Bivouac Firms in Oakleigh Plate 2020 Betting: Field & Odds Update

February 21, 2020

Bivouac Firms in Oakleigh Plate 2020 Betting: Field & Odds Update

The Godolphin-raced Bivouac returns to racing this weekend in the 2020 Oakleigh Plate with betting on the short distance feature dominated by the Group 1 winning three-year-old.

Bivouac. Photo: Steve Hart.

Golden Rose winner Bivouac returns to racing as favourite in the 2020 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield this weekend. Photo: Steve Hart.

Punters are treated to a triple shot of elite level racing at Caulfield on Saturday including the sprinters doing battle in the Group 1 $500,000 Neds Oakleigh Plate (1100m).

There is a capacity field of 18 in the mix with the emergency Vainstream (1) getting a run from the inside alley following the early scratching of the widely drawn I Am Immortal (18).

Sitting top of the Oakleigh Plate odds online through Ladbrokes.com.au at $2.70 and firming is the James Cummings-trained Exceed And Excel colt Bivouac.

The gun youngster is drawn ideally with a midfield gate seven barrier with Craig Williams booked for the first-up ride.

Bivouac has won five of his 11 starts to date and has a stellar record over the 1100m distance of the Oakleigh Plate with three wins and a second from four runs.

Winner of the Group 2 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill last September defeating subsequent The Everest winner Yes Yes Yes (2nd) and Exceedance (3rd).

Exceedance turned the tables in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) defeating Bivouac home narrowly down the Flemington straight on November 2.

That was Bivouac’s last start but a subsequent barrier trial win at Rosehill has brought him on fitness-wise for his return this weekend.

First-up at the same track and distance last August Bivouac blitzed his rivals by over four lengths in the Group 3 Vain Stakes (1100m).

This is tougher but he looks a genuine hope ticking plenty of boxes for his test against the older horses on Blue Diamond Day.

“His first-up win in the Vain Stakes here in the spring was exceptional and the form stood up,” Cummings told the media this week.

“I was very happy with his trial win at Rosehill a few weeks ago and a jump out in Melbourne last Friday has him primed and ready.”

Despite the size of the field, just two other runners are currently under double figures in the latest Oakleigh Plate markets with Anaheed ($5.50) and the market mover Pippie ($11 into $87.50).

Prepared by Peter & Paul Snowden who won the race in 2018 with Russian Revolution, smart Fastnet Rock filly Anaheed is another three-year-old getting the love from the punters.

She is a two-time winner from three previous starts at the Caulfield track including her impressive victory-up victory in the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100) a fortnight back.

Lankan Rupee (2014) was the last horse to complete the Rubiton Stakes – Oakleigh Plate double Anaheed is out to emulate this season.

The handicap conditions see the filly come back from 54kg to the 51kg lightweight and with nothing on her back, fitter for her Rubiton run and a draw that will keep her out of trouble (15) there is a lot to like about Anaheed in the Oakleigh Plate.

Pippie is drawn one on her inside (14), the John & Chris Meagher-trained Written Tycoon mare chasing her fifth win at start number nine.

She won the Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m) here last August and races for the first time since her second at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Undefeated fresh (2:2-0-0), Pippie is a lightly raced and weighted progressive type who will be up on the pace early.

Other notable hopes include the 58kg topweight veteran Ball Of Muscle ($26) and the ultra-consistent Rubiton Stakes runner-up Bold Star ($14).

Click here for the latest Oakleigh Plate 2020 odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 Oakleigh Plate Field & Barriers

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 1x19x3022x BALL OF MUSCLE Joseph Pride Glyn Schofield 13 58kg 109
2 1100x1336x ZOUTORI Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Jamie Kah 2 56kg 105
3 41x121162x BIVOUAC James Cummings Craig Williams 7 55.5kg 110
4 1320x1487x FAATINAH David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 5 55.5kg 104
5 025x2255x4 BONS AWAY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 12 55kg 103
6 3x657x1653 CRYSTAL DREAMER Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 9 55kg 103
7 1272x229x TROPE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 6 52.5kg 98
8 10x180x133 ALL TOO ROYAL Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Michael Dee 10 52kg 95
9 445x11360x ANJANA Lindsey Smith Zac Spain 17 52kg 84
10 2116×11212 BOLD STAR Gordon Richards Daniel Moor 8 52kg 97
11 38x17219x6 FINE DANE John Moloney Beau Mertens 11 52kg 87
12 x41259x111 HALVORSEN Robbie Griffiths Dean Yendall 4 52kg 97
13 1466x116x5 HUMMA HUMMA John McArdle William Pike 3 52kg 99
14 2918×92332 MYSTYKO (NZ) Trevor Rogers Dean Holland 16 52kg 93
15 127x11102x PIPPIE John & Chris Meagher Ms Linda Meech 14 52kg 97
16 61x93513x1 ANAHEED Peter & Paul Snowden Tim Clark 15 51kg 105
17 117x7x2 I AM IMMORTAL Anthony Freedman Damien Thornton 18 50kg 89
18 1130×2 FREE OF DEBT Chris Bieg Craig Newitt 19 50kg 88
19e 4×39071523 VAINSTREAM John Pascoe Anthony Darmanin 1 52kg 80

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