Connections of top French-trained stayer Americain are leaning more and more towards a run in the 2012 Caulfield Cup for the eight-year-old before they look to become a multiple Melbourne Cup winner in the ‘race that stops a nation’ this November.
American-bred, Australian-owned Dyanformer stallion Americain first travelled to Australia in the spring of 2010 where they won the Geelong Cup ahead of their victory over Maluckyday in the $6.2 million Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m).
They returned for last year’s Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival and won the Moonee Valley Cup first-up before finishing a brave fourth in another French raider Dunaden having come from last on the turn when defending their Melbourne Cup title.
After spending the autumn in Australia with David Hayes Americain was sent back to their original trainer Alain de Royer Dupre in France, Hayes having failed go get the results connections were after with the horse finishing third and second respectively as the beaten favourite in both the Australian Cup and The BMW before their sixth to More Joyous in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Last seen running sixth on the back of a four month spell in the Group 2 Prix Kergorlay (3000m) in France on August 19, Americain was one of the first raids of internationals to arrive in Victoria last weekend.
Having made the trip over without issue already working well at the Werribee horse centre, there is a chance Americain will make his 2012 spring debut in the $2.65 million Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 20 instead of going to the $250,000 Group 2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m) on Cox Plate Day, October 27.
“The feedback from Alain and connections is that the two-and-a-half weeks between the Caulfield Cup and the Melbourne Cup provides a better progression for Americain this year,” Racing Victoria’s international talent scout Leigh Jordon said.
“Last year he had had a few runs in France, so he was fitter and was better equipped to cope with the 10-day back-up from Moonee Valley to the Melbourne Cup.
“Plus, the Caulfield Cup is also worth $2.5 million, which is very, very attractive, so that seems to be the thinking at the moment.”
In the latest Caulfield Cup odds at bookmaker.com.au Americain is rated a $16 chance.
The top three fancies for the famous mile and a half handicap meanwhile will all face off at Flemington this Saturday with December Draw ($9), Southern Speed ($12) and Green Moon ($13) all running in the $500,000 Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m).
Of course Americain’s main aim is again the Melbourne Cup which runs this year as Flemington Race 7 on Tuesday November 6.
Current Melbourne Cup betting markets are led by Luca Cumani’s international Mount Athos ($10) and Green Moon ($13) while Americain is the $15 third favourite equal with reigning champ Duanden.
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