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In the meantime, Cummings and Bowman would love to combine for a victory with Bivouac in the group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) on Saturday in what Bowman labelled ”the race of the year”.

Such is the quality of the Randwick sprint with Loving Gaby, Pierata, Redzel, Nature Strip, Santa Ana Lane and possibly Godolphin stablemate and Everest place-getter Trekking, Bowman said: “It probably is the race of the year to be honest.

“Bivouac ran a career-best race in the Newmarket, and I don’t think he was too disappointing [last start] at Moonee Valley where he was expected to win and he was beaten by an exceptional filly in Loving Gaby, whose record at Moonee Valley is extraordinary.

Nature Strip winning in Melbourne during the spring.

Nature Strip winning in Melbourne during the spring.
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“It’s one of those tracks where some horses really thrive and she was able to control us.

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“It will be a completely different kettle of fish at Randwick.

“Bivouac has natural speed, he’s a real fighter, he’s a dual group 1-winner already and goes well on any ground.

“I also like the fact it will be high-pressure race because I think that will suit him.”

Cummings made a point of rushing Bivouac back from Melbourne straight after the William Reid Stakes for fear of being trapped south of the border because of coronavirus.

As the Godolphin boss gives thought to starting Trekking, with Josh Parr booked to ride, and to a lesser extent Microphone, Bivouac, a $5 joint favourite for the TJ Smith with Santa Ana Lane and Nature Strip, was easily the global stable’s best hope.

“He’s just a really good horse,” Cummings said.

“He’s not at his best at Moonee Valley, and the last time he raced at Randwick it was 12 months ago and he won the Kindergarten well.

“We haven’t ruled out running him a fifth time [this campaign] in the All Aged. It’s not impossible, but he’s ‘all chips in’ for the TJ.”

Bowman also partners Kolding in the Doncaster Mile and expected a much better effort than what was dished up at Flemington in the All-Star Mile.

“I have’t had a great deal to do with him in recent times, with the exception of riding him the other day, but that horse can not go the Melbourne way,” Bowman said.

Expect Kolding to bounce back at his preferred Randwick in the Doncaster with Hugh Bowman.

Expect Kolding to bounce back at his preferred Randwick in the Doncaster with Hugh Bowman.
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“I’m not saying he’ll win the Doncaster, but I expect a huge improvement on what we saw in Melbourne.

“He’s also won the Epsom and he won the Golden Eagle [over 1500m at Randwick].”

Bowman said King’s Legacy for Team Snowden had become the ”forgotten horse” in the Sires Produce and did well first-up in the Golden Slipper over a distance he was not suited to.

Cummings’ own assault on the Doncaster could feature Cascadian, who won Saturday’s Prelude in the final stride, Tally if he sneaks a start, Best Of Days and potentially Flit, who could yet be saved a week for the Arrowfield Sprint.

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