Star French stayer Americain will not defend his title in the Group 2 2012 Zipping Classic (2400m) at Sandown on Saturday week with connections announcing the 2010 Melbourne Cup winner has been retired.
The eight-year-old won last year’s Zipping Classic, otherwise known as the Sandown Classic, by a length ahead of Manighar but owner Gerry Ryan said Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup 11th was his final race.
“He pulled a little sore and we think now is the best time to retire him,” Ryan said.
Americain will now head to a career at stud with particular demand in the US for horses with the bloodline of his sire Dynaformer.
The outstanding stayer had tremendous success since being bought by Ryan and Kevin Bamford with the obvious highlight winning the 2010 Melbourne Cup.
He finished fourth in last year’s Melbourne Cup in a campaign that saw him win both the Moonee Valley Cup and the Zipping Classic.
In a rare move for an international stayer, he also had an Australian autumn campaign this year where he finished third in the Group 1 Australian Cup and second in the BMW.
The Zipping Classic often features a number of quality stayers, many who are backing up from the Melbourne Cup or didn’t quite make the field.
Who exactly will contest this year’s $350,000 Sandown feature is still unknown but a number of internationals could potentially back up from the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Flemington on Saturday.
Included in the field are Herbert Power Stakes winner Shahwardi and 2011 Melbourne Cup sixth Lost In The Moment who both missed out on Cup starts this year.
Also contesting the Queen Elizabeth Stakes are Bendigo Cup winner Puissance De Lune and Gerald Ryan-trained veteran Ironstein who won the event last year.
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