Red Cadeaux – Thanks for the Mem­o­ries

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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

Story and im­ages by Sharon Lee Chapman – Fast Track Pho­tog­ra­phy Story by Ron Wil­liams • Im­ages from

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