Godolphin trainer James Cummings says Saturday’s Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes has always been Bivouac’s autumn “bullseye” and victory on Saturday could see the stallion strutting his stuff on the international stage.
The three-time Group 1-winning sprinter it set to farewell the Australian racing scene at Randwick on Saturday but his performance will decide if the son of Exceed And Excel travels to Europe.
“His Easter weekend trackwork suggests a jaw-dropping effort is on the cards,” Cummings said.
“We simply couldn’t have him any better.”
“Circumstances haven’t been ideal in his two runs this campaign, but the TJ Smith has been his bullseye.
Physically he seems perfect. His attitude and demeanour show he is in a terrific frame of mind.
“Victory here in this autumn grand final would book this Australian equine jet a ticket to take on the world at Royal Ascot.”
Bivouac at trackwork at Godolphin’s private training establishment at Agnes Banks. Picture: Dylan RobinsonSource:News Corp Australia
Hugh Bowman replaces Glen Boss aboard Bivouac on Saturday and the four-year-old has been well supported in betting, firming from $6 into $4.80 with TAB Fixed Odds.
The latest in the Godolphin line of sprinting colts chasing an all-important Group 1 win is Golden Slipper runner-up Anamoe in the ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m).
“While the wide barrier condemned him to an impossible position at Rosehill, his run was that of a colt crying out for further,” Cummings said.
“He produced one of the runs of the day.
“He is a very athletic colt and we have always felt he would get stronger with racing.
“The 1400m of the ATC Sires’ Produce appears tailor-made.”
Anamoe is the TAB Fixed Odds $2.10 favourite for the ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes, a race Godolphin last won with Microphone in 2019.
Anamoe after winning the Todman Stakes. Picture: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Also a son of Exceed And Excel, Microphone commenced stud duties at Darley’s Hunter Valley property last season at a first-season fee of $38,500 including GST.
Meanwhile, the Godolphin stable will be chasing back-to-back wins in the Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m) with another daughter of Hallowed Crown, Flexible.
Last year the racing and breeding superpower unleashed Colette in the race before she went on to claim the Australian Oaks a week later, a feat the stable hope to replicate in 2021.
“She’s likely to strike a soft track which should be suitable,” Cummings said.
“She motored home late against older horses at her last start.
“The 2000m on Saturday will be a litmus test for her to follow in the footsteps of her similarly bred stablemate Colette.”
Flexible is the $4.80 favourite for the three-year-old fillies quality handicap on Saturday.
Originally published asUK trip the carrot for Bivouac’s TJ Smith assault
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