AMERICAIN (USA) 2004 16.1hh
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Americain is an American-bred, french trained thoroughbred racehorse. At six years old, he won the 150th Melbourne Cup in 2010, ridden by Gérald Mossé, trained by Alain De Royer-Dupre and owned by Melbourne businessmen Gerry Ryan and Kevin Bamford.
Americain was purchased in February 2010 by Ryan and Bamford after his 2009 season included a Group 2 win in France and a failed campaign in the United States. He headed into the Melbourne Cup with four consecutive wins, including the Group 2 Prix Kergorlay at his last start in France before heading to Australia, and the Group 3 Geelong Cup at his first Australian start. He won the Melbourne Cup by 21⁄2 lengths, beating Maluckyday into second and champion Australian and short-priced favourite So You Think into third. He was the first French-trained horse to win the Melbourne Cup.
Americain followed up his Melbourne Cup win by running third in the Hong Kong Vase. Returning in 2011, his four runs in France in preparation for his Melbourne Cup defence yielded only one win.
However, on return to Australia, he won the Moonee Valley Cup, which made him favourite for the Melbourne Cup despite his 58kg topweight, for this Cup preparation Americain was pre-trained out of Kevin and Colleen's property Daisy Hill. He ran fourth in the 2011 Melbourne Cup.
In 2019, Americain returned to Daisy Hill and will now be standing at stud in Doreen, VIC. Colleen is often seen giving him his favourite treat, a carrot.