Red Cadeaux – Thanks for the Memories
ANYONE WHO KNOWS ME WELL, WILL KNOW HOW MUCH I ADORED RED CADEAUX. I’VE PHOTOGRAPHED HIM IN FIVE COUNTRIES; DUBAI, SINGAPORE, Gollan HONG Racing KONG, THE UNITED KINGDOM
AND SO MANY TIMES IN AUSTRALIA.
He was without doubt one of the most amazing horses I’ve ever had the pleasure to photograph. He had such an amazingly beautiful connection with Stephen Nicholson, his track rider, travelling Foreman and Assistant Trainer, Robin-trevor-jones, his Trainer Ed Dunlop, his Owner The Honourable Ronald Arculli and all his jockeys, especially Gerald Mosse. Red had the same beautiful nature with everyone he came into contact with. Melbourne Cup day was a day of incredible mixed emotions. I, along with so many in the crowd, realised the enormity of what Michelle Payne had achieved; and all were so happy for Michelle, her brother Stevie Payne, the Darren Weir stable and all of the Prince of Penzance connections. My elation turned to devastation as I saw that Red had broken down and, when I saw Stephen frantically running out onto the track, the look on his face, and seeing the green screen surrounding him, I was inconsolable. I looked to the crowd and saw many people in tears. My good friend Kristen Manning and I just looked at each other, tears streaming down our faces. All we could do was hug each other and pray that it wasn’t as bad as it looked. What Red Cadeaux has done for racing and racing fans around the world is incredible. The way he has touched our Nation who have fallen in love with him, is what is beautiful about our sport of thoroughbred racing. He touched not only my life, but so many people around the world. We all love an underdog story in Australia and Red’s courage and tenacity was what we all fell in love with. Red became a part of Australian racing folklore, his name forever etched, not only in history as being the only horse to run 2nd in three Melbourne Cups, but in our hearts. He was adored by an entire nation and united everyone in the racing industry the world over. Such was the adoration for Red, that Epping Primary School hosted a Red Letter Day, where the children spent a lesson creating get well cards for Red Cadeaux. Earlier in the year when I was at Werribee, his stable was filled with Good Luck messages from his younger fans. Red was a gentle soul who endeared himself instantly to all who had the honour of meeting him. I will never forget the time that I was able to spend with Red in March this year and running after him in the water at Altona. I was drenched, but didn’t want to miss a single moment and it still rates as my favourite shoot I have ever had the pleasure to be a part of. (Ladies In Racing Autumn/winter #21) We all prayed that Red would recover from his injury and early on his prognosis looked good, but sadly he succumbed to his injury with a lack of blood flow to his leg, so the difficult decision was made in the best interests of the horse to euthanize him. My heart goes out to Stephen Nicholson, Robin Trevor-jones, Ed Dunlop, Ronald Arculli, Gerald Mosse, all connections and all the people who loved Red. RIP Red Cadeaux – You will be forever in our hearts and never forgotten. n