American-bred, French-trained stayer Americain has made an impressive Australian racing debut this afternoon taking out the $225,000 Group 3 Geelong Cup (2406m).
Six-year-old Americain ($10), ridden by international jockey Gerald Mosse, moved up through the Geelong Cup field on the straight to beat home the punters’ favourite Moudre ($5.50) by a long head with classy mare Exceptionally ($6.50) a further half length away in third.
It was the ideal lead-up run for the 2010 Melbourne Cup by the Alain de Royer Dupre-trained Americain, already assured of a spot in the field sitting 24th on the order of entry for the world’s richest handicap.
Geelong Cup runner-up Moudre is likely to make last-grasp attempt of getting into the 2010 Melbourne Cup field on Tuesday November 1 by running in the Group 3 Lexus Stakes (2500m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day, October 30.
After today’s win, Americain’s fourth consecutive success, leading online bookmaker Ladbrokes.com.au shortened their price on Americain to win the Melbourne Cup and he is now the $12 third elect following So You Think and Shocking.
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2010 Geelong Cup Finishing Order
|1st||1||AMERICAIN(1)||Gerald Mosse||Alain de Royer Dupre||58.0||2-30.35|
|2nd||5||MOUDRE(10)||Craig Williams||Ciaron Maher||54.5||0.2L|
|3rd||9||EXCEPTIONALLY(3)||Danny Nikolic||Terry & Karina O’Sullivan||53.5||0.7L|
|4th||10||MR CHARLIE(2)||Luke Nolen||Peter G Moody||53.0||1.2L|
|5th||13||MACEDONIAN(4)||Dwayne Dunn||Peter G Moody||53.0||1.3L|
|6th||8||COUNT ENCOSTA(13)||Craig Newitt||John P Thompson||53.0||1.6L|
|7th||15||SAINT ENCOSTA(8)||James Winks||John P Thompson||53.5||2.4L|
|8th||4||ONCE WERE WILD(5)||Nash Rawiller||Gai Waterhouse||55.0||3.4L|
|9th||7||APPREHEND(6)||Jason Maskiell||Tony Vasil||53.0||5.4L|
|10th||11||THE HOMBRE(7)||Mark Du Plessis||John Bary||53.0||6.1L|
|11th||2||DRUNKEN SAILOR(9)||Brett Prebble||Luca Cumani||57.0||6.6L|
|12th||14||GALLANT LADY(11)||Blake Shinn||Lee Freedman||53.0||7.6L|
|13th||3||NO WINE NO SONG(14)||Jim Cassidy||Kevin Moses||57.0||8.4L|
|14th||12||MILES ABOVE(12)||Glen Boss||Denis Daffy||53.0||10.1L|
|15th||6||KERDEM(15)||Michelle Payne||Patrick Payne||53.0||10.2L|