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20/3/202 Bivouac bids for a third G1 at Moonee Valley

Mike Hedge

Bivouac makes his bid for a third G1 title in Friday’s William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley off the peak performance of his career, and with a point to prove.

A contender for the title of Australia’s premier sprinter, Bivouac comes to the William Reid with his last start victory in the G1 Newmarket Handicap having confirmed his place among the top bracket and set him up for a future at stud alongside his sire Exceed And Excel.

The win also sits high on the list of highlights for his trainer James Cummings, but there remains a niggling issue to be put right.

“Not many trainers get to see their best horse produce its best performance in the way he did in the Newmarket,” Cummings said.

But Cummings is mindful of Bivouac’s last appearance at Moonee Valley when he finished a luckless sixth to Loving Gaby, the Newmarket runner-up, in the G1 Manikato Stakes.

“He worked nicely at Moonee Valley on Monday morning and he’s trained on sweetly since his crowning moment.”

Also at Moonee Valley on Friday night, the last start G3 winner La Tene steps up to 1,600m in the G3 Alexandra Stakes.

“She’s up to the mile for the first time which is the right move for her,” Cummings said.

“There was a lot to like about the way she got the job done at Caulfield on a day when she defied the trend and she’s ready to box on solidly again.”

In early betting markets Bivouac is $2.70 favourite, check out the latest feature races betting markets.