xavier and nathalie bozo
xavier and nathalie bozo

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!

Americain is the first French-trained Melbourne Cup winner, and only the 4th international winner in the history of the Melbourne Cup. He’s by Dynaformer (Roberto), out of the Irish mare America.

EMIRATES MELBOURNE CUP (GR1)

FINAL RESULT

Position

#

Horse

Jockey

Trainer

1st

8

AMERICAIN

Gerald Mosse

Alain de Royer-Dupre

2nd

24

MALUCKYDAY

Luke Nolen

Michael Wayne & John Hawkes

3rd

3

SO YOU THINK

Steven Arnold

Bart Cummings

4th

4

ZIPPING

Nicholas Hall

Robert Hickmott

5th

12

HARRIS TWEED

Brad Rawiller

Murray and Bjorn Baker

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