunday," said Stan Cosgrove, racing manager of owners the Moyglare Stud.

"She's in quarantine. They'll just have a look at the joints and X-rays and things like that just to make sure she's OK, but as far as I know she's all right."

Profound Beauty is 16-1 for glory in the two-mile Melbourne Cup at Flemington on November 2.

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