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Lord Derby’s Ouija Board, seven lengths heroine of the Oaks in 2004, only once failed to make the frame in 11 Group/Grade 1 races overseas. She was named Horse of the Year in 2006 by the Racehorse Owners Association, and that same season she ran away with the Eclipse Award for best female turf horse in North America, the second time that she won that prestigious prize.
However, while Ouija Board has pride of place in the Ed Dunlop scrapbook, he is the first to concede that progress never sleeps, and, having spent 15 years at Gainsborough Stables on the Hamilton Road, where he worked for the late Sheikh Maktoum Al-Maktoum, Ed moved to the historic La Grange Stables at the start of 2009 to begin the next chapter in his training career. Ed and his team will never forget the likes of Ta Rib, who got them off to a dream start when winning the Dubai Poule d’Essai des Pouliches at Longchamp, Lailani, victorious in the Kildangan Irish Oaks at The Curragh, Vodafone Nassau Stakes at Goodwood and the Flower Bowl at Belmont, the evergreen Court Masterpiece, who bagged both the Sussex Stakes and the Prix de la Foret, and other Group 1 winners such as Fraulein (EP Taylor Stakes), Night Style (Gran Criterium, Milan) and Iktamal (Haydock Sprint Cup). But switching yards was the start of a new era and it was fantastic to celebrate another Oaks triumph in only his second season at La Grange, courtesy of Snow Fairy, who produced that dazzling slalom-type run up the straight at Epsom to win the Investec-sponsored classic in such devastating fashion in 2010. Snow Fairy, bred by owner Cristina Patino, who runs her under her Anamoine Ltd company banner, was supplemented for the Oaks at a cost of £20,000 after winning the Height of Fashion Stakes at Goodwood, and, though Ed is the first to admit that he thought the filly “would not stay”, champion jockey Ryan Moore convinced him otherwise after riding her in a piece of work before Epsom. This amazing filly followed up by taking the Darley Irish Oaks and then travelled to Asia that autumn, where she chalked up two more Group 1’s in the form of the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup in Kyoto and the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin. Her incredible year culminated in her being awarded Cartier Filly of the Year as well as Outstanding Three-year-old Filly of the Year from the ROA. She returned to Kyoto in 2011 to successfully defend her QEII title and the following year made an extraordinary comeback from injury to record her sixth Group 1 win in the Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown, bringing her earnings to almost £4m. The ROA recognized her once again when awarding her Filly and Mare of the Year 2012.Another of Ed’s champions, and probably his yard favourite, is well known globetrotter Red Cadeaux, who began his career off as a handicapper, his first major win taking place at Hamilton in the Listed Braveheart Handicap. He built on that victory with some aplomb when next running out a facile winner of the Group 3 Curragh Cup and again when 3rd in the Irish St Leger. His next port of call was the Melbourne Cup where he won the hearts of racing followers globally, when coming painstakingly close to victory; going down by a couple of megapixels in probably one of the most memorable renewals of “the race that stops a nation”. A third place finish in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase followed Australia, and the globetrotter continued to improve, taking the 2012 Yorkshire Cup and picking up places in Group races such as the Sagaro Stakes, the Coronation Cup, the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Princess of Wales's Goldsmiths Stakes. Red Cadeaux had become more renowned for the races in which he had gone down with all guns blazing rather than races he had won, but he finally gained that elusive Group 1 win in the Longines Hong Kong Vase, appropriately on the doorstep of his owner, Mr. Ronnie Arculli. Red Cadeaux had finally rewarded Ed for his persistence at aiming him at some of the richest races throughout the world, something that the trainer has become renowned for doing with huge success, throughout his career.