Americain... battling the bulge and taking longer to shed some excess weight. Photo: Supplied
IT IS well known that 2010 Melbourne Cup winner Americain enjoys his visits to Australia, but travelling partner Stephanie Nigge is concerned the stallion is enjoying his latest trip to Melbourne a little too much.
Onlookers have noticed that Americain is packing a little more weight than he was when last seen in Melbourne, and Nigge confirmed yesterday that the eight-year-old is battling the bulge and taking longer to shed some excess weight.
''He is 10 kilograms heavier here. I don't know if the scales here are very different to the scales at home, but he does look bigger. Maybe he is a bit too big at the moment,'' she said.
''He will go to Caulfield on Saturday to show him the track and have a gallop. We need to do a bit more work with him.''