Racing fans have been treated to a buffet of elite performances by this season's crop of three-year-olds and at Flemington on Saturday Bivouac stamped himself at the top of the tree with a crushing win in the Newmarket Handicap.
Beating fellow three-year-old Loving Gaby into second, the Godolphin colt – with Glen Boss on board – destroyed his rivals to claim his second group 1 comfortably, and his first against the older horses.
Glen Boss steers Bivouac to victory in the Newmarket Handicap at Flemington on Saturday.Credit:Getty Images
Rival Exceedance just held on for sixth, but failed to make an impression first-up, while Lightning Stakes winner Gytrash underlined his credentials to run third over the 1200 metres.
Boss had the pleasure of riding Yes Yes Yes to victory in The Everest and he again lived up to his reputation as a big-time jockey, adding the $1.25 million race to his season haul.
"Just going to the barriers, I knew he was a winner," Boss said.
"You can just tell when they're on, colts. He went down to the barriers like he meant business. I grew in confidence just going to the barriers.
"That was ridiculous how easily he won. He gave me a lovely ride and it's very rare against that quality of opposition you'd think you could walk away and have a victory that easily."
Boss said he relished the group 1 pressure.
"I just love these moments, I really do," he said.
"I get quite nervous before the event but it's great nerves. I love to feel the nerves because it still means a lot to me.
Glen Boss is all smiles after his Newmarket Handicap win.Credit:AAP
"I just love riding great colts. We lost Yes Yes Yes [to retirement] but to be able to get myself on the back of this colt and feel the power and feel the speed, it was just immense."
Godolphin Australia's managing director Vin Cox said Bivouac deserved his star status.
"It's an elite crop of three-year-olds and he's on top of them. To win as dominant as he has in a Newmarket Handicap, it's pretty special," Cox said.
"He's a son of Exceed And Excel, he's a very exciting prospect.
"The TJ [Smith] is a weight-for-age six-furlong race, it's an obvious target for him but we'll sit down and have a yarn about it.
"People have asked, ‘will [you] take him to Royal Ascot'? We'd love to take him ultimately. Whether it's this year or next year, we don't know."
Craig Williams, jockey on Loving Gaby, lamented the inside gate which saw her come down the middle of the track.
"She was awesome in defeat," he said.
"The low draw was a disadvantage compared to the winner. The winner was too good for us today in the end, but he still had a few more favours than we did. Take nothing away from my filly, she's flying."
Meanwhile, Dwayne Dunn said Exceedance got in an awkward spot in the first part of the race and was forced to change tack, but might have finished closer if the race panned out a bit better.
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