Defending Melbourne Cup winner Americain overnight confirmed their claims to win successive editions of the famous Flemington feature, the champion stayer winning the Prix De Reux Stakes (2510m) at Deauxville in France.
Last year Alain De Royer-Dupre’s American-bred, Australian-owned Americain became the first French-trained horse to win the iconic Melbourne Cup, the son of Dynaformer beating home Maluckyday and dual Cox Plate winner So You Think in the $6 million, two-mile showdown in November.
Last night the six-year-old recorded their first victory since joining the elite list of Melbourne Cup winners, having finished a discouraging sixth in their two earlier runs over 3116 metres in Europe during April.
After a swooping final burst in the last 200 metres of the 2500 metre Listed Prix de Reux, Americain had a minimum margin of a length to spare over their five rivals and was ridden by their Melbourne Cup winning hoop Gerald Mosse.
“Americain is one of the best looking horses I have ever sat on and he is coming back to his best,” Mosse said after the win.
De Royer-Dupre was thrilled with the galloper’s win, saying Americain always found his form during the Australian spring months and that he was well on track for a second run in the Melbourne Cup (3200m) on Tuesday November 1, 2011.
“He was not happy in the (Northern Hemisphere) spring, and it takes time to recover after crossing the world,” De Royer-Dupre told Racing Post.
“Americain is a seasonal horse who comes to his best at this time.
“The horse is now spot on.”
Americain has now firmed into equal $13 favourite with Maluckyday in the futures Melbourne Cup odds, and is set to have a final run in France before making the return trip to Victoria.
Heading into the Melbourne Cup, Americain could also contest the $200,000 Group 3 Geelong Cup (2406m) on October 19, a race they won last year ahead of Moudre when making their Australian race debut.
“Like last year he will now go and try to win another Prix Kergorlay and then go into quarantine,” De Royer-Dupre confirmed.
“He may not have another race before the Melbourne Cup.”
Yesterday Americain was a surprise entry for both the $2.65 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) and $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) when nominations for the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival features closed.
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