Americain (Ire) filly Aspen Angel delivered more good news for Swettenham Stud at Flemington on Saturday.
Aspen Angel pleased her trainer David Bourne, owner-breeders John Newton and John Byrne and the team at Swettenham with a tremendous second to top colt King’s Authority in the Christmas Season Plate (1000m). She kept finding behind the Hillside Thoroughbreds (Nagambie) bred winner who is a Blue Diamond – Golden Slipper type according to Mick Price.
Aspen Angel was just the second runner for Americain in the Southern Hemisphere after Geegees Blackprince lined up at Hobart in November.
A third runner is possible this Saturday with the Daisy Hill bred Americain Rock entered by Flemington trainer Stephen Brown for the juvenile race at Gawler.
Bourne said the filly is now having a week or two rest and relaxation before coming back to target the Group 3 Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on March 11.
“There’s so much improvement to come. Mick’s colt is very smart but he was a couple of gallops ahead of our filly. I only gave her one jump-out before Saturday.”
Bourne trained her dam Whispering Angel (Not A Single Doubt) who is from a successful Woodlands Stud family going way back to 1980s Blue Diamond winner Black Shoes.
“She was a bit scatty. Plenty of ability but wanted to get the race over and done with in the first 800 metres.
“Aspen Angel has got her mother’s speed but with more brains and better legs. She’s as sound as a bell and looks like a real black-type filly next year.
“Americain has obviously clicked with the mare. I was underbidder for an Americain at the Adelaide Magic Millions. I liked the colt and could have kicked myself after missing out.”
Melbourne breeders Newton and Byrne race the filly who carries the same colours as racing legends Carbine and Super Impose. Newton and Swettenham owner Adam Sangster named her during a trip to the Aspen Mountains last year.
“Americain covered his last mare on the weekend and leaves the farm this week for Kentucky,” Swettenham’s Office Manager Michael Bolton said on Monday.
“John boards Whispering Angel with us and she has a yearling filly and a colt by Equiano. And we told him last week the mare is back in foal to Americain.”
Americain has already sired two early winners in North America while he had first runner in France recently at Deauville.
Interestingly the French based 2yo, named Americain Woman, is prepared by Stephanie Nigge and her father Markus. Stephanie became well known in Australia as the travelling foreperson associated with Americain’s Melbourne Cup campaigns. Like Americain, Americain Woman is also owned by Australian businessman and Victorian breeder Gerry Ryan.