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Coolmore Stud Stakes Tips - Biv to whack em’

Bivouac (PA Images)

Saturday’s Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) has attracted a stellar field of 11 colts and geldings and four fillies who are set to battle for $1.5 million in prizemoney as well as lucrative breeding deals for most. 

On benchmark (BM) figures, there are two standouts that just keep performing at an exceptionally high level, and that pair are Bivouac and Exceedance. 

Both ran around 10.5 lengths above BM last start and have consistently done so for three starts in a row which is a fantastic feat for a young horse to be so consistent at such a high level. 

Bivouac in particular went 13.9 lengths above BM when defeating subsequent The Everest (1200m) winner Yes Yes Yes in the Run To The Rose (1200m) and he then went 11.2 lengths above BM when winning the Golden Rose (1400m). 

He then had no luck in the Manikato Stakes (1200m) at The Valley when held up for a run behind Loving Gabby, yet he still went 10.7 lengths above BM and clearly should have gone around three lengths quicker. 



That tells me he didn’t train off as some thought could happen with him being so deep into his campaign, and if trainer James Cummings is backing him up into this race, then I’m trusting he is still where he needs to be to be winning. 

I think he’s a better horse over 1200m, and he just needs to get a crack at them to be winning. 

Last start, the Manikato was run at a frantic pace early (8.3 lengths above BM to the 600m), and this is what brought Bivouac unstuck from the inside gate. 

I can’t see them going anywhere near that quick here, and he should get every chance from up on the speed with Hugh Bowman jumping back aboard. 

It’s always been said you need a good 1400m horse to win a 1200m sprint down the Flemington straight, and although I think Bivouac is a better 1200m horse at this stage of his career, he does have the fitness and 1400m figures to be strongest late. 

Exceedance does loom as the main danger, but I’m confident Bivouac has the power to deliver a knockout blow. 


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