Racing farewells a champion of the sport in Glen Boss

Racing Victoria (RV) Chief Executive, Giles Thompson, has today issued the following statement upon news of the imminent retirement of champion jockey Glen Boss:

“Tomorrow the curtain will be drawn on one of the greatest riding careers in Australian racing history and all of the nation will be cheering on Glen Boss in his final ride aboard favourite Spanish Mission in the feature Herald Sun Zipping Classic at Caulfield.

“Very few can match the racetrack achievements of ‘Bossy’ who had an uncanny knack of producing his brilliant best when it mattered most. He was the ultimate big race performer and for that a cherished booking for owners and trainers on grand final day.

“To be inducted into the Hall of Fame in any sport is the ultimate accolade for any athlete. To do so whilst you’re still competing professionally is the mark of a true champion and that it was for ‘Bossy’ as a 2015 Australian Racing Hall of Fame inductee.

“Not only was he an exceptional rider who claimed 90 Group 1 races, he was the ultimate showman who commanded headlines and thrilled racing fans across the globe. Above all, he has been an outstanding promoter of thoroughbred racing.

“His partnership with Makybe Diva in winning an historic three consecutive Melbourne Cups will forever live in Australian folkore, whilst his achievement to win four Cox Plates on different horses is testimony to his longevity and popularity.

“On behalf of all within the Victorian racing industry, I would like to say thank you to ‘Bossy’ both for the enjoyment he’s provided so many and for the role he’s played in showcasing the very best of our sport to the Australian public.”

Glen Boss’ final ride will be in the Group 2 $750,000 Herald Sun Zipping Classic (2400m) at Caulfield at 4.20pm (AEDT) tomorrow. The race headlines the final metropolitan meeting of the 2021 Victorian Spring Racing Carnival.