Like So You Think last season rocketed up the sires tables last year with his first crop of three-year-olds, Swettenham Stud’s Americain is starting to do the same this season.
The Americain three-year-olds are starting to be tried over preferred distances with three Australian winners in the past three weeks of the new racing season.
And in recent days, it was two Darren Weir trained colts owned by Americain’s Melbourne Cup winning owners that saluted the winning post.
Amerock broke his maiden impressively at Donald on Saturday. He was bred and part owned by Colleen and Kevin Bamford at their Daisy Hill operation in Doreen.
Amerock is from the beautifully bred Zabeel mare Miss Shamrock, a half-sister to Sun Stud’s stallion Fighting Sun through her Group 1 Oaks winning dam Irish Darling.
Sold to Mark Hoare from Pacific Bloodstock for $30,000 at the 2016 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, the Bamfords kept a share in Amerock.
“We purchased half a dozen mares specifically for Americain, and I believe that Zabeel is going to be the most brilliant broodmare sire ever,” Colleen Bamford said.
Amerock has pulled up very well from his run and may possibly start in the Morphettville Guineas which would gain some important black type for Miss Shamrock.
On Tuesday, the Americain-Weir double was achieved when the Limerick Lane bred American Sunday won over 1300 metres at Mildura.
Darren Weir’s stable representative Darryn Murphy was thrilled to see American Sunday win in the style he did and believes they have a very nice staying horse going forward.
“Just terrific to see him win in these colours, the silks of Gerry Ryan, and John Sutcliff, Les Wharlow and Peter Maher, a great syndicate of owners and it is very pleasing for the stallion Americain,” Murphy said.
When Americain Sunday was bought by Darren Weir for $25,000 at the 2015 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale from the Swettenham Stud draft, (the now) part owner John Sutcliff was sitting with his old friend Gerry Ryan in the Swettenham marquee.
“We decided at the time that we would buy him back and found Darren straight away to tell him we would take him.
“Lucky we did, as he has actually paid for himself on his debut win. Thanks to the VOBIS Gold bonus (making it a winner’s cheque of $34,500) it has been a good day.
“I am as pleased for Adam as much as ourselves and I really hope that Americain takes off for both Gerry and Adam. Now for the (VRC) Derby!”
“He is bred to stay being out of a Redoute’s mare Another Sunday. His grand dam, Bella Sunday is by Sunday Silence, and the third dam is by Rory’s Jester.
“I think his colour (chestnut) is a throwback to Rory’s Jester, who stood at Swettenham Stud, then known as Collingrove Stud, which makes a nice story.”
Swettenham Stud principal Adam Sangster said the Americains were now physically coming of age and getting the results on the board.
“It is great to see the two owners of Americain both breeding a winner so early in the season, and we are looking forward to a fruitful and successful spring,” Adam Sangster enthused.
Americain stands this season at Swettenham Stud for a service fee of $11,000 (Inc. GST)