Xavier and Nathalie Bozo - Spring Water Farm
(Photo : Summerhill Stud)
“OF AMERICAIN, XAVIER AND NATHALIE BOZO”
The 150th running of the Melbourne Cup was watched with more than passing interest by a number of us with Mooi River connections just after 06H00 this morning, as French stayer, Americain, won by a convincing two-and-three-quarter lengths, defeating short-priced favourite and “Cup” Hero, Bart Cummings-trained So You Think.
The 6-year-old stormed home under a perfect ride by international jockey, Frenchman Gerald Mosse, a victory which saw the successful culmination of a plan to raid Down Under hatched on a truly global scale. The deal to purchase Americain by Australians Gerry Ryan and Kevin Bamford was sealed under a tree, which was the only spot with a decent mobile phone signal, on the farm Spring Water Farm, owned by Summerhill’s friends and neighbours, French bloodstock agent and breeders Xavier andNathalie Bozo. In a delighted Nathalie’s words this morning “it happened under good stars!” Félicitations Xavier!
Americain’s French trainer, Alain de Royer-Dupre, whose list of major racing achievements includes the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, agreed to the raid Down Under, and produced a smooth race prep with a victory in the Group 3 Geelong Cup during October. The rest, as they say, is history!
EMIRATES MELBOURNE CUP (GR1)
Alain de Royer-Dupre
Michael Wayne & John Hawkes
SO YOU THINK
Murray and Bjorn Baker