Gerry Ryan went back the source of his greatest win in racing when paying $120,000 for a yearling filly by Americain at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale on Tuesday.
Americain (USA) scored a career-defining victory in the 2010 Melbourne Cup for Ryan and his wife Val along with part-owners Kevin and Colleen Bamford. He has a paddock full of Americain yearlings back home at Limerick Lane in Mangalore but couldn’t resist the half-sister to G1 Blue Diamond qualifier Areti.
Catalogued as Lot 441 by Hillside Thoroughbreds, the Americain – Ajamais filly will be trained by Robbie Griffiths at Cranbourne. “She’s a beautiful, elegant type and a lovely walker,” Griffiths said. “I think she’s the most appealing Americain here at Oaklands.
“She isn’t as physically forward as Areti at the same age but will keep developing. It’s a perfect fit for Gerry. The filly has an active international page and he’s keen to support Americain.”
Griffiths will make a decision in the next few days whether to push on with Areti or send her to the paddock to be readied for a spring campaign. The Hillside homebred faded from third on the home turn in the G1 Blue Diamond after a debut win at Moonee Valley on February 5.
Hillside owners Peter and Areti Arvanitis have a Camelot – Ajamais filly on the ground and they sent the mare to Dissident last year.