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Top Performances of the 2020 Australian Horse Racing (4 - 1)

Last updated: 31 Dec 2020
Brodie Nickson 31 Dec 2020
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  • 2020 was a year like no other as Covid-19 took over the world
  • We are reviewing the top eight performances of 2020
  • Check out the first half of our list

Tom Marquand on Addeybb wins race 4 the Ranvet Stakes during 2020 Golden Slipper Day at Rosehill Gardens on March 21, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)
2020 was a year like racing had never seen before as the COVID-19 pandemic crossed the globe.

In a year we will never forget, we have seen performances we will never forget with explosive sprinting performances, brilliant rides and courageous staying efforts.

We have reviewed this years top performances and decided upon the best wins of the 2020 calendar year.

Number 4.

Melbourne Cup - Twilight Payment

There was an eery feeling across the country as the 2020 Melbourne Cup was run in front of no spectators, however, with a world class field assembled, Jye McNeil produced the ride of the year to take out the race that stops the nation.

Taking Twilight Payment to the front, McNeil rated the Joseph O'Brien stayer perfectly from the front, breaking the oppositions hearts in a superior staying performance.

Holding off Aidan O'Brien's up and coming star Tiger Moth and an unlucky Prince Of Arran, the win delivered goliath owner Lloyd Williams his seventh victory in the Melbourne Cup.

Number 3.

VRC Sprint Classic - Bivouac

Imposing himself as one of the countries best sprinters following a massive victory in the Newmarket Handicap, Godolphin star Bivouac returned to the scene of the crime on the final day of the Flemington carnival, producing yet another jaw dropping performance.

After finishing third in The Shorts and second in The Everest, the James Cummings trained stallion started a narrow favourite ahead of last years winner Nature Strip.

Settling beautifully behind the speed, Bivouac cruised into the race and never looked in doubt, powering past the leaders in an awesome show of speed and power as Glen Boss produced one of his customary salutes.

Number 2.

The Everest - Classique Legend

Billed as arguably the best sprinting race across the globe, Classique Legend produced one of the most dominant performances of the year to take out the $14 million feature in authoritative fashion.

Following an unlucky run in the race last year, legendary trainer Les Bridge was never shy about his lofty opinions of the horse, stating it was the best he had ever trained following his massive win in The Shorts.

With speed machines Eduardo and Nature Strip setting a crazy tempo up front, Kerrin McEvoy produced the grey flash at the turn and never looked in doubt, smashing the line to win by two-and-a-half lengths and delivering McEvoy his third Everest.

Number 1.

Queen Elizabeth - Addeybb

English Group One winner Addeybb will be returning to Australia in 2021 to defend his Queen Elizabeth crown after thrashing a world class field at Royal Randwick in March.

Sold as a match race between the William Haggas trained Addeybb and Japanese star Danon Premium, Addeynn thrashed a star studded field including Group One winners Verry Elleegant, Te Akau Shark, Melody Belle, Happy Clapper and Vow And Declare.

Although Addeybb had the conditions to suit on the day, Tom Marquand took the English gelding to the front and was never headed, defeating Verry Elleegant by three-lengths who has since gone on to win three Group One's including the 2020 Caulfield Cup.

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