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29/8/2019 Bivouac out to prove himself in G3 San Domenico

The strength of Bivouac’s winning return to racing will be put to the test when the colt runs second-up in Saturday’s G3 San Domenico Stakes at Rosehill.

Taken at face value, Bivouac’s first-up success at Caulfield two weeks ago, where he dominated another G3 field, was a first-class effort.

But trainer James Cummings is keen to see a repeat and hear the report of jockey Hugh Bowman who accompanied the colt at Caulfield and retains the ride here.

“As impressive as he appeared last start it was a small field like this one, but this looks a stronger race,” he said.

“They weren’t the A-graders first-up, but you couldn’t fault the way he won.”

Cummings is viewing the appearance of Subedar (Kerrin McEvoy) in the G3 Ming Dynasty Stakes in similar fashion.

The son of Sepoy has won his only two starts, graduating to city class last time out when he defeated older horses at Rosehill.

“He’s made a beautiful start to his career and it’s been a real pleasure to see him get up and get on with it,” Cummings said.

“He’s a three-year-old rising through the ranks and he fended off an older horse last time."

“I’d like to think he’ll be better off here against his own age.”

On the undercard to the G1 Memsie Stakes at Caulfield, Cummings will saddle Jorda (Damian Lane) in the G3 WW Cockram Stakes and Etymology (Ben Melham) in the Listed Heatherlie Stakes.

“Jorda might be having her swansong here and it would be good for her to go out with another win, which wouldn’t surprise,” Cummings said.

“She gets her preferred ground and is in good enough form.”

Etymology is second-up and would probably be better suited in a race longer than Saturday’s 1,700m.

“He made a sound return last start and raced very consistently winning three races last time in work, but he’d be better suited over a bit more ground.”

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