Americain Prepares To Defend Title In 2011 Melbourne Cup

August 19th, 2011

Americain will have his last home race this Sunday August 21, 2011, before travelling to Australia to defend his title in the 2011 Melbourne Cup.

The French horse will compete in the Prix Kergolay this weekend, which he also won last year.

Part-owner Colleen Bamford said that Americain’s horse racing form had flourished since winning the Listed Prix De Reux on August 2, 2011.

“We got an email yesterday with some photos and he had his last good gallop (on Wednesday morning) before the race on Sunday and he looked amazing,” Ms Bamford said.

“We’d had a little bit of concern with him earlier in the year, he just didn’t quite look right, but now he looks just like he did last year.

“He’s really bloomed and we’re expecting that he’ll run really well on Sunday.

“He won the Prix Kergorlay last year before coming to Australia so we’re hoping that he can do that again this year.”

While his Australian spring program has not yet been decided, Americain is currently also nominated 2011 Caulfield Cup and 2011 Cox Plate earlier in the carnival.

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