Godolphin trainer James Cummings has declared Saturday’s $1.5 million Group 1 Darley Sprint Classic (1200m) at Flemington “the perfect target race” for his star sprinter Bivouac.
The Exceed And Excel stallion has not won since his last visit to the Flemington straight when becoming the 47th three-year-old to win Australia’s biggest sprinting handicap – the Newmarket Handicap on March 7.
Bivouac presents third-up on Saturday having placed in his two runs behind Australia’s best short courser Classique Legend in the Group 2 The Shorts before the fourth running of the $15 million The Everest where the Godolphin galloper was the second runner to pass the post.
Newmarket Handicap-winning jockey Glen Boss retains the ride aboard Bivouac on Saturday and the four-year-old is the $3.70 favourite with TAB.com.au.
Bivouac prior to his Newmarket Handicap win. Photo: AAP Image/Vince Caligiuri.Source:AAP
“It’s the perfect target race for him,” Cummings said “He’s a very good chance of winning this race.
“The timing is perfect, conditions should suit, he enjoys the straight and draw gives options.”
A two time Group 1 winner – one box Bivouac hasn’t ticked is a Group 1 weight-for-age race. A little over 12 months ago he was a victim of no luck in a Manikato Stakes and was third around The Valley in the William Reid Stakes earlier this year.
“It’s not going to chip away at the performances he already has on the board, a win in the Golden Rose and a win in the Newmarket Handicap or even his second placings in The Everest or the Coolmore (Stud Stakes) last year,” he said.
“What we can do is to add value with another win and it will add further justification to keeping him in work for another season.
“He’s run one-two in The Everest. If you run one-two in an Everest I think you can safely say you got it right keeping him in work as a four-year-old in what could be argued is the world’s best sprint race.”
Bivouac and Glen Boss win the Newmarket Handicap. Photo: Kelly Defina/Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
Saturday is likely to be Bivouac’s last run of 2020 but the new year could see the talented sprinter join Classique Legend in campaigning internationally.
“Yes, he’d be a chance,” Cummings said in response to being asked about an international campaign.
“That’s a discussion the team will have after the preparation.
“We’re not going to get ahead of ourselves but that is a consideration after this preparation.”
Races like the King’s Stand Stakes and Diamond Jubilee Stakes during the Royal meeting at Ascot and the July Cup have been British targets of Australian horses in past years.
Originally published asBivouac at the top of his game for Group 1 target
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