Bivouac second in $15 million Australian sprint
Bivouac confirmed his place among the top echelon of Australian sprinters when he produced a typically courageous performance to finish second in The Everest, the world’s richest turf race, at Randwick on Saturday, 17 October.
The winner of two G1s last season, Bivouac came from well back at the 300m to finish 2-1/2 lengths behind Classique Legend.
Godolphin’s second runner, Trekking, also a dual G1 winner, ran up to his best form to take fourth place, three lengths from the winner.
The placing was the third in the $15 million race for head Australian trainer James Cummings and the local Godolphin team.
While consolation was difficult to extract, the significance of the effort can be measured by the $2.4 million Bivouac earned for running, a figure that more than doubling his lifetime earnings.
“I’m proud of how both our horses ran and how the team prepared them, it gives us even more desire to win it next year,” Cummings said.
For jockey Glen Boss, the result followed his victory in the 2019 renewal aboard Yes Yes Yes.
“My horse was outstanding,” Boss said.
“Full credit to the winner. I followed him and he put 3 lengths on me when I was quickening,” he said.
“We couldn’t have beaten him today.”
Trekking’s rider Josh Parr also praised his horse.
“What a fantastic effort from him again,” Parr said.
“He is an underrated sprinter who just keeps performing at the highest level.”
The Everest performance followed the victory of the talented colt Endanger who produced a stunning effort to win the Listed Gothic Stakes at Caulfield.
Endanger, trained by Anthony and Sam Freedman, made up several lengths over the final 100m to win by a half length from Osamu, the effort suggesting more important wins are ahead.
The win took Endanger’s record to two wins and a third from his only three starts.