Reigning Melbourne Cup winner Americain has been confirmed as on-track to return down under this spring carnival and defend his title in the world’s richest handicap.
The American-bred, French-trained, Australian-owned galloper stormed into contention for the $6 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) last year after connections bought Americain over in October.
The talented son of Dynaformer then won their debut Aussie race in the Group 3 Geelong Cup (2406m) beating fellow Melbourne Cup hopeful Moudre on October 20.
Having previously won back-to-back black types over 3000m in France, Americain lined up in the famous Flemington two-miler on the first Tuesday of November and stormed home to claim a comprehensive three length win in the 2010 Melbourne Cup over Maluckyday and dual Cox Plate champion So You Think.
Following the successful and lucrative Melbourne Cup bid, Americain and winning hoop Gerald Mosse travelled to Sha Tin and ran third to Mastery in the $2.5 million Group 1 Hong Kong Vase (2400m) before being sent for a well-deserved spell.
“It was difficult for him to travel to Melbourne and then to Hong Kong,” Americain’s trainer Alain De Royer-Dupre said.
De Royer-Dupre bought Americain back in April of this year where they resumed with a first-up sixth in the Listed Prix Right Royal over 3225m carrying a hefty 61.5kg.
At their most recent run in France, the well-bred stayer again finished sixth this time beaten just over three lengths in a Group 3 race over 3116m at Longchamp.
“He needs time now and is going to have two races in Deauville before going again to Melbourne.
“We will try again (to win the Melbourne Cup).
“It was a very special day when he won in Australia.”