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Star colt Bivouac winning the Lonhro Plate

Do me a favour please: read carefully the very next paragraph.

‘The Registrar of Racehorses reserves the right to register or not register a name which is the same or similar to another name based on factors including but not limited to the age and sex of both horses, the likelihood that the horses’ race careers could overlap, past race performance, breeding status, the number of years since the horse had its last race start and the degree of similarity between the names.’

That is an exact copy of a bylaw within the Registrar of Racehorses here in Australia.

It means that things like Soul and Sole cannot be registered as racehorse names at the same time because they are too similar in sound.

One can, but not the other.

Soooo, with all this in mind we look at today’s low-key race meeting at Grafton in NSW.

And specifically, race 4, on at 3:05pm.

There is a mare in the field named Bivawack – she is top weight in fact.

As a racehorse she is pretty slow, having raced twice already.

That of course is not the point of this story, nor is the fact Bivawack isn’t even a word. But just say the word out loud as you read this please. Biv-a-wack.

Ok, come Golden Slipper time in a few weeks, we will see a colt of immense talent parade his stuff. He looks a Slipper contender, if not that than at least an ATC Gr 1 Sires’ Produce hope.

His name is Bivouac and he is owned by Godolphin.

The way you say/pronounce that word is Biv-a-wack.

What the!….Reread the 2nd paragraph again.

Not that these two will probably ever race each other, but he being a colt, and likely to win at Gr 1 level one day, they could meet up in the barn.

By Bivouac from Bivawack…what would it be called?

Baby Bivouac perhaps? But maybe that is too close to the parent’s name so the Registrar of Racehorses might not accept it.

Which is what should have happened when the Godolphin colt was being named.

He is btw, by Exceed and Excel from the mare Dazzler – so perhaps a much better name would have been Darren, or Beadman!

Darren isn’t available but Beadman still is. I say, let’s start a movement to have Godolphin rename their Bivouac colt to Beadman – honouring the great  Darren ‘the dazzler’ Beadman.

In the mean time though, good luck to the mare’s connections today at Quirindi. I hope she charges home from the back and wins at $101 for you.

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