Americain reverse shuttles to Kentucky

The owners of Americain are guaranteed to receive several offers to reverse shuttle him to Kentucky in 2013.

Gerry Ryan and Kevin Bamford are currently weighing up stud options for their Kentucky bred stallion.  A report in this week’s Thoroughbred Times declared Americain is probably the best hope to carry on the Dynaformer sireline in the USA.  

Dynaformer (Roberto) has sired 125 stakes winners but he’s rising 27 and will cover a limited book at Three Chimneys Farm in 2012  

The Thoroughbred Times claims came in an article exploring the links between Kentucky bred Americain and 1986 Melbourne Cup winner At Talaq.

At Talaq won the Fosters Melbourne Cup two years after his initial G1 success in the Grand Prix de Paris . The son of Roberto developed into a successful if somewhat underrated stallion before his premature death in 1995.

Americain is a son of Roberto sire Dynaformer and was bred by Wertheimer et Frere who are best known as the owner-breeders of magnificent mare Goldikova.  

Dynaformer was a G2 winner on dirt but has turned out to be a sire of top-class turf performers as well as accomplished dirt runners.  He is an example of a highly successful breeding pattern of crossing Roberto to daughters of the full brothers Graustark and His Majesty from the family of Golden Trail.

In Dynaformer’s case, his dam Andover Way (His Majesty) is out of Golden Trail’s daughter On the Trail (Olympia).  On the Trail also produced G2 winner and useful sire Darby Creek Road (Roberto) and stakes winner Regal Road (Graustark).  The latter is third dam of 2001 Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos  .

Americain’s dam America (Arazi) was a G2 winner of the Prix de Malleret and is one of three stakes winners produced from the stakes-placed mare Green Rosy (Green Dancer).

Arazi, his broodmare sire, is based at Independent Stallions in Victoria.  He was a brilliant miler and the son of a still better miler in Blushing Groom whose bloodline historically has combined well with that of Roberto.

Green Dancer, the sire of Americain’s second dam Green Rosy, was another crack miler, though one that threw stamina as well as speed as a sire.

The bottom of Americain’s family descends from the Sunstar mare Sunstep who was imported to the United States as a yearling in 1917.  This is a family that has enjoyed significant success on both sides of the Atlantic, its earlier members included 1939 English Oaks winner Galatea; 1943 Selima Stakes winner Miss Keeneland, top English sprinter Fairy Flax; and major American stakes winners Gallant Sir, Sir Damion, and Reneged.

Americain would certainly fill a niche for the Roberto sire line in both hemispheres.  

Darby Dan Farm in Kentucky saw the need to bring in Roberto reinforcements when it began reverse shuttling Arrowfield sire All American (Red Ransom) last year.  He was a G1 winner of the 2009 Emirates Stakes clocking a new Flemington 1600m track record of 1.33.98s.

Arrowfield also stands Red Ransom sire Charge Forward.  Red Ransom stood at Vinery until his death in November 2009 and Vinery has replaced him with G1 AJC Champagne Stakes winner Onemorenomore.

Americain missed out on a second Melbourne Cup this year but he did sign off with a dominant victory in the G2 Zipping Classic at Sandown.

The fact he is also a quite striking individual won’t hurt Americain’s stallion prospects.  He took centre stage at Sandown and appeared to relish his role as the alpha male of the meeting.