2010 Emirates Melbourne Cup winner Americain could create modern history on Saturday at Flemington.
The now Swettenham Stud based sire has his first ever runner on the Australian mainland in David Bourne’s two-year-old filly Aspen Angel.
She will line up in the $80,000 Christmas Season Plate which offers an additional $50,000 in VOBIS bonuses to eliigible horses (including Aspen Angel).
And Bourne is serious about the Flemington tilt.
“I think she is my first ever two-year-old to race before Christmas across my entire training career,” he said.
“She has made a natural progression and is worthy of her place in the field. She has jumped-out at home (Seymour) and has demonstrated a good measure of ability and maturity.
“If I didn’t take her to the races now, I would be impeding her progress. Saying that, she will certainly improve over time.”
If the filly was to win, she would become the only 2yo progeny of a Melbourne Cup winner to win at the famed track in recent history.
Bred by her Melbourne based owners, John Newton and John Byrne, Aspen Angel is the first foal for her dam Whispering Angel (Not A Single Doubt).
David Bourne trained the mare for the two Johns and says she had real speed, but didn’t get to demonstrate that talent properly.
“Her career was unfortunately cut short due to injury after finishing runner-up in all three of her starts,” Bourne said.
“Aspen Angel has got a lot of her mum’s good traits, but is likely to be a bit sounder during her career.”
Of the past twenty Melbourne Cup winners, just three have been retired to stand as stallions in the southern hemisphere.
Two of those, Americain and Fiorente (at Sun Stud), are based in Victoria and have attracted large numbers of mares in recent years.
Americain has had just the one runner so far in the southern hemisphere with Geegees Blackprince stepping out at Hobart last month for a pipe-opener in preparation for the Tasmanian Summer Carnival.
In addition, from a small crop of North American foals, he has already produced two nice winners.