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Scans On "Deep Cuts" To Americain Hind Legs
Vets will perform scans on Gr1 Melbourne Cup-winning 5YO entire Americain (Dynaformer-America, by Arazi) after it was revealed he suffered deep cuts to his hind legs "when galloped on as the pace slackened soon after the start", before finishing 3rd in Sunday's Gr1 HK International Vase (2400m) at Sha Tin. However Australian owner Gerry Ryan told The Daily Telegraph the lacerations "will not jeopardise" Americain's racing future, noting: "He got galloped on behind & received some quite deep cuts, but he is going to be okay. Unfortunately when the pace of the race slackened off, the horses in behind him got on his heels. It can happen in racing. He is going back to Chantilly (in France) as planned for a spell, but because he is such a robust horse he will stay in the stable environment, he doesn't go to the paddock. All is still well with plans for him to defend his Melbourne Cup crown next year." And trainer Alain de Royer Dupre "hinted Americain was likely to be set for the Gr1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (in October) before returning to Australia for the Melbourne Cup".