“His rides in the Melbourne Cup should be bottled up and studied. They have been perfect rides” (Lee Freedman)
With three consecutive Melbourne Cups, and more than 70 Group 1 wins to his credit, Glen Boss ranks as one of the most successful jockeys in Australian racing history.
After spending his early riding years in Queensland, Boss transferred to Sydney in 1994. Since then his career has been one of consistently high achievement, the result of superb riding skills and a burning will to win. He has excelled as a big event specialist, his wins including almost every feature race on the calendar: three Melbourne Cups, three Cox Plates, two Golden Slippers, five Doncasters, three AJC Derbies and three Australian Jockey Club Oaks, Victoria Derby and Victoria Racing Club Oaks, Sydney Cup, two Epsom Handicaps, two Metropolitans, and many more. His three Melbourne Cup wins on Makybe Diva were described by Lee Freedman as “perfect rides”.
In 2008 Boss returned to Australia from a riding stint in Hong Kong. Unable to find sufficient riding opportunities in Sydney, Boss took himself to Melbourne, a move which was to launch him on a new and highly successful phase of his career.
From his new base in Melbourne Boss has won 12 Group 1 races, all as a freelance rider without the backing of a major stable. For his performance on Victorian metropolitan tracks, he was awarded the 2010 Scobie Breasley Medal, the state’s highest award for jockeys in the 2009-10 season. Said Boss at the presentation ceremony: “Moving to Melbourne is the best thing I have done”.
A crowning achievement was his winning the 2012-13 Victorian Metropolitan Jockeys Premiership.
Glen Boss was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2015.
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