2010 Melbourne Cup winner Americain returns to Australia. Image courtesy of abc.net.au
Americain and Dunaden , the past two Melbourne Cup winners, are amongst the sixteen strong international contingent that arrived in Australia for an assault on Australia’s biggest races during the spring carnival. While they both have the Melbourne Cup as an ultimate aim for their Australian campaign, they will take different routes to the race that stops a nation. 2010 victor Americain is likely to contest the Moonee Valley Cup on the way to Flemington, although he remains in contention for the Cox Plate. Having shown his ability over 2400m with a series of good runs at the top level over that distance this year, Dunaden will contest the Caulfield Cup on October 20 before lining up on the first Tuesday in November.
Both of those gallopers won the Cup after running in the Prix Kergorlay and Brigantin will be looking to add to the good record of those coming through that particular event this year. Trained by master handler Andre Fabre, the five year-old was a good second in the race at his last start and will contest both the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups. Shahwardi , under the care of Americain’s trainer Alain De Royre-Dupre, finished third in the Deauville contest and will try to force his way into the Melbourne Cup field via the Geelong Cup, as his stablemate did two years ago.
American St Leger winner Jakkalberry will be British based Italian trainer Marco Botti’s first runner in Australia when he lines up in the Caulfield Cup before contesting the Melbourne Cup , while Englishman John Gosden is another first time visitor with Gatewood. Gatewood is one of four OTI owned gallopers being aimed at the Cups, alongside Ibicenco, Quest For Peace and Prairie Star. While the latter will be transferred to Danny O’Brien, Ibicenco and Quest For Peace both race under Luca Cumani, who also looks after Melbourne Cup hope Mount Athos and Cox Plate contender Afsare .
Two time Melbourne Cup winning handler Dermot Weld will be represented in the Melbourne Cup by Galileo’s Choice , while French Group 2 winner Tac De Boistron has been transferred to the stable of Michael Kent.
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