Ask Glen Boss if he is excited about riding Bivouac in Saturday’s $15 million Everest and his reply is simple.
“Oh my god, yeah, yeah,” he said.
The champion hoop doesn’t mince his words when talking about the Goldolphin-trained sprinter ahead of Australia’s richest sprint race.
Put simply, he thinks the horse will run a huge race, despite being priced $12.
“He has got an undeniable chance,” Boss said.
“This colt is flying. He is a happy horse.
“Speaking to James (Cummings), he can’t wait for the weekend, so I’m looking forward to it.”
The four-year-old has drawn barrier 10 for Boss at Royal Randwick.
“When I rode him in the autumn, I said to James and the lads at Godolphin, that he would really furnish and make a beautiful spring colt,” Boss said.
“And he’s fully furnished now. He looks a real colt and is really athletic.
“His first-up run was awesome and you see with his profile he springs off that first-up run, his next one is huge.
“My bloke has beat them (the Everest contenders) all before. They’re coming from different angles … Nature Strip when he is on, he is nearly unbeatable, Classique Legend is the new kid on the block in a way, then you’ve got a couple of emerging (sprinters).
“I’m pretty confident with where I am. I know where my horse sits in the pecking order and it’s pretty high.”
Trainer James Cummings echoed Boss’ confidence in Bivouac.
“This horse is right where we want him. It’s now a matter of maintaining their fitness and, at the same time, preserving his freshness,” Cummings said.
“Glen (Boss) gave Bivouac the perfect barrier trial at Warwick Farm last Friday.
“He might have been overshadowed by Eduardo, who flew in his trial, but Bivouac took from his heat just what he needed and the horse has really gone ahead since.
“The Newmarket was his peak performance and it’s worth noting he had Gytrash, Libertini and Tofane behind him there.”
Meanwhile, Godolphin will also saddle up Trekking in The Everest, after he returned in the Group 1 Moir Stakes and has an impressive three wins from seven second-up starts.
“I like what I have seen from the horse since he has marched back to Osborne Park. His tough, seasoned demeanour allows him to switch between borders with ease,” Cummings said.
“Vin Cox enjoyed finalising the dealings with Neil Werrett, Max Whitby, Steve McCann and Colin Madden and a couple of those boys made it out to trackwork to help us put the finishing touches for their grand final.
“We can picture the horse getting a good run behind them and descending on them late in the piece to improve jockey’s already exceptional record on the horse (3: 1-0-1).
“In The Everest of 2019, Trekking went around as a 30-1 chance before finishing a slashing third. This year he will line up as a 10-1 shot, so what does that say?”