Bivouac retires to stud: World Champion Sprinter heads to Kelvinside

The three-time G1 winner concludes successful racing career a ‘happy and sound horse’

Bivouac retires from a successful racing career a ‘happy and sound horse’, celebrating a career that spanned from ages two to four. He accumulated seven victories, all at Stakes level, including three G1s, and was awarded World Champion Sprinter of 2020 and crowned Champion three-year-old.

While his place as the highest-rated short-course runner of the year on the official world rankings is a suitable honour, numbers alone fail to capture the greatness of a horse whose best performances were breathtakingly dominant.

A multiple Stakes winner at two and triumphant against the best of his age as a spring three-year-old, Bivouac converted his two and three-year-old promise into open-class stardom. He went from beating his peers Yes Yes Yes and Exceedance in the G1 Golden Rose to defeating the top weight-for-age sprinters in the country up the famous Flemington straight not once, but twice in G1 events.

His wins against Loving Gaby and Gytrash in the G1 Newmarket Handicap and Nature Strip and Libertini in the G1 Darley Sprint Classic were the performances of a world champion sprinter, a horse who clearly has the ability to emanate his illustrious sire at stud.

A son of Darley’s inimitable Exceed And Excel, Bivouac retires as the best by a sire who has had more than 180 Stakes winners.

“He’s telling us that he’s now ready to head off to stud,” said trainer James Cummings who on Monday described Bivouac as retiring a 'sound and happy horse'.

“Everything that he achieved is the hallmark of an absolute superstar and I think he’s capable of following in the footsteps of Exceed And Excel himself,” he said. “He was his best son on the racetrack and hopefully he becomes his best son at stud.”

“Bivouac was lightning quick, tractable, and possessed an amazing turn of foot. He has been an absolute pleasure to have in the stable and I am certainly going to look forward to training his progeny.”

Bivouac will be one of four new stallions joining Darley’s Australian roster for 2021, along with the European trio and former Godolphin stars Ghaiyyath, Pinatubo and Earthlight.

A fee will be announced at a later date.