Melbourne Cup champion Americain dies after breaking leg in paddock accident

Racing is in mourning after 2010 Melbourne Cup winner Americain suffered a tragic accident.Melbourne Cup champion Americain has died, aged 17, after a freak paddock accident.The 2010 Cup winner, who served multiple seasons at stud before his retirement last year, was a star stayer of his generation, winning eight of 22 starts and $6.9m prizemoney.Americain won the Geelong Cup first-up in Australia and returned a fortnight later to beat Maluckyday and So You Think in the great race at Flemington.He was unlucky not to defend the Cup crown the following year, defying a wide run to finish fourth behind Dunaden, Red Cadeaux and Lucas Cranach.Successful owners Gerry Ryan and Kevin and Colleen Bamford raced the French-bred Americain.Americain was humanely euthanised after breaking his leg in a freak paddock accident.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.Originally published as Melbourne Cup champion Americain dies after breaking leg in paddock accident