4 Nov 2010

Cup winner could attempt France, Melbourne double

5:57 am on 4 November 2010

The Melbourne Cup winner Americain could attempt a unique Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe-Melbourne Cup double next year.

The prospect was flagged by french trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre at Tuesday night's post-Cup celebrations when he suggested the six-year-old could be good enough to give the trainer his third win in the Arc.

Gerry Ryan and his co-owner Kevin Bamford want Americain to run in next year's Melbourne Cup but will rely on Royer-Dupre to guide them with the horse.

Ryan concedes the logistics of running in the Arc and the Cup could prove difficult.

The Arc is run in September and Americain needs to do five weeks quarantine before the Melbourne Cup.

He says coming back and winning a second Melbourne Cup was important to him and Bamford and it would settle the tenancy issue of the $AU150,000 Melbourne Cup trophy.