Bivouac claims Godolphin’s Everest slot, Trekking also in the mix for a start
The Group One Newmarket Handicap winner Bivouac is to occupy the Godolphin “slot” in next month’s AU$15 million The Everest with jockey Glen Boss to renew his association with the star sprinter.
Announcing the decision Godolphin’s Australian managing director Vin Cox said last year’s Everest minor placegetter Trekking could also line up in the world’s richest turf race at Randwick on Saturday, 17 October.
“Bivouac is a proven G1 sprinter with a magnificent profile that we are keen to build on,” Cox said.
“He’s a very exciting racehorse who we expect will be an outstanding addition to our stallion roster next year.
“Glen Boss rode him in his Newmarket victory earlier this year in what was Bivouac’s highest-rating win and we’re delighted to have him back on in the Everest.”
The booking gives Boss the opportunity to win consecutive runnings of the race, having been successful last year on Yes Yes Yes.
While Bivouac enters the race in the slot owned by Godolphin, Trekking has sparked interest from a number of other slot holders who have yet to choose a runner to represent them.
The dual-G1 winner grabbed plenty of attention with his first-up second placing in the G1 AJ Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley last Friday.
Cox said arrangements were yet to be finalised for a place in the 12-horse field for Trekking, but with interest high among the holders of vacant slots, it is expected the six-year-old would get his chance to improve on his third placing behind Yes Yes Yes in 2020.
Trainer James Cummings said the prospect of having two runners in the Everest was something to savour.
“To have one horse chosen to run in a race like this is a big achievement, to have two is something that only comes through a lot of great work by a lot of people,” Cummings said.
“He’s a dominant G1 winner of the Newmarket Handicap as a three-year-old, his Golden Rose win last spring set him apart.”
“Trekking came from last to run and incredible third in last year’s Everest and at Moonee Valley the other night he produced the highest rating first-up effort of his life.”
Godolphin has had three Everest runners since the race’s inauguration in 2017, with Osborne Bulls finishing third in 2018 and Trekking achieving the same result last year.