Gallant seven-year-old Dynaformer stallion Americain has begun preparations for the 2012 Melbourne Cup back in France with their former-come-current trainer Alain De Royer Dupre.
The American-bred and Australian-owned stayer has been through the hands of a number of trainers and travelled across the globe over their 31 career start to date that has amassed over $5.8 million in prize money.
Prepared in France by de Royer Dupre since June 2010, Americain’s biggest turf triumph came when they travelled down under in the spring of that year.
After an eye-catching Geelong Cup win in their Aussie debut the champion continued on to put an easy three lengths on Maluckyday and So You Think and win the 2010 Melbourne Cup.
Travelling from Melbourne to Hong Kong and then France again, Americain returned to the land of green and gold last Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival to win their first race since their Melbourne Cup triumph in the Moonee Valley Cup.
Failing to become a dual Melbourne Cup winner Americain lost few admirers in last year’s edition of the ‘race that stops a nation’ coming from near last to finish a game fourth beaten just one and a half lengths by fellow French-trained stayer Dunaden.
Americain then had their final run under Royer Dupre’s preparation next up winning the Group 2 Zipping Classic at Sandown, after which a decision by their Australian owners to keep them on in Australia was made.
The horse joined the Euroa stables of Victorian trainer David Hayes late last year and had three runs under him during the autumn.
First-up they finished a close third to fellow European import Manighar in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) before being beaten by Manighar again, this time when running second in the Group 1 The BMW (2400m).
Last start they dropped back to 2000-metres again, an unsuitably short distance for a proven two miler, and could only manage to finish sixth behind glamour mare More Joyous in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on Sydney Cup Day.
Americain has always been going to return to Flemington on the first Tuesday of November for the third time this spring for the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m), but their path there has been dramatically altered.
Hayes lost the chance to keep the star in his care failing to produce an autumn win with him and Americain’s owners sent them back to France and de Royer Dupre.
“He looks well. He has been here for two weeks and looks happy to come back,” de Royer Dupre told said this week.
“He went well in Australia. Maybe the last race was not the best but it is impossible to win all the races.”
Royer Dupre indicated a two run lead-up into the 2012 Melbourne Cup for Americain, one in France before a likely shot at the Geelong Cup again in October.
“I need just one race for him in Deauville at the end of August before he goes to Newmarket for quarantine,” he said.
“He will have one race in Australia before the (Melbourne) Cup.
“We might do what we did before he won.”
The $300,000 Group 3 Geelong Cup (2400m) runs at Geelong on Wednesday October 24, 2012.
The only concern for Royer Dupre ahead of the Melbourne Cup 2012 is the weight allocation of Americain.
They carried 54.5kg to victory in 2010 and had a hefty 58kg last year, which is likely to be what they get from the handicappers this spring.
“It is a big challenge but I’m going to try,” he said.
“He will have to carry the same weight as last year but he is a strong horse physically and can carry a big weight.”
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