Former Melbourne Cup winner Americain has passed after a freak accident at his paddock led to him being badly injured.
Americain won the race that stops a nation in 2010 and had served a number of years at stud before being retired last year. The Melbourne Cup winner had an imperious racing career as a stayer having won 8 of his 22 starts and achieving over $6m in prize money.
In 2010 Americain was able to head to the Melbourne Cup with a first up win in the Geelong Cup before traveling to Flemington two weeks later and defeat Maluckyday and So You Think to the win the world’s richest 3200m handicap.
The following season Americain was desperately unlucky not to defend his title as the french horse finished fourth behind Dunaden, Red Cadeaux and Lucas Cranach in the 2011 edition of the race.
Americain would have a third crack at the Melbourne Cup in 2012 and would finish unplaced with Green Moon winning the race.
Americain was humanely euthanised after breaking his leg in a freak accident at his paddock.
Swettenham Stud posted their condolences on Wednesday.
“Americain was a very special horse to so many people. A Melbourne Cup-winning hero who spent many years with us at Swettenham. Our thoughts are with the Bamford and Ryan families,” Swettenham tweeted.