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Sire Dynaformer
Grandsire Roberto
Dam America
Damsire Arazi
Sex Stallion
Foaled 2004
Country United States of America
Colour Bay or Brown
Breeder Wertheimer et Frère
Owner Mr G T Ryan, Mr K L Bamford, Mrs C O Bamford
Trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre
David A. Hayes
Record 20: 8-3-2
Major wins
2011 Zipping Classic
2011 Moonee Valley Cup
2011 Prix de Reux
2010 Melbourne Cup
2010 Geelong Cup
2010 Prix Kergorlay
2009 Prix Vicomtesse Vigier
Last updated on 2 November 2010

Americain is an American-bred French trained thoroughbred racehorse. The six-year-old stayer won the 150th Melbourne Cup in 2010, ridden by Gérald Mossé, trained by Alain De Royer-Dupre[1] and owned by Melbourne businessmen Gerry Ryan and Kevin Bamford.[2]

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 212 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 58 kg topweight. He ran fourth in the 2011 Melbourne Cup. American is now resided at the well known Victorian breeding stud, Swettenham Stud.


  1. ^ Spits, Scott (2 November 2010). "Americain wins the Melbourne Cup". The Age. Retrieved 2 November 2010. 
  2. ^ Manley, Michael (2 November 2010). "Americain wins Melbourne Cup". Herald Sun. Retrieved 2 November 2010.