Prestigious Victorian stud Swettenham Stud has been named as the new home for 2010 Melbourne Cup hero Americain as the $5.9 million earner begins their new breeding career as a stallion.
A winner of 11 of their 34 starts as a racehorse the American-bred, Australian-owned and French-trained champ earned close to six million dollars in prize money thanks to performances including their win in the world’s richest handicap – the $6 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) down under in the spring of 2010.
The horse’s Australian part-owners Kevin and Colleen Bamford and Gerry and Vale Ryan have this week officially signed the paperwork confirming Americain’s position at the Nagambie based stud for the 2013 breeding season where they will stand for $12,500 plus GST.
“We are all staunch supporters of the Victorian breeding industry and are delighted that we have been able to come to an arrangement that will see Americain return to Victoria for his first Australian breeding season,” connections said of the deal.
“We look forward to seeing him make an impression and are excited about the prospect of racing some of his progeny in the years to come.”
Prepared by top French horseman Alain de Royer Dupre for the bulk of their career Americain’s other major turf triumphs included their Group 2 Prix Kergorlay (3000m) in July of 2010, the Group 3 Geelong Cup (2406m) in October 2010, the Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup (2500m) in October 2011 and the Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m) in November 2011.
They also boast a number of Group 1 minor placings with their third in the 2010 Hong Kong Vase (2400m), third in the 2012 Australian Cup (2000m) and second in the 2012 The BMW.
Looking at their impressive record it shouldn’t take long for Americain to book his first broodmare, Swettenham Stud’s Adam Sangster thrilled to have acquired the in-demand sire’s services.
“Americain is a superior stayer who possesses a sensational turn of foot and it is an honour for Swettenham Stud to be selected as the home for his debut Australian season,” he said.
“There was significant competition from high-profile studs in New South Wales in the race to secure Americain and his presence will be an asset for the Victorian breeding industry.
“Americain is not only a striking individual, he boasts amazing bloodlines and we look forward to helping Australasian breeders achieve the ultimate in breeding a Melbourne Cup winner.”
Americain contested a total of three Melbourne Cups backing up from their 2010 win with a slashing fourth to fellow French-trained stayer Dunaden 12 months later before their luckless 11th to Green Moon in the 2012 edition of the ‘race that stops a nation’ which would turn out to be their swansong start.
Kevin Bamford agrees with Sangster and believes Americain’s racing career, arresting appearance and remarkable breeding will make him one of the season’s most sought after stallions both in Australia and in the Northern Hemisphere.
“Americain is out of the Arazi mare America and has duplicated open lines to Plucky Liege, Blossom Time and Sierra in a similar but slightly stronger genetic pattern to the recent English Derby winner New Approach, who is one of the world’s hottest young stallions,” Bamford said.
Connections have also secured a deal to stand Americain in his country of breeding America for their breeding season at Kentucky’s prized Calumet Farm for US$20,000, the stud having recently purchased a 50 percent share of the champion.
While Americain might be in the breeding barn there are still a plethora of talented stayers already gearing up for this year’s Melbourne Cup 2013 on the first Tuesday of November.