It was a race that lived up to the hype with three crack colts fighting out the Golden Rose, but all honours to Bivouac, James Cummings and Hugh Bowmans.
Find out what the jockeys made of their mounts after the Group 1 De Bortoli WinesGolden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens.
Hugh Bowman (Bivouac): “He’s a lovely colt, his win at Caulfield first up put the writing on the wall, things didn’t go our way second up.
“Just the way he has progressed and developed as the preparation has gone on, it’s a credit to James [Cummings] and his team.
“He makes his own luck, the race set up well for us. That’s the beauty of horses like this, they make their own luck. There was plenty of quality in the stock behind him, but they’ve got to really lift to beat a horse like this.
“He thoroughly deserved it, he’s a Group 1 winning colt now and he’s still got plenty more in store I can assure you.”
Bivouac wins the Group 1 Golden Rose at Rosehill Gardens
Nash Rawiller (Yes Yes Yes): “I don’t think you’d ride a better race than that and get beaten. He ran super. I tried to put it to Hugh and just see if I could crack Bivouac late but he was just too good. But it was a two-horse war the last furlong and very proud of what my bloke was able to do.”
Tommy Berry (Exceedance): “Two good quality colts, they sprinted too well for me at the top of the straight again and my bloke lost a bit of concentration. Took him a good 100m but you see at the furlong he changes legs, attacks the line well. He’s going to be a better horse next prep, he’s still learning what it’s all about so he definitely wasn’t disappointing.”
Adam Hyeronimus (Yao Dash): “Fantastic run. He surged hard in the race and these horses are a lot more seasoned than him. Had a comfortable lead, travelled well, picked up nicely in the straight. Just got outsprinted by a couple of horses that are a little more seasoned than him but he’s going to be a very good horse.”
Josh Parr (Castelvecchio): “Back to the drawing board. There’s a few discussions to be had now.”
James McDonald (Kubrick): “He went okay. He’s just being a bit of a lad at the moment, he’s probably looking for a bit further. He put himself in a nice enough spot but they just quickened a little bit better than him.”
Tim Clark (Dawn Passage): “Much better performance. He switched off nice and I thought he found the line really well so back on track.”
Kerrin McEvoy (Prince Fawaz): “We ended up without any cover. I didn’t want to go back and be out of the race. I asked him to stretch and he just got a little bit outpaced. I thinks he’s wanting to go further in trip so look for him to improve out to the mile and further.”