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Americain "Will Not Return To Europe"
US-bred, French-trained & Australian-owned 6YO entire Americain (Dynaformer-America, by Arazi) who powered home for a fast-finishing 4th as beaten favourite in Tuesday’s Gr1 Melbourne Cup “is likely to be a surprise starter” in the $350,000 weight-for-age Gr2 Zipping Classic at Betfair Park on Saturday week, reported The Herald-Sun. Owners Kevin Bamford & Gerry Ryan “met yesterday with bloodstock consultant Rob Roulston to discuss the future of Americain” & “another consideration is for Americain (who won the 2010 Melbourne Cup) to return to next month's International Day in Hong Kong to contest the Gr1 Hong Kong Vase” (in which he finished 3rd last year). Bamford said Americain would “remain under the training of Alain de Royer Dupre if he ran in the Zipping Classic and/or the Hong Kong Vase”. If he did go to Hong Kong he would “return to Australia & likely run in the Gr1 BMW at Rosehill in the autumn”. Bamford confirmed: “He will not be going back to Europe, but no decision has been made on who would train him. The horse has come through the Melbourne Cup brilliantly. We will see how he is in a couple of days time & decide then what way we'll go. We hope Stephanie (Nigge) will be able to stay involved with the horse; it's something we have to talk to Alain about."” The newspaper also noted: “It is believed a Victorian & NSW stud are in discussions about standing Americain next year.”