Ed Dunlop believes the chances of Red Verdon making an appearance in the Lexus Melbourne Cup at Flemington in November have increased following his run in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The five-year-old was put up another 4lb to a mark of 113 after finishing second for the third race in succession when finding only hot favourite Crystal Ocean too strong in the Group Two prize.
Dunlop, who saddled the gallant Red Cadeaux to finish second in the Melbourne Cup on three occasions, said: “It was a great run in the Hardwicke, considering he was a 33-1 shot, and that has put his rating up to 113.
“He has had an easy week and is back in training now and seems fresh and well.
“He is in the Princess of Wales’s Stakes at Newmarket, but that might come too soon, while he has not got an entry in the King George, so he won’t be going for that.
“There are races like the Prix Kergorlay we could look at that.
“After his run at Ascot the Melbourne Cup is now under serious consideration with him having gone up in the weights again. It looks like a strong contingent might be going out there from Europe this year.
“He has a wonderful temperament and is a good, strong build. He has been over to France and Ireland, so he has done a little bit of travelling.
“You have got quarantine either end going to Australia, but the travelling would not be a reason we wouldn’t go.”