For the fourth time out of six renditions the Godolphin stable won the $140,000, listed Lonhro Plate (1100m) at Warwick Farm, named after their senior sire, when Bivouac under Blake Shinn won well after stalking the early leaders.
The field of six two-year-old’s had a line of three down the riverside with Silvia’s Memory, Escaped and the $1.50 favourite Time To Reign across the track while Shinn waited behind with Bivouac for the turn for the main straight.
They stayed away from the rails into the straight but the wide passage made little difference to Bivouac who claimed the lead the moment Shinn allowed him to go.
From the 300m it was a matter of the rest sorting out the minors and at the line Bivouac was a length ahead of Cosmic Force (Deep Field) and Hugh Bowman with Steel Diamond (Star Witness) and Jason Collett third, the margin a long-head. Time For Reign was fourth.
Bivouac and Blake Shinn stride out, picture Sportpix.com.au
The time was 1.05.17 on the Heavy 9 rated track with the final 600m in 35.60. The track received 33mm of rain late on Friday afternoon from a heavy storm front that swept across the Sydney basin. The track was upgraded to a Soft 7 after the Lonhro Plate. Bivouac paid $6.00 on fixed odds and $6.40 on the tote.
Lonhro was ridden throughout his career by Darren Beadman and in his role now of stable representative for Godolphin he was very pleased to welcome Bivouac back to the winners stall.
“Gary’s horse (Time To Reign) was a little bit keen and I said to Blake to ride him like he rode Alizee the other day and to be fair after his run at Randwick the other day he blew the house down for about half an hour. He is only a light fellow, but he has a lot of condition on the inside and being on his home track he had a big advantage,” he said.
“He is a real little professional, he just gets the job done so you cannot ask any more than what the horse has done.
“But it is nice to be able to win this race. It has been a great race for us and nothing gives us more pleasure than winning this.
“He has not put a foot wrong since he has been in and he did everything right today and that will put him in good stead when the big races come on,” he said.
“It was a dominant win and he not only quickened really well, he had the race won at the top of the straight. It was a tremendous effort,” said Shinn.
It was the third start for Bivouac, by Exceed And Excel out of the More Than Ready mare Dazzler, and his maiden win after a second on debut and a last start third behind Dawn Passage, both at Randwick. He has now earned stakes of $127,500.
TAB.com.au brought Bivouac’s price for the Longines Golden Slipper (1200m) on March 23rd in from $101 into $51.00, while Time To Reign was pushed out from $11 to $26.
Darren Beadman, picture Sportpix.com.au
Lonhro Plate, photo finish picture ATC