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The wheels are in motion for Swettenham Stud’s Americain, having already claimed seven winners, across five different countries. With outstanding runaway victories being their common race pattern, his progeny on the track are starting to gain momentum.
The stunning Americain (USA) has now shown the ability to sire a two-year-old winner over 1200m, raising the confidence of breeders who enthusiastically supported the top class son of Dynaformer since he retired to Swettenham.
Retired to stud in 2013 in America, he produced 34 registered foals from his first crop. With 26 to race, he has already had six individual winners. In Australia, he produced a large first crop of about 113 foals. Now starting to make their racetrack debuts, he has had 13 starters, including his first southern hemisphere winner, Geegee Blackprince in the Tasmanian Produce Stakes, and the promising Aspen Angel, a runner-up at Flemington.
Looking at his runners to age, from 27 two-year-old runners he has had three winners, and from his 25 three-year-olds to race, he has had four winners.
His international progeny are travelling the world with winners in five countries, including America, Australia, Canada, France and even Barbados, with runners also in Mexico, Chile and Ireland.
From his US crop, Americain has had six winners, from dams by Shamardal (Lizzie’s Way), Johannesburg (Folk Magic), Carson City (Won Grand) and Rock Hard Ten (Americain Woman) in France. Smart Strike, by Mr Prospector is both Violet Blue’s and Bella Bella’s dam-sire. Grand Lodge was GeeGee Blackprince’s dam sire in Australia.
The two-year-old Folk Magic, Americain’s first winner on the 23rd July 2016 at Woodbine, Toronto, Canada, won impressively over 1200m, for trainer Brian Lynch. Tracking the leaders through the race, Canadian-based filly accelerated smartly to the line to win by almost four lengths lengths.
“Folk Magic turns up the heat on her opposition,” Woodbine’s course commentator said at the furlong. “There’s a lot of education still needed but so much talent.”
Americain’s second Kentucky-bred winner came on the 18th November when Lizzie’s Way streeted down the outside to race away by five lengths over 1600m at Golden Gate Fields.
The Rene Amescua-trained filly, was bred by Americain’s part owners Kevin & Christine Bamford, who purchased a number of mares to visit Americain in Kentucky.
On the 6th April, Americain Woman delighted co-owner of Americain, Gerry Ryan with a win in France. Ryan bred Americain Woman out of the Rock Hard Ten mare Sister Rocks, a half-sister to Swettenham’s Stud’s stallion, the multiple Australian Group winner Puissance De Lune.
Now a trainer in her own right, Stephanie Nigge, used to work for Alan de Royer-Dupre and was instrumental in preparing Americain for his Melbourne travels.
“Sister Rocks was based in England, so I flew her over to the States to visit Americain and then sent her back to Ireland, to visit Shamardal, the sire of Puissance De Lune,”
“They are now talking the French Oaks with her. It’s very exciting. I’m excited for Stephanie as she loved Americain and was influential in his success.” Ryan said.
The first Australian winner came on the 21st May when Geegee Blackprince claimed the Tasmanian Sires’ Produce Stakes as a two-year-old over 1400m in an impressive display. Finishing powerfully, Geegee Blackprince sprinted away to record a widening two length win for trainer Stuart Gandy who describes him as “a superstar in the making” and large breeder’s Paul and Elizabeth Geard.
In the slimmest of winning margins, on June 3rd at Belmont over 2200m, Violet Blue rounded the field to fly down the outside to match Blenheim Palace in an exciting dead heat.
The most exotic winner award goes to Won Grand over 1800m on the 10th June at the Caribbean style, Garrison Savannah racetrack, at the Barbados Turf Club, in the West Indies.
And his most recent winner Bella Bella claimed her maiden victory on the 15th of June over 1700m at Churchill Downs for trainer Grant Foster, which hopefully will be the venue for more success to come.
Americain has served 377 mares in his first three seasons at stud in Victoria with no less than 222 live foals on the ground from his first two crops of 155 and 133 respectively.
Americain’s progeny are proving to be extremely popular with 25 of his southern hemisphere yearlings selling for up to $175,000 in 2017. At the NZB Ready To Run Sale, Mark Pilkington purchased the colt from Fair Choice for $90,000 and the colt out of Half Eight sold to Singapore for $60,000.
Off the back of his first two seasons at stud, Americain has outstanding prospects to succeed as a sire in both hemispheres and breeders can be confident he will supply highly desired yearlings and talented gallopers in the future.
Americain will stand this season at Victoria’s premier nursery, Swettenham Stud for the competitive fee of $11,000 (Inc. GST)