Glen Boss invited to compete in a four-race series International Jockeys Challenge in Saudi Arabia
Three-time Melbourne Cup-winning rider Glen Boss says he’s excited about taking his place in the STC International Jockeys Challenge in Saudi Arabia, as he prepares to fly out to Riyadh today.
Boss has been invited to compete in the four-race series that will take place in the early hours of Saturday morning AEDT, with each of the four races worth US $400,000.
“The call came virtually that night after I retired, so it was not a comeback of sorts, I kind of thought, ‘Oh yeah, that would be fun,’” Boss said.
“I’ve ridden in a lot of countries around the world, but I have never been to Saudi, so it’s just something that I thought, ‘Well, that’s pretty exciting, going to another part of the world, and see how they do things.’
“I thought, ‘Well, why not?’”
Ever the professional, Boss has been watching the racing in Saudi Arabia to help him gain an understanding of the tracks and the horses that he could be riding this weekend.
While it will be his first time riding in a race since his retirement on Zipping Classic Day last November, Boss has no plans of making a comeback to the jockeys’ room when he returns to Australia.
“It’s a one off,” he said.
“I never say never to anything because we don’t know what the future holds, but if they never asked me to come over there, I wouldn’t be riding.
“I’ve had a few little offers to come back, but at this stage, I’m pretty happy with my decision.”
The time away from the rigours of life as a jockey has given Boss a new perspective on racing and life.
“There’s a lot more to life than racing, once you get out of it,” he explained.
“Once you stop riding, you start living, it’s such an all-consuming industry, when you’re in the middle of it, you don’t realise how much it does consume your life until you stop, and you don’t realise what’s out there. There’s a lot out there.
“I’m just getting on with life and enjoying it.
“I’ve been back riding a bit of work and jump outs, I kind of haven’t got that feeling, yet, like “Geez, I’ve made a serious mistake here, I should be back riding.”’
Boss has been keeping busy with his role for Ladbrokes, as well as spending more time with his family and on the golf course, in the months since his retirement.
The renowned big race rider will be one of fourteen jockeys from around the world competing in the International Jockeys Challenge, which will also feature Queensland based rider Samantha Collett, Melbourne Cup winner Christophe Lemaire and Kentucky Derby victor Joel Rosario.
The event acts as a precursor to the US $20 million Group One Saudi Cup, the world’s richest race, which will be run on Sunday morning AEDT.