The stars are aligning for Swettenham Stud sire Americain in the lead-up to the Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale.
The Melbourne Cup winner was raced by Kevin & Colleen Bamford and Gerry & Val Ryan and both couples have been on a winning run over the holidays.
Americain (USA) has 26 first-crop yearlings for Melbourne Premier – Swettenham has entered 6 and the Bamfords have 9 under their Daisy Hill Breeding banner.
One of the highlights among the Daisy Hill yearlings is the Americain – Paris Tryst colt (Lot 115) in the Blue Riband Session.
He’s a half-brother to Yulong Baby who is on a hat-trick after Caulfield wins on Boxing Day and January 9. Paris Tryst (Fusaichi Pegasus) is an unraced daughter of Australian Horse of the Year Let’s Elope.
The Ryans followed up Yulong Baby’s victory with Tuscan Sling who carried their Limerick Lane colours to victory in the LR Christmas Stakes on Boxing Day.
Another Americain colt in the Blue Riband Session is Lot 112 from Ampulla Lodge. He’s a half-brother to Kaphero filly Northkape who won the $100,000 VOBIS Gold Plate last year.
Their dam Northeast Note (Stravinsky) is a half-sister to LR Victorian St Leger winner Berlioz. Ampulla studmaster Steve Jostlear pin-hooked the colt for $85,000 at last year’s Great Southern Foal Sale. He was bred in partnership by Swettenham’s Adam Sangster and Gerry Ryan.
Jostlear and his wife Ceri are still on Cloud 9 after last week’s Magic Millions. They pin-hooked an Exceed And Excel colt for $300,000 at the Great Southern Sale and its value sky-rocketed to $800,000 in six months.
Swettenham’s Americain entrants include Lot 419, a filly from a half-sister to Zipping and Lot 452, a colt out of a three-quarter sister to Not A Single Doubt.
Americain (Dynaformer) is about to cover his latest northern hemisphere book at Calumet Farm in Kentucky and his first two year-olds will begin racing in the USA this year. Calumet owner Brad Kelley has also sent a select few to Dermot Weld in Ireland.
Leading Perth owner-breeder Bob Peters is another fan of Americain. His WA Oaks winner Reflected Image delivered an Americain filly on the eve of last year’s Melbourne Cup and her value continued to rise when older half-sister Perfect Reflection won the G1 Kingston Town Stakes at Ascot on December 5.
Reflected Image (More Than Ready) foaled down at Millford Thoroughbreds in Nagambie and she made the short trip to be bred back to Americain on November 29. Millford’s Jarrod Byers describes the filly as “lovely and athletic with plenty of quality.”
Peters has announced Perfect Reflection will travel to Melbourne for her next Group 1 assignment in the Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on March 7.