A stud deal for retired champion French thoroughbred Americain has been secured with the 2010 Melbourne Cup winner to stand at Calumet Farm in Kentucky.
Most recently prepared by Alain de Royer Dupre, and for a brief time Australia’s David Hayes for a three run campaign during this year’s autumn carnival, the eight-year-old son of Dynaformer will now embark on a new phase of a very successful career.
Americain bowed out of racing after their luckless 11th in this year’s edition of the world’s richest handicap when beaten seven lengths by Green Moon in the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on November 6, a race they won back in 2010 at just their second run down under.
Sure to make a very valuable stallion Ameircain’s official career record stands at 11 wins and eight minor placings from 34 starts for $5,923,677 in prize money.
The horse’s Australian-based part-owner Gerry Ryan confirmed that the respected Calumet Farm in America had purchased a 50% share of the USA-bred horse, with their initial stud fee to be announced next week.
“The deal has been done and we’ll have an announcement next week on what fee he will stand for,” Ryan said.
“Calumet has purchased 50% of the horse and we are currently weighing up a decision between two studs in Australia.
“By the end of next week we’ll announce the decision on where he will stand in Australia.
“The owner (at Calumet Farm) has about thirty mares in mind that he feels will be suitable for Americain.
“He was a big fan of Dynaformer and had built up a band of broodmares to send to the stallion but unfortunately the horse then passed away.”
Along with their historical Melbourne Cup win, Americain the first French-trained horse to win the ‘race that stops a nation’, their other major turf achievements included their third in the Group 1 Hong Kong Vase (2400m) in 2010 and their Group 2 double down under in the sprint of 2011 winning both the Moonee Valley Cup and Zipping Classic with a Melbourne Cup fourth sandwiched between the two.
Their other more recent Group 1 efforts included a third in the Australian Cup and second in The BMW beaten both times by Manighar in Melbourne and Sydney respectively during the autumn, and their game fourth to 2011 Melbourne Cup winner Dunaden in this year’s $2.65 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m).
Americain is scheduled to leave for America on December 11.
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