Americain perfect for Cup defence

Americain perfect for Cup defenceMelbourne Cup favourite Americain is in “perfect” order for a repeat performance of his 2010 victory and his owner is looking forward to landing the big race trifecta.

The Australian-owned, French-trained galloper drew barrier 15 in tomorrow’s six million dollar race, but connections are unconcerned, declaring the horse to be in better shape than he was 12 months ago.

Part-owner GERRY RYAN says the girls looking after him say he’s perfect, in the best condition he’s ever been in, and the barrier draw doesn’t matter.