Trip To Paris has set himself up for a trip to Melbourne in the spring with victory in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot.
The Ed Dunlop-trained gelding is now in line to accompany his stablemate, three-time Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux this year.
“The Australians, the clever ones, said ‘you don’t want to run in the Gold Cup, as it will ruin your handicap mark’, but I think the guys will want to do it now,” Dunlop said regarding the Melbourne Cup.
“He’s proven today he’s a very good horse and it will be considered.”
For Dunlop, the Gold Cup win was one to savour as his father John saddled Ragstone to win in 1974.
“This win ranks near the top of them and it is a dream come true,” he said.
“It’s amazing. My parents have the Gold Cup on the dining room table at home and it’s been there since 1974.
“Credit goes to the owners. They bullied me into supplementing and it came off.
“His owners are all very sporting and put up with me. Some have been with me since the start. There are seven of us in the partnership.
The win was a history-making one for his jockey Graham Lee who became the first Grand National-winning rider to claim the Gold Cup.
The 39-year-old partnered Amberleigh House to glory in the Aintree showpiece in 2004.