Boss Bombshell: Champion retires
In a major shock, champion jockey Glen Boss is set to retire after Saturday’s Zipping Classic meeting at Caulfield.
The 52-year-old rider of 90 Group 1 winners across a glittering career has decided his ride on import Spanish Mission will bring down the curtain on his career.
The country Queenslander came to Sydney in 1995 and enjoyed instant feature-race success before his grand association with three-time (2003-05) Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva.
𝗡𝗢𝗧 𝗔 𝗠𝗘𝗠𝗕𝗘𝗥 𝗢𝗙 𝗢𝗨𝗥 𝗣𝗥𝗜𝗩𝗔𝗧𝗘 𝗙𝗔𝗖𝗘𝗕𝗢𝗢𝗞 𝗣𝗔𝗚𝗘 “𝗔𝗟𝗟 𝗦𝗣𝗢𝗥𝗧𝗦 𝗟𝗔𝗧𝗘 𝗠𝗔𝗜𝗟” 𝗬𝗘𝗧?𝗧𝗛𝗜𝗦 𝗜𝗦 𝗪𝗛𝗔𝗧 𝗬𝗢𝗨’𝗥𝗘 𝗠𝗜𝗦𝗦𝗜𝗡𝗚!
The surprise announcement is certain to inject new interest into Saturday’s final feature meeting in Melbourne for the spring with Boss’ final ride aboard the Zipping Classic’s hot favourite.
“This decision is something I have been mulling over for the past six months and particularly over the last two or three,” Boss told Ladbrokes’ Adam Hamilton.
“I’m one of those individuals who is always 100 per cent, chips in all the way, and I made a promise to myself more than a decade ago, because you know the end is coming, that if I got to the point in my riding career when I wasn’t fully committed and all the way in, then it was time to finish.
“What I mean by that is riding at the level that I have always wanted to be at and where I need to be at to compete with the guys around me. I just felt I was slipping a bit mentally. Physically I am at the absolute top of my game, but mentally I was slipping a bit and it really is a mental game.
“I felt it was the right time because I have so much energy and I want to put all that energy into something else and that’s what I am doing.”
Spanish Mission is a $1.50 favourite in the Zipping Classic, giving Boss a massive chance to finish his career a winner.
Boss, who has forged a career as one of racing’s showmen, said he will just “feel the moment” and then react to it in his final ride.
“Whatever comes out of me is just honesty, I don’t sit there and script stuff, I’m not intelligent enough for that. But I am looking forward to Saturday because I don’t know what is going to happen.
“Hopefully the horse gives me a great ride and we get a victory, that would be obviously the crowning moment, but if he doesn’t, as long as we both come home in one piece that would be excellent as well.
“I’m more excited about what comes after Saturday. Since I made the decision, I am sleeping well and I am waking up just knowing I have made the right call. I was very scared about making the decision, I was frightened, because I have been doing this since I was 15, and I’m now 52, so there is fear there of what lies beyond G Boss the jockey.”