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Bivouac set for Oakleigh Plate

Group 1-winning colt Bivouac impressed in his jumpout at Flemington on Friday morning ahead of the G1 Oakleigh Plate (1000m) at Caulfield next Saturday.

Having won the G1 Golden Rose (1400m) last campaign and finished second in the G1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m), trainer James Cummings has more goals to achieve on the track before retiring Bivouac to stud.

"His first-up target is an important one and we'll be able to make a solid assessment after that," Cummings said.

"We've ensured he's quite forward first-up as we did last preparation and we were quite pleased to see him this morning, he trialled really well."

Bivouac was allowed to find his feet through the early parts of the jumpout, before showing his class when circling the field as they approached the line.

"The Oakleigh Plate is next weekend and he didn't need to do too much out there today," he added.

"He (Craig Williams) was delighted with the horse, so it looks like he's ready to go and at the moment everything is going to plan."

When asked about any potential race targets this preparation, Cummings kept his cards close to his chest.

"We've got a bit of an idea where we'd like to see the horse head, it's not about running him too often, we'll just pick his mark and feel our way with him," Cummings said.

"We like the fact that he's still got that willing nature about him and he's happy to be back in, you saw him this morning, he's full of energy and that's how we need him right on the eve of his first run."

While being extremely effective over the sprint distances, having matured physically and mentally, Cummings didn't rule out the possibility of stretching his talented colt out over further ground.

"He's a very athletic colt and we like to see that he doesn't carry too much condition," he said.

"He's got a lot of scope about him this time in and it wouldn't be impossible for him to get over further than six furlongs again."

 

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