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Bluebloods : Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale 2013
2.27.69. It was a tough task for a horse who had just won the Melbourne Cup over 3200m. Americain's 2011 campaign was aimed at a second Melbourne Cup and he tuned up with a Listed win at Deauville and a crack at a second win in the Prix Kergolay, a race in which his chances were blighted when he stumbled at start. Flown back to Australia, he raced six times between mid-October 2011 and the end of April 2012 in the process again challenging as the best horse here between 2000m-3200m. In order, his efforts were a win in the Moonee Valley Cup-Gr.2 (2500m, by 2.25 lengths), fourth Melbourne Cup (1.45 lengths, favourite), a win in the Sandown Classic-Gr.2 (2400m, 0.75 lengths, $1.55 favourite), third in the VRC Australia Cup (2000m, 0.4 lengths, $2.40 favourite), a second to Manighar (FR) in the STC The BMW-Gr.1 (2400m, $2.40 favourite) and a sixth in the Queen Elizabeth-Gr.1 (2000m) at Royal Randwick. Americain wound up his racing career last spring with two starts, a fourth in the Caulfield Cup and a mid-field finish in his third crack at the Melbourne Cup. His overall racing ability was recognised by his being endorsed as the best stayer in the World Thoroughbred Rankings for 2011 and second top stayer World Rankings 2010 (narrowly behind So You Think). Other accolades were Australia's Champion Stayer 2010-11, Timeform's Best Stayer in their 2011 Rankings and Equal Champion French Older Male 2011. The World Assessments made him the second best American bred horse in the world in 2011. Americain's $6m earnings AS suggested earlier, Americain may not have emerged as a big time stayer on pedigree measurement if he had learned his racing in America or Australia as there is much speed in his male line, and on top of this he has brilliant ingredients in his immediate maternal pedigree. Earner of just under $6m, he is the highest money earner by Dynaformer, a good American racehorse and warhorse as a sire by Roberto and from Andover Way, a mare by the Ribot son His Majesty (also dam sire of Danehill). Deceased at the age of 27 in late April 2012, two weeks after being retired from duty, Dynaformer won seven races in the 7f-12f range (1400m-2400m), set a Keeneland grass track record for a mile and a half (2400m) and equalled one for 10f (2000m). His progeny to date, according to Keeneland sale catalogue information, comprises 20 crops of racing age, 794 winners of 2620 races and earners of more than $150m. The respect Dynaformer achieved in Europe has been shown by the best of his 117 stakes winners including Americain, Lucarno (Champion 3YO Colt England), Rainbow View (Champion 2YO filly Europe, Champion 3YO Filly Ireland), Blue Bunting (Champion 3YO Filly England), Ocean Silk (Champion 3YO Filly England), Meeznah (Champion Older Female England) and Wiener Walzer (Champion 3YO Colt Germany). He has had 23 Gr.1 winners worldwide, including among major performers in North America (approximate prizemoney, distances converted to metric) the ill-fated Barbaro (unbeaten when he romped to a 6.5 length victory in the Kentucky Derby but then in contesting the Preakness the next time out suffered fetlock fractures in his right hind leg that led to his death; earned $3m), Perfect Drift (11 wins 1300m- 2000m, $7.3m, third Kentucky Derby), Point of Entry (seven wins 1800m-2400m, $3.4m), Film Maker (eight wins 1700m-2400m, $3.1m), Starrer (six wins 1300m- 1800m, $1.8m), Critical Eye (14 wins 1200m-2200m, $1.8m), Dynaforce (six wins 1600m-2400m, $1.3m) and Sand Springs (nine wins 1600m-1800m, $1.8m). The toughness, durability and versatility generated by Dynaformer are traits also found in Americain's immediate maternal breeding. Winner of four races 1800m to 2400m in France, one at two and Gr.2 and Gr.3 events, his dam America is by Arazi, one of the most awesome two year-olds seen in the northern hemisphere. After finishing second on debut at this age, the superbly bred American product Arazi (Blushing Groom-Danseur Fabuleux by Northern Dancer) went through the year unbeaten, his seven wins including four Gr.1 events, the Prix Morny (1200m, three lengths), Prix de la Salamandre (1400m, five lengths), Grand Criterium (1600m, three lengths) and American Breeders' Cup Juvenile (1600m, five lengths). He was awarded an exceptionally high (for a juvenile) Timeform of 135 and described by the assessors as: "When Arazi found his stride, he became proverbial poetry in motion, gliding past horse after horse with a surge of speed that was devastating in its execution". Appraising Arazi's Breeders' Cup victory, Timeform wrote, "For sheer drama and visual impression, it is hard to recall anything comparable to what Arazi did that day at Churchill Downs". Used at stud in England, Japan and Australia, Arazi has included in his progeny Congaree, an American winner of five races, placed in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes and sire of Gr.1 winners, and Elbaaha, dam of Electrocutionist (USA), a Gr.1 winner in Dubai (the World Cup), England and Italy who died before he got his chance at stud. By the Roberto sire Red Ransom, Electrocutionist was bred on similar lines to Americain. Related to Never Say Die DAM of nine winners, including three successful in stakes, Americain's grandam Green Rosy is a daughter of Nijinsky's French 2000 Guineas winner Green Dancer and was one of 11 winners, all her foals, from Round the Rosie, a two year-old winner by the Bold Ruler speed influence Cornish Prince. There are least 170 stakes winners under Americain's first five dams and the fifth dam, Omayya (Sir Gallahad- Ommiad by Omar Khayyam) is a three-quarter sister to Galaday, third dam Never Say Die, an American foaled son of Nasrullah who won the English Derby and St Leger and went on to be an influential sire. Americain is another representative of the wonderful family descending from Chelandry, "one of the great tap roots of modern bloodstock". She was the grandam of two noted Australian sires of the 1930s, Heroic and Magpie (GB), and includes among current descendants Coolmore's shuttling Sadler's Wells English and Irish Derby-winning High Chaparral (IRE), the sire of So You Think, the world class performer who was third to Americain in the 2010 Melbourne Cup. Like Americain and High Chaparral, So You Think is a dual hemisphere sire. In the Coolmore armarda, he stood his first Australian season on $66,000 in 2012, a fee way above the $13,750 (including GST) Adam Sangster is asking for Americain's use at Swettenham, Nagambie later this year. A very good investment could be acquisition of the limited number of Lifetime Breeding Rights in the VOBIS GOLD qualified Americain available through Adam Sangster (mobile 0418 543 633) on a first-come first-served basis. Adam is delighted to have been able to beat stiff opposition for the rights to stand Americain by arrangement with Kevin and Colleen Bamford and Gerry and Val Ryan, the racing folk who had the joy of winning the Melbourne Cup with this striking looking bay/brown son of Dynaformer. Americain's appearance at Swettenham adds to the stud's image as one of the most progressive to emerge in Victoria. Swettenham has eight sires this year, namely Americain (USA), Equiano (FR), Soldier's Tale (USA), Host (CHI), Bianconi (USA), Dash For Cash, Kaphero and Master of Design. Six are Gr.1 winners. As is the stud's practice, all are on fees within reach of nearly all breeders and all are qualified for Victoria's generous SuperVOBIS scheme. Office contacts for Swettenham include (03) 5794 2044, fax (03) 5794 2112, email email@example.com, web www.swettenham.com.au. February 2013 44 MELBOURNE PREMIER YEARLING SALE Roberto (Hail to Reason-Bramalea by Nashua)
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