Godolphin’s star entire Bivouac stepped out for his second trial at Randwick on Tuesday morning as James Cummings tries to get him to The Everest next month.
But did a mare upstage him?
Jockey Hugh Bowman said publicly on the weekend that Bivouac was the horse he wanted to ride in the $15 million race and he wasn’t about to change that view after the star sprinter’s winning trial.
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Hugh Bowman was impressed by Bivouac’s trial win at Randwick. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
It was run over 1050m and Bivouac sat just off Mizzy for much of it before opening up to win by two lengths. He covered the trip in 1:03.63 with the final 600m completed in 33.59 seconds.
“He went over a bit further today and trialled really well,” Bowman said.
“I would have liked them go a bit quicker and sit off them until the 200m and let him rip but it was a slowly run heat so I had to let him build into it. I had to keep his mind on the job for the last 100m but he’s ready to race.”
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Bivouac may have won the trial but the horse punters should take not of is Libertini.
She was trucking in behind the speed and was doing it effortlessly under Tommy Berry as she strode into third place.
She didn’t quite come up last preparation for Anthony Cummings and he spelled her after two below par runs but she looks to have come back in fantastic fashion.
Libertini ran a close third behind Exceedance and Bivouac in last year’s Coolmore Stud Stakes and Cummings has always thought he could win a few Group 1s with her.
Bivouac is a $15 chance for The Everest but after Tuesday’s trial the $51 about Libertini looks well over the odds.
Libertini (left) produced an eye-catching run behind Bivouac at the trials. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Farnan firmed in to $2.80 for Saturday’s Run to the Rose at Rosehill after opening up as a $3 favourite for the star-studded race. Farnan should be accompanied by the likes of Rothfire ($4.50), North Pacific ($5), Mamaragan ($8), Peltzer ($8), Anders ($8) and King’s Legacy ($11) in the 1200m sprint.
In breeding news, Group 1-winning mare Loving Gaby will visit Pierata in the breeding barn this season.
NSW trainers Kim Waugh and Gary Portelli hit out at Racing Victoria’s plans to ban the use of the whip unless it’s a safety measure.
No trainers or jockeys were consulted which is the main gripe.
“Racing Victoria have just opened up a can of worms,” Waugh tweeted. “A slap down the shoulder can get them concentration and back on track.”
Portelli said many owners would move their horses in NSW if the proposed changes get through.
Originally published asBrilliant Bivouac ready to launch Everest bid
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