German trainer Andreas Wohler is unfazed by Red Cardinal’s Prix Kergolay flop — an underwhelming performance which saw the Australian-owned stayer drift from Melbourne Cup favouritism.
Raced by Australian Bloodstock — owners of 2014 Wohler-trained Cup-winner Protectionist — Red Cardinal finished fifth behind Marmelo at Deauville in what is regarded as a key Flemington pointer.
American and Dunaden are Melbourne Cup winners to have come through the race.
Red Cardinal’s connections were hoping for a similarly positive showing but the gelding was unable to accelerate off a muddling pace and was beaten just over six lengths.
The performance prompted TAB to reshuffle markets with Hartnell and Japanese import Admire Deus (both $15) firming into joint favouritism.
Red Cardinal now shares the second line at $21 with 2016 winner Almandin, Albert, Big Duke, Crocodile Rock, Francis Of Assisi and Thomas Hobson. Read More…