Owner Kevin Bamford couldn’t quite work out if Tuesday’s Group 1 $6m Melbourne Cup (3200m) favourite Americain had drawn well or not after the official ceremony was held this evening.
Amercian drew barrier 15, four barriers wider than when he won the Melbourne Cup in 2010.
“I wanted 11 and don’t know what 15 means,” Bamford said.
”The jockey and the trainer are not here so I can’t ask them.”
Bamford says the French trained galloper had done well in Australia and credited the strapper and stable spokesperson Stefanie Nigge for his progress.
Asked if Americain was better than last year Bamford wouldn’t commit saying we would know better on Tuesday.
Bamford along with friend and fellow Americain owner Gerry Ryan recently a bought 50% share in UK trained Cup hope Jukebox Jury.
“Jukebox Jury the won Prix Kergolay (3000m) and won it easily,” Bamford said.
“Americain was well beaten in that race and he (Jukebox Jury) seemed to be a good horse.
“Alan (Spence) agreed to sell half of him to us and Jukebox Jury then went on and won (deadheated) the Irish St Leger.
Jukebox Jury drew perfectly in six but the Mark Johnston trained galloper, who is yet to race in Australia, remained an $11 chance with TABsportsbet as Americian drifted from $4 to $4.20.
Bookmakers in the main left the betting as is.
The main mover with bookmakers post Derby day racing was Niwot who obtained at Melbourne Cup berth by winning the Lexus Stakes impressively.
He tumbled in from $101 to $17 but that was before the draw.
Head of the team Hawkes – father John Hawkes says the galloper had pulled up in great order after today’s race.
“Niwot is fit and well, it was a great win today and he has a lightweight and a good gate (in the Melbourne Cup) which helps.” he said.
“He lacks a bit of class but can stay and has 51kg.
“He is getting 7kg from Americian, he couldn’t beat him on level weights but that is what a Melbourne Cup is all about.
“I think he is better now than before today’s race.
“Eighteen months ago the vets said he would never race again, it is a great story.”
While Americain’s draw wasn’t great, his nearest rivals in Cup betting weren’t that much better.
Dunaden an $8 hope with Tabsportsbet drew 13 while Lucas Cranach drew 11.
Dunaden’s trainer Mickel Dalzangles was matter of fact about the draw but dismissed the Kergolay form in which his horse also finished well behind Jukebox Jury.
“The race was slowly run and I wouldn’t take a lot of notice of the race.”
The Bart Cummings trained duo Illo and Precedence drew the two inside barriers but their performances didn’t warrant any major shift in Cup betting.
UK trainer Luca Cumani said Drunken Sailor, in barrier eight, was favoured by his alley while Manighar needed luck.
He pointed to Manighar’s rider Damien Oliver as the hope of the side to help him overcome barrier 21.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||13X66X10X1||AMERICAIN (USA)||Alain de Royer Dupre||Gerald Mosse||15||58kg||117|
|2||01794X1311||JUKEBOX JURY (IRE)||Mark Johnston||Mr Neil Callan||6||57kg||115|
|3||12X3X12X91||DUNADEN (FR)||Mikel Delzangles||–||13||54.5kg (Pen. 0.5kg)||111|
|4||X446X13137||DRUNKEN SAILOR (IRE)||Luca Cumani||Dwayne Dunn||8||54kg||110|
|5||2312X24201||GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE)||Michael Moroney||Ms Lisa Cropp||23||54kg||115|
|6||2573X34844||MANIGHAR (FR)||Luca Cumani||Damien Oliver||21||54kg||110|
|7||3621X5X406||UNUSUAL SUSPECT (USA)||Michael Kent||–||7||54kg||110|
|8||2164112461||FOX HUNT (IRE)||Mark Johnston||Mr Silvestre De Sousa||19||53.5kg (Pen. 0.5kg)||109|
|9||111X4215X5||LUCAS CRANACH (GER)||Anthony Freedman||Corey Brown||11||53.5kg||109|
|10||2042X04312||MOURAYAN (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Hugh Bowman||14||53.5kg||108|
|11||X025X67009||PRECEDENCE (NZ)||Bart Cummings||Darren Beadman||2||53.5kg||107|
|12||9X20141053||RED CADEAUX (GB)||Ed Dunlop||Michael Rodd||16||53.5kg||109|
|13||341FX60220||HAWK ISLAND (IRE)||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||18||53kg||109|
|14||262X1421X3||ILLO (GER)||Bart Cummings||Jim Cassidy||1||53kg||106|
|15||189X223274||LOST IN THE MOMENT (IRE)||Saeed Bin Suroor||Mr William Buick||3||53kg||108|
|16||12X1X02241||MODUN (IRE)||Saeed Bin Suroor||Kerrin McEvoy||5||53kg||108|
|17||23245X0622||AT FIRST SIGHT (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Steven King||10||52.5kg||106|
|18||2DX2235013||MOYENNE CORNICHE (GB)||Brian Ellison||Brett Prebble||17||52kg||103|
|19||534X755580||SAPTAPADI (IRE)||Brian Ellison||Chris Symons||22||52kg||103|
|20||41312X8070||SHAMROCKER (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||Luke Nolen||24||52kg||108|
|21||2114331510||THE VERMINATOR||Chris Waller||Craig Newitt||4||52kg (Pen. 2.0kg)||105|
|22||1421X83832||TULLAMORE (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||Chris Munce||12||52kg||106|
|23||0121X07201||NIWOT||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dean Yendall||9||51kg||101|
|24||1142X06530||OLDER THAN TIME||Gai Waterhouse||Tim Clark||20||51kg||103|