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Trip To Paris Wins Gr1 Gold Cup
Trainer Ed Dunlop is considering the Melbourne Cup later in the year for Trip To Paris (Champs Elysees-La Grande Zoa, by Fantastic Light) after the 4YO Irish-bred gelding won Royal Ascot's showpiece event, the £375,000 Gr1 Gold Cup (20 furlongs) at the Berkshire track overnight. Trip to Paris scored by 1.25-lengths over 4YO entire Kingfisher (Galileo-Mystical Lady, by Halling) and 5YO gelding Forgotten Rules (Nayef-Utterly Heaven, by Danehill) to take his record to 6 wins and 2 placings from 16 starts for £370,941 earnings. The victory was full of milestones, with Graham Lee becoming the first jockey in history to claim the Grand National-Gold Cup double, while Dunlop's was more personal in nature, having emulated his father's Gold Cup success some 41 years earlier. "My parents had the Gold Cup on the dining room table at home, it was Ragstone in 1974, so this is simply amazing," he told Racing Post. Dunlop, who is very familiar with training a horse for the Melbourne Cup having prepared Red Cadeaux for three second placings, said Australia's most famous race was now being considered for his latest staying star. "He's probably badly handicapped now, but yeah, he can quicken and goes on any ground so the race has to be considered," he said.