Americain was the first French horse to win a Group race in Australia a few weeks ago – and now has topped the 2010 Melbourne Cup results to become the first French horse to win the Melbourne Cup.
It didn’t look like Americain’s race for much of the run as he got caught in the middle of the pack while Once Were Wild and Descarado ran together in the front for much of the run, with Harris Tweed encroaching on their run around the middle of the distance.
On the final turn, the big boys made their moves as favourite So You Think charged forward to get ahead of the pack – but maybe just a little too early. Americain ran forward slightly later and clearly had more endurance at this distance, while Maluckyday gained ground steadily.
By the last 50 metres, American was far out ahead of Maluckyday, who had made it out ahead of So You Think to the disappointment of many punters. It was a Melbourne Cup finishing order that few would have foreseen.
This is an incredible win for the French runner, as this Melbourne Cup run is the highest quality race Americain has run by far. It was a completely unexpected result and while it is a little sad that So You Think could not get the win this year, there’s no reason he won’t come back even stronger next season.
Melbourne Cup 2010 Results & Finishing Order
3. So You Think