05/16/2013 1:45PM

Singapore: Red Cadeaux tops International Cup


Red Cadeaux, second to Animal Kingdom in the Dubai World Cup in March, will race in his fourth different country in as many starts in Sunday’s $2.4 million Singapore Airlines International Cup at Kranji Racecourse in Singapore.

A 7-year-old gelding based in England with trainer Ed Dunlop, Red Cadeaux was third in the Grade 1 Tenno Sho over about two miles in Japan on April 28. Last fall, he was eighth in the Melbourne Cup in Australia and eighth in the Japan Cup at Tokyo in November before winning the Hong Kong Vase in December.

The Singapore Airlines International Cup is run over about 1 1/4 miles on turf and has drawn a group of 13 runners from Asia and Europe.

The field includes Military Attack, who won the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup in Hong Kong on April 28; Dan Excel, who won the Group 1 Champions Mile in Hong Kong on May 5; Pastorius, who was third in the Group 1 Prix Ganay in France on April 28; and Meandre and Hunter’s Light, who were sixth and seventh in the Dubai World Cup.

◗ Ayusan can become the eighth filly to win the Japanese 1000 Guineas and the Japanese Oaks on Sunday at Tokyo Racecourse.

Ayusan was an upset winner at 17-1 in the Grade 1 Japanese 1000 Guineas over about a mile on turf at Hanshin Racecourse on April 7 and will start over about 1 1/2 miles for the first time in the $1,981,960 Japanese Oaks.

Trained by Takahisa Tezuka for owner Juichi Hoshino, Ayusan, a Deep Impact filly, won her first stakes, and second race in five starts, in the Japanese 1000 Guineas. She finished a neck in front of Red Oval, who is part of the Japanese Oaks field. Red Oval, also by Deep Impact, was a minor stakes winner in January and has won 2 of 5 starts.

Christian DeMuro rode Ayusan in the 1000 Guineas, but has the mount on Red Oval in the Oaks. Genki Maruyama, who rode Ayusan earlier in her career, retains the mount.

Other contenders are Denim and Ruby, who won the Flora Stakes at Tokyo on April 21; and Kurofune Surprise, who won the Tulip Sho Stakes at Hanshin on March 2 and was fourth in the Japanese Oaks as the 9-5 favorite.