Exceed And Excel Colt Bivouac Too Strong in Lonhro Plate
Mark Smith - Saturday February 9

The Godolphin juvenile train rolled on at Warwick Farm on Saturday when the Exceed And Excel colt Bivouac broke his maiden in the Listed Lonhro Plate (1100m).

With Blake Shinn in the saddle, Bivouac tracked the early speed set by Escape, Sylvia's Memory and the favourite Time For Reign who was hung out three wide and over-racing.

When the three leaders began to wilt Bivouac led the chasing pack and he was untroubled to defeat Cosmic Force (Deep Field) by a length with Graff's three-quarter sister Steel Diamond (Star Witness) a head back in third with Time For Reign a struggling fourth. (image Steve Hart).  

"I said to Blake to ride him a little bit like he did on Alizee the other day," Godolphin stable representative Darren Beadman said.

"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 had a lot of condition on him on the inside

"He a real little professional and gets the job done so you can't ask for any more than what he's done.

"It's nice to be able to win this race. I think the team has won four times in six years so it's been a great race for us and nothing gives us more pleasure than winning the Lonhro Plate."

A son of the winning More Than Ready (USA) mare Dazzler, Bivouac is a full-brother to Coruscate who was a 4-time winner and placed in the Group II ATC Skyline Stakes and Group III ATC Pago Pago Stakes and a three-quarter brother to Guelph the Champion 3YO Filly in Australia in 2013-14.

Dazzler is out of the Group 1 AJC Sires' Produce Stakes winner Camarilla (Elusive Quality) who besides Guelph is the dam of the Group II Todman Stakes winner and young stallion Ghibellines (Shamardal).

Dazzler has a filly foal by Medaglia D'Oro (USA) and was covered by Lonhro last spring.

Bivouac becomes the 155th stakes-winner for Darley Stud's flagship stallion Exceed And Excel who covered 76 mares at Darley Stud last spring at a fee of $82500 before departing on to his annual pilgrimage to the northern hemisphere.