Bivouac, ridden by Glen Boss, wins the 2020 Newmarket Handicap (Image: Racing Photos)
Bivouac's unplaced performance in last Saturday's Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes wasn't the swansong that Godolphin officials would have desired but attention has already turned towards his career as a stallion.
Bivouac, a son of Exceed and Excel, finished fifth of nine starters in the $2.5 million 1200-metre sprint, holding his ground in midfield without threatening last season's Australian Horse of the Year Nature Strip.
"It's not the Bivouac we were expecting," trainer James Cummings told RSN927.
Bivouac joins the European trio of Earthlight, Pinatubo and Ghaiyyath as new recruits on Darley's Australian roster ahead of the 2021 breeding season.
An announcement on Bivouac's service fee for his first year at stud is imminent with discussions advanced.
"I think he's capable of following in the footsteps of Exceed And Excel himself," Cummings said. "His best son on the racetrack and hopefully he is his best son at stud."
Bivouac was recognised as the world's champion sprinter and Australia's champion three-year-old after wins in the G1 Golden Rose (1400m) and G1 Seppelt Wines Newmarket Handicap (1200m).
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His third and final Group 1 win came as a four-year-old in the $1.5m Darley Sprint Classic (1200m) at the expense of Nature Strip last November.
Darley's Australian roster provides breeders with a fresh offering of stallions who were all champions on the racetrack as the breeding giant seeks a baton change from proven commodities Lonhro and Exceed And Excel, the latter producing his highest-priced yearling last week, a $2.1 million colt at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.
Bivouac's feats are well known to Australians and is sure to be among the dearest on Darley's roster when announced.
Fees for 2019 champion European two-year-old Pinatubo ($44,000 inc GST), last year's highest-rated horse in the world Ghaiyyath ($27,500 inc GST) and 2019 champion French two-year-old Earthlight ($22,000 inc GST) were released last week.
The quartet join 2018/19 champion Australian two-year-old Microphone, 2018 champion European two-year-old Too Darn Hot and Blue Point, only the third horse in a century to win both open-aged sprints at Royal Ascot, who all had their first season for Darley Australia last year.