Americain – just the horse to win the 2011 Melbourne Cup

Outstanding French trainer Alain De Royer-Dupre arrived in Melbourne on Sunday morning to put the finishing touches on last year’s Melbourne Cup winner Americain.

After he watched the gallop he turned to part owner Coleen Bamford and said that the work was “perfect” and added “you don’t need me here.”

Luxbet have Americain at $4.60 to become the Group 1 $6m 2011 Melbourne Cup winner and by all reports that is great value.

2011 Melbourne Cup – horse profile

#1 Americain (barrier 15) 58kg

  • seven year old brown/bay horse
  • Record: 26 starts 10 wins 3 second 3 third
  • Winning distance range 1400m to 3200m
  • Best win: 2010 Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) Flemington
  • Trainer: Alain De Royer-Dupre, Chantilly, France
  • Jockey, Gerard Mosse.
  • Latest price Luxbet $4.60 favourite.

It must be remembered that in the 2010 version of the Melbourne Cup, Americian made a pretty decent horse look average.

That horse was So You Think, the dual Cox Plate winner and star of Australian racing.

Americain was absolutely running away with the race in the final 100m and if the race was any further,  the 2-3/4 length winning margin would have been greater

Okay So You Think may not stay the journey, but what Americain did to him, he also did to the rest of the field including Maluckyday.

In short, that Melbourne Cup was of high quality, probably better than the Melbourne Cup of 2011.

After the 2010 Melbourne Cup, Americain went back to Europe and performed moderately.

But think of it this way.

Having the knowledge you can win $3.5m in Australia at the end the year, it is only common sense that the great French trainer wouldn’t overtax his galloper beforehand.

Americian returned to Australia for two runs and the first, in the Moonee Valley Cup, was an easy pipe opener.

Going to the line under a hold, jockey Gerard Mosse dismounted and said the horse only used 70% of his talent to win.

One wouldn’t image there is not much hope for those who finished behind him.

The only worry with the whole repeat is that Americain has to carry more weight. Last year he carried 54.5kg and this year it is 58kg.

To offset that, he is a big horse who has carried bigger weight to victory overseas. His Moonee Valley Cup win was also with 58kg.

Royer-Dupre said barrier 15 wouldn’t be an excuse.

Truth is Americain runs 3200m right out, extremely well whereas many of his rivals may not.

He is the right favourite of the 2011 Melbourne Cup because he will be very tough to beat.

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