Darley Sprint Classic Wrap
1st: Bivouac (G Boss/J Cummings)
2nd: Nature Strip (H Bowman/C Waller)
3rd: Libertini (D Oliver/A Cummings)
Winning Time: 1:08.69 Last 600m: 34.17
Margins: 3¼L x Head
“These are special moments. When I retire I’ll look back at these moments.”- Glen Boss
Godolphin’s gifted sprinter Bivouac has continued his exceptional form down the ‘straight six’ to land an explosive victory in the Group One Darley Sprint Classic (1200m).
Having won the Seppelt Wines Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington in dominant fashion earlier this year, Bivouac showed just as much arrogance with his win in today’s feature sprint to defeat last year’s victor Nature Strip by three-and-a-quarter lengths. The Anthony Cummings-trained Libertini finished off well for third.
Trained by James Cummings and ridden by Glen Boss, Bivouac adds his name to a remarkable honour roll that boasts the likes of Black Caviar, Buffering and Redzel, just in the past decade.
Boss, who brings up his 88th Group One victory, said it was an honour to be able to sit on another sensational colt.
“I’m getting towards the pointy end of my career, but to be here at Flemington and win a race over the fours day, is extraordinary. When I retire I’ll look back at these moments. To think that I got on a colt like this, and get the job done it is so special,” Boss said.
“I’m very privileged to be sitting on this very good colt. Everyone knows how many good colts I’ve been associated with in my career and this one is right up there with them, I’ll tell you. He’s a very special animal.”
Godolphin’s Sean Keogh said the colt’s relaxed temperament has been a key factor to his Group One successes.
“He’s got an extremely good nature and that’s why we see him racing as a four-year-old. He’s just come back in great condition and he’s got the temperament to go with it. When we see him in a race with the pace like that it was very easy for Glen to switch the horse off and we could see his turn-of-foot late.”