Americain's owners buy another Cup hope
06:10 AEST Wed Dec 12 2012

Americain's owners will travel to the United States this week to see the horse they hope will be their next Melbourne Cup winner.

As 2010 Cup winner Americain prepares for his first season at stud in Kentucky, Kindergarten Kid runs in Saturday's Hollywood Turf Cup on Saturday.

Kevin and Colleen Bamford, who raced Americain in partnership with Gerry and Val Ryan, will travel to California on Friday and meet with the trainer of their new acquisition.

"We're going over on Friday and we will sit down with the trainer (Peter Miller) on Friday night and then go to the races Saturday and see how he goes," Colleen Bamford told

"He'll probably go for a little spell after that. The weather should be nice in California, nicer than it is in England, so he'll probably have a little spell there while we work out the plan.

"We've had him for a couple of months and the day after we bought him he won and then he ran in the Breeders Cup (Turf, 2400m).

"He ran sixth, but they ran a record and he was last into the straight, so in terms of looking at him running over a distance he went pretty well.

"With a little bit of luck we may even have another Melbourne Cup runner next year with him."

Americain left Australia on Tuesday and the Bamfords will check on him in California before he travels to Kentucky on Sunday where he joins the stallion roster at Calumet Farm.

He is expected to return to Australia for the southern hemisphere season but a stud has not yet been announced.

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