By Nicholas Godfrey
Australia: Despite worries that COVID-19 protocols would mean an absence of long-range international visitors to Royal Ascot, Godolphin have revealed plans to target the Diamond Jubilee Stakes with star sprinter Bivouac.
Trained by James Cummings in Sydney, the four-year-old son of Exceed And Excel is set to chase his fourth G1 victory in TJ Smith Stakes at Randwick before being shipped to Europe in a bid to enhance his stallion credentials at Ascot.
“A tilt at Royal Ascot’s prestigious sprint is being eyed before he joins his champion sire in the breeding barn,” said a Godolphin press release.
Bivouac posted spectacular victories in both last year’s Newmarket Handicap and the Darley (VRC) Sprint Classic over the straight 6f at Flemington.
He will be retired to Kelvinside in the Hunter Valley; new sires Pinatubo, Ghaiyyath and Earthlight will also shuttle to Australia later this year.