Swettenham Stud’s Americain is now officially up and running after he had his first Australian bred winner with Geegee Blackprince in the Tasmanian Sires’ Produce Stakes over 1400 metres at Launceston.
In the image of his sire, the dark, statuesque colt with a flowing forelock is had plenty of ground to make up coming into the home straight. He made it look easy though as he flew home winning relatively easily by more than two lengths.
While Americain’s first Northern Hemisphere crop of foals have already saluted in the United States of America and France, this was his first winner bred in the Southern Hemisphere.
Trained by Stuart Gandy, Geegee Blackprince is one of only nine Americain-sired horses to race so far in Australia.
Gandy describes the colt as a “superstar in the making.”
“You couldn’t get a better type. He’s a big, strong colt, beautiful nature, and the nicest moving thoroughbred I’ve ever broken in. He is well bred, and just a pleasure to work with, and we always knew when he got out to a trip he would show his best,” Gandy said.
Bred by one of Tasmania’s premier breeders Paul and Elizabeth Geard at their Geegees Horse Stud, he is from one of Tasmania’s best families, and is the ninth foal of the farm’s star broodmare La Quita (Grand Lodge).
La Quita is also the dame of Tasmanian legend Geegees Blackflash who reaped $1.2 million in prize money and also Listed Tasmania Oaks Geegees Goldengirl.
Along with their own stallions, Wordsmith and Clangalang, the Geards have taken to Americain as a sire, with the decision to breed their best mare, La Quita, paying off.
“Geegee Blackprince was just the best looking colt foal, just outstanding,” Paul Geard said.
“I’ve had him all along, we foaled him, broke him in and now he’s off and racing, it’s great to see him grow and develop. Each time he has gone to the races he has progressed, and the soft going suited him, he raced like it wasn’t there.”
The Geards’ liking for Americain extended to them buying a colt at the Inglis Ready2Race Sale last year. The 2YO has been appropriately named Gee Gees Americane and is nominated for a race on Sunday at Hobart.
Meanwhile Sunday’s winning colt will now head to the Geegees farm just north of Hobart for a well earned spell said his trainer.
“He will have a couple of months off before he gets ready for the Guineas and Derby down here, and if he lives up to what he is showing, he will be really hard to beat in the features,” Gandy said.
Americain’s stallion career kicked off in style last July in the Northern Hemisphere when his first runner to the track, the filly Folk Magic, won impressively at Woodbine, while the stayer’s former strapper, Stephanie Nigge, prepared another of his progeny, Americain Woman, to win impressively in France in April.
Americain, who shuttles between Victoria’s Swettenham Stud and Kentucky’s Calumet Farm, commands a competitive service fee of $11,000 (GST incl) this season.