With the 2010 Melbourne Cup shaping up to be contested by a record number of international contenders, the Races.com.au team look at one of the punters’ favourites and ask whether Americain can become the first French-trained Melbourne Cup winner on Tuesday November 2.
Six-year-old Americain is an American-bred, Australian-owned and French-trained entire now prepared by the esteemed Alain de Royer Dupre who has stormed into contention for the 150th Melbourne Cup following a stunning Australian debut on October 20.
Americain claimed an impressive win in the Group 3 Geelong Cup (2406m) ahead of Moudre, making history as the first French-trained horse to win a Group 1 race in Australia, and is now the $14 fourth-favourite in the Melbourne Cup Betting at Luxbet.
Assured of a spot in the 24-horse Melbourne Cup Field sitting 14th on the order of entry, can Americain become the Melbourne Cup winner in 2010 at just his second start in Australia?
Horse Facts – Americain
- Jockey: International jockey Gerald Mosse has travelled to Australia to ride Americain and will be aboard for the 2010 Melbourne Cup
- Trainer: Alain de Royer Dupre
- Owners: G T Ryan, K L Bamford, C O Bamford
- Age: 6YO
- Gender: Entire
- Breeding: by Dynaformer (USA) from America (IRE)
- Career: 19-7-3-2
- Prize Money: $679,219
- Current Melbourne Cup Odds: $14 Luxbet
Americain will be seeking their fifth consecutive win when they run in the $6 million Melbourne Cup at Flemington Tuesday week, having continued their impressive overseas form in Australia.
Prior to travelling Down Under, Americain took out three races back home including the Prix du Carrousel (3000m) and the Darley Prix Kergorlay (3000m) at Deauville.
The son of Dynaformer then burst onto the Australian racing scene with a narrow victory in the Geelong Cup carrying a hefty 58kg, 3.5kg more than runner-up Moudre.
Americain has a real chance in the Melbourne Cup, the proven stayer having won over a maximum distance of 3100m previously whereas odds-on favourite So You Think is untested over a distance greater than 2040m.
The Geelong Cup has been an excellent indicator for internationals heading towards the Melbourne Cup, with 2002 Melbourne Cup winner Media Puzzle and 2008 Melbourne Cup runner-up Bauer both having won the Geelong Cup in their respective years.
Also an advantage is Americain’s Melbourne Cup weight. Even after half kilo penalty for their Geelong Cup win, Americain is allocated 54.5kg in the Melbourne Cup weights dropping back from their Geelong Cup weight and also meeting So You Think 1.5kg better off.
The 2010 Melbourne Cup field and barrier draw will be released after the final race on Victoria Derby Day at Flemington on Saturday with the market odds set to shorten.