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Ed Dunlop's Red Verdon fully fit for Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin after Melbourne Cup disappointment

Red Verdon has been backed to put his recent problems behind him when he goes in Sunday’s Longines Hong Kong Vase.

The issues started for Ed Dunlop’s five-year-old horse when the plane taking him from Newmarket, for an assault on the Melbourne Cup, was delayed for 14 hours because of a cracked windscreen.

That was followed by a disappointing run in the preparatory Caulfield Cup, before a foot abscess ruled him out of the showpiece encounter Down Under – a race that was won by fellow HQ-based trainer Charlie Appleby with Cross Counter.

Ed Dunlop's Red Verdon in Hong Kong (5773574)
Ed Dunlop's Red Verdon in Hong Kong (5773574)

However, the son of Lemon Drop Kid has now recovered from that setback and is ready to take his chance in the Group 1 encounter at Sha Tin this weekend.

Dunlop’s assistant Robin Trevor-Jones said: “It was a frustrating time in Melbourne but we are through that now and ready for another chapter.

“You could say, at least, that he is a fresh horse on the scene for this race and hopefully he can run well.

“We took him to the paddock on Thursday and Friday last week and that woke him up a bit and he has done really well over the weekend.

“All is good with him. His foot is good and he coped really well with the travel here.

“It is only eight or nine hours from Australia, which is nothing compared to Newmarket to Melbourne with a cracked windscreen.”

Another Newmarket trainer – Charlie Fellowes – will be represented in the race by A Prince Of Arran, who finished third at last month’s Melbourne Cup.

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