Swettenham Stud stallion Americain (USA) has entered quarantine before flying out for his second Kentucky book at Calumet Farm.
Americain left Nagambie on Sunday for the Eastern Creek facility in Sydney.
“He covered over 150 mares in his first book here,” Swettenham owner Adam Sangster said. “I’m certain he will develop into a real asset for the Victorian breeding industry.”
Americain’s victory in the 150th Melbourne Cup – against one of strongest international fields in history – has also helped lift the profile of Nagambie. A magnificent looking stallion, he has appeared on National TV and in numerous promotions for newspapers and magazines since retiring to Swettenham.
“It gives the local community a boost,” Sangster explained. “Just like the Black Caviar statue that was unveiled here in October.”
The Americain shareholders have also helped with a free service as a prize for the Swettenham Stud Summer Championship that starts at Caulfield on Boxing Day.
Americain’s arrival in Kentucky will coincide with his first northern hemisphere foals. First in the queue is Group 2 Hollywood Park winner Raw Gold (Rahy). She is due on January 10.
World-renowned Calumet Farm is owned by Fortune 400 businessman Brad Kelley. He supported Americain in 2013 and will increases those numbers next year with mares he intends to purchase at the Keeneland January Sale.