Slot Holder: Godolphin
Breeding: Exceed And Excel – Dazzler
Trainer: James Cummings
Jockey: Glen Boss
Bivouac will need to produce his absolute best to topple the best sprinters around in the TAB Everest and Godolphin is backing him to do it in their slot come October 17.
Godolphin’s managing director Vin Cox confirmed Bivouac will line up in the $15m TAB Everest (1200m) and he’ll be assisted by reigning Everest champion jockey Glen Boss.
The four-year-old is clearly the best credentialed sprinter Godolphin has taken to the Everest to date and Cox is confident trainer James Cummings can have him firing for the race.
“He is absolutely scintillating on his day no question,’’ Cox said.
“And we’re getting Glen Boss back on board and reuniting the Newmarket Handicap winning partnership, if we can replicate that on the day I think we will be hard to hold out in the Everest.
“It’s the pinnacle sprint race in the country these days and you need an absolute top performance, your best ever performance, to be winning a race like that.”
So far Godolphin has had three TAB Everest runners – Osborne Bulls ran third in 2018 while last year Trekking also finished third and Alizee, running in Godolphin’s slot, ran seventh.
Bivouac had his first start this spring for a gallant third, after racing wide, behind Classique Legend in the Group 2 Shorts (1100m) at Randwick on September 19.
As a two time Group 1 winner at three Bivouac could easily have been retired at the end of last season but there was a sense that he had more to prove on the racecourse.
Of course he defeated 2019 champ Yes Yes Yes in the Group 1 Golden Rose last spring then beat older horses when winning the Newmarket Handicap in the autumn, he also recorded Group 1 placings in the Coolmore Stud Stakes and William Reid.
“He has a very good profile and record already and it is a case of trying to build on that,’’ Cox said.
“An Everest would really cement his place in the sprinting ranks in Australia.”