Americain Ready To Defend Melbourne Cup Title In 2011

July 26th, 2011

Americain will be back in Australia to defend his title in the 2011 Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse on November 1, 2011.

“He’s got two runs, a Listed race next week and then in three weeks another Group Two race over 3000 metres which he won last year,” Australian part-owner Gerry Ryan said.

“Then he’ll go into quarantine at Newmarket (in England) and then back to Melbourne.”

Racing Victoria’s Melbourne Cup talent scout Leigh Jordan is confident that recent quarantine issues with the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) are close to being resolved.

“We are meeting with AQIS and it’s likely we might have a resolution then,” Mr Jordan said.

“Certainly, everything is heading in the right direction.

“A lot of it is dealing with issues and finding solutions before going through the logistics.

“To be 100 per cent I wouldn’t like to commit to anything before Thursday’s meeting.

“But there needs to be a decision made because nominations close for the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate next week and people need confirmation.”

Mr Ryan has just visited Americain in his French stables at trainer Alain De Royer-Dupre’s Chantilly stables.

“He looks as good as last year, he’s got his mind back on the job,” Ryan said.

“He had a couple of runs because the trainer wanted to go to (Royal) Ascot.

“We always said we wanted to go back to Melbourne so they tipped him out again.”

Americain became the first French horse to win the $6 million Melbourne Cup when he beat Maluckyday and So You Think to the post last year.

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