GLEN BOSS COLUMN - 27.10.2009
Champion jockey Glen Boss sailed into the new racing season a winner at Caulfield on August 1 and is excited about the prospects for his first full season in Victoria.
Boss opened his account for the 2009-10 racing year with a tactical ride to score on Red Buttons for internationally-acknowledged trainer Michael Kent in the Malakoff Handicap (2000m).
The three-time Melbourne Cup-winning jockey, who was starved of opportunity in Sydney, based himself in Victoria at the end of November, 2008.
Quick to establish himself in the top echelon of riders, alongside the likes of Damien Oliver and Craig Williams, Boss set about bringing together a productive tally of 66 winners, his mounts earning just short of $5 million.
Boss, a proud family man, spent his first seven months commuting between Melbourne and Sydney once a week in his busy schedule of riding at race meetings and in track work, to spend time with wife Sloane and their children Tayte and Carter.
The family has now relocated to Melbourne and the focus for the hard-working jockey is forging new links and cementing old ones as he strives to add to what already is a magnificent career.
Few jockeys racked up the travel miles Boss did last season. He had 56 winners in Victoria, of which 29 were metropolitan winners. He had eight winners in New South Wales, all but one of them in Sydney. The remaining two winners were posted in Adelaide.
He rode extensively in Sydney and Brisbane during the winter carnival, though Boss was also in demand in New Zealand and, even, in the United States where he rode in the American Oaks at Hollywood Park.
The biggest win of the season was his Group I triumph aboard unbeaten filly Typhoon Tracy in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic.
This spring, Boss is looking forward to renewing his link with Irish master trainer Dermot Weld. After running fifth on Profound Beauty in last year's Melbourne Cup, Boss has tracked the mare's progress with wins at her two runs back from a break.
Boss caught up with Weld in California in July and will ride Profound Beauty in her Australian campaign, subject to her handicap being outside of Weld's stable jockey Pat Smullen's weight range.
Watch for regular updates on Glen Boss's progress through the spring, his candid opinions and reports on his prospects.