RED Cadeaux, the UK stayer who rose to cult status in Australia on the back of a record three seconds in the Melbourne Cup, will not undergo surgery to repair a fractured sesamoid in his near side front fetlock.
Robin Trevor-Jones, the travelling foreman for trainer Ed Dunlop and constant companion of the 10-year-old on his six trips to Australia, said veterinary opinion, gathered from around the world, recommended against an operation. Red Cadeaux is currently under observation at the University of Melbourne Equine Clinic at Werribee,
He said the consensus from veterinarians is to let the injury—a crack in the sesamoid—heal itself naturally. He added that gentle process would allow the horse to spend his retirement in comfort.
“The leg is in a splint, we just have to leave it up to the experts,” Trevor-Jones said. “But there is more brightness than dullness. When he came out of sedation last night he was eating hay and wandering around his box with his cast on. We have forever to do what the vets think is best.
“Mr (Ron) Arculli is insisting that we give the horse the best quality of life we can. There is no rush with him, he is retired now.
“I spoke to a lot of vets last night and they said horses that have had similar injuries have ended up running around paddocks as happy as Larry.”
Trevor-Jones said the horsemanship of Hong Kong-based jockey Gerald Mosse in pulling up the hors...