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Bivouac second, Cascadian third in Flemington G1s

Mike Hedge

Godolphin’s G1-winning colt Bivouac produced another strong performance to finish a close second in the G1 Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington on Saturday, 2 November.

On a deteriorating track, and on a day of two G1 placings, Bivouac dashed clear at the 200m and had victory in his sights before Exceedance came with a late run on his inside to win by a long neck.

The result proved a good one for the ever-reliable Darley stallion Exceed And Excel, the sire of both the first and second placegetters.

Bivouac had twice beaten Exceedance this spring, but had in turn been beaten by the same horse at their only previous encounter on rain-affected ground.

Jockey Hugh Bowman described Bivouac’s run as “full of heart.”

“He was doing his best under hard riding and he just couldn’t give any more,” Bowman said.

Bivouac also appeared to put in a false stride 100m out, but Bowman said it hadn’t affected the result.

The former French-trained runner Cascadian added to the tally of G1 placings, finishing third in the Cantala Stakes.

In his best performance since transferring from Andre Fabre, Cascadian stormed home to take third place behind Fierce Impact and Fifty Stars.

The son of New Approach, who was having his fifth Australian start, had also been placed at G1 in the Prix Jean Prat at Deauville last year.

Trainer James Cummings said the performance hadn’t come as a surprise, despite the horse starting from a wide gate.

“He did a very good job from the widest gate and showed he’s a very good addition to our stable,” Cummings said.

In Sydney, the consistent Trekking maintained his good form with a second placing in the ungraded, but valuable, Redzel Stakes at Rosehill.

Trekking, a G1 winner in Brisbane last season, made good ground from the rear to be beaten a length by Pierata.

On the same card, the grand old campaigner Tally scored his 10th win when taking out the ungraded Rosehill Gold Cup.