Support in the markets has come for star French stayer Americain ahead of the 2012 Melbourne Cup but many might not realise just how difficult a task the 2010 winner faces.
The eight-year-old, who will be starting in his third Melbourne Cup, will attempt to become the first horse since the legendary Peter Pan in 1934 to win two Melbourne Cups in non-consecutive years.
Peter Pan earned a spot in the Australian racing hall of fame for his second Melbourne Cup win and Americain will deservedly be given legend status if he can come the first horse in 78 years to achieve the remarkable feat.
On paper the son of Dynaformer looks a stunning chance.
He’s earned favouritism on the back of outstanding past performances, proving himself as one of the world’s best stayers.
He finished fourth in last year’s Melbourne Cup and was excellent in his lead-up run in the Caulfield Cup this year when he stormed home for fourth suggesting he was looking for further.
Drawn well in barrier 12, Americain has already shown he can carry weight and with 58kg he has a one kilogram weight advantage over fellow French star Dunaden.
Owner Gerry Ryan was thrilled following the announcement of barrier draw and believes the horse is in
“Great barrier draw. We’re very happy, the horse is in great condition and Stephanie (travelling foreman) is the most relaxed I’ve seen,” Ryan said.
“She said it’s the most confident I’ve ever been.”
“The horse can run on any condition and he proved that at Caulfield so let’s give it our best shot.”
So can Americain score a second Melbourne Cup and go down as one of race’s greatest? Or will it be just too tough an ask? Whether you are keen on him or not, ensure you are getting great odds by betting at bookmaker.com.au.
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