Trainer Alain de Royer Dupre embarks Amercain on proven path to Cup success
- by:Adrian Dunn
- From:Herald Sun
- August 16, 2012 7:19pm
Americain, with Gerald Mosse back in the saddle, begins a similar campaign to the one that saw him win the Melbourne Cup two years ago.Source: Herald Sun
ALAIN de Royer Dupre has reverted to a proven formula to launch Americain at another Melbourne Cup.
De Royer Dupre will use Sunday night’s Prix Kergorlay, the 3000m Deauville race Americain won two years ago on his path to Cup glory, to start his campaign.
And jockey Gerald Mosse, dumped after his ride in The BMW at Rosehill in April, will be reunited with the eight-year-old.
De Royer Dupre planned to run Americain later in the month, but changed his mind after the horse’s work this week.
The trainer also will run Shahwardi in the Kergorlay.
Shahwardi would need to win to boost his slim hopes of heading to Melbourne.
The Kergorlay also contains several other Cup contenders, most noticeably Aizavoski, a winner of five starts in a row before being beaten in a Listed race at Vichy, France, last start.
Godolphin has entered Cavalryman, a last-start Listed race winner at Sandown, England, who was entered for the Cup last year.
Luca Cumani’s recent stable acquisition Mount Athos can enhance his Cup prospects in the 2700m Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury, England, tomorrow night.
While he has won his only two starts for Cumani, the latest by four lengths when carrying 63kg in the Listed 2800m Silver Cup at York, Mount Athos needs to win the Group 3 Freer Stakes.
That would boost his rating and the weight that Racing Victoria handicapper Greg Carpenter will give him when he releases Cup weights next month.
Cumani has engaged leading jockey Ryan Moore to ride Mount Athos.
Mount Athos was entered for the Kergorlay, but Cumani decided to stay in England. The horse is best suited to firm ground.
Cumani is already committed to bringing Quest For Peace, owned by OTI Racing, to Melbourne.