Glen Boss Australian Champion Jockey
Glen Boss Creates Melbourne Cup History On Makybe Diva
Soon to observe the occasion of his 8,000 th ride, Glen Boss continues to produce victories at tracks all around the world, whilst making New South Wales and Victoria special objects of his attention.
He is of course notable for the accomplishment of having steered Makybe Diva when that champion staying mare was accumulating three consecutive Melbourne Cup victories, and he owes much to that formidable lady, but with well over 1000 wins to his credit, and in the midst of a superb 2012-13 season, his credentials are beyond dispute.
His Group 1 tally continues to grow since we last examined Mr. Boss, along with his prize production and it seems that he still has the fire and ambition to see how high he can set his final mark.
Glen Boss Born 1969 In QLD
Born in 1969 just a bit north of Brisbane, Glen Boss spent his formative years rounding cattle and breaking horses on the family farm, so riding multiple races per meeting as a jockey must seem like a holiday to him.
Glen Boss is noted for his ability to focus on the task at hand and ignore distractions, even to shut out advice from his connections.
This was true even when he was an unknown apprentice riding the bush circuit, where he always rode as if he could produce a win regardless of the mount he drew.
Glen Boss's First Year Gets Over 60 Wins
Glen Boss’s first year in racing produced over 60 wins whilst he was earning a paltry $30 per week salary in exchange for his labor. He got his start riding dirt tracks, to him closely resembling the riding he did on his family’s farm..
Relocation to Gold Coast found him attracting attention for his winning ways. Soon after, in 1994, he could be found plying his trade in Sydney.
Wins Golden Slipper Stakes
The following year marked the occasion of his first major wins: the Golden Slipper Stakes on Flying Spur and the Chipping Norton Stakes upon Telesto.
Glen Boss was going along swimmingly, when, in 2002, riding in torrential rain during a spell in Macau, he took a career-threatening spill that result in two fractured vertebrae in his neck.
Narrowly escaping paralysis, he used the aid of competent neurosurgeons to make an astonishing recovery that had him away from the track for just six months. He managed a fifth place finish in that year’s Melbourne Cup.
Makybe Diva And Melbourne Cups
Next year was a different story, however, the beginning of his record setting string in the premier race of the Australian calendar. Boss’s reputation has earned him the ride on David Hall trained Makybe Diva. The pair wove their way through a tight pack, beating She’s Archie and Jardine’s Lookout.
The following year saw Makybe Diva moved to Lee Freedman’s operation along with Boss. That did little to affect the outcome other than lower the odds for punters who received less than they had the previous year from backing the now sis-year-old mare.
Next year produced the record breaking third victory. Glen Boss was to say of her afterwards, I’m the lucky bloke they throw onto the saddle and steer her around.”
Glen Boss was far from done at this point. His efforts the following season saw six Group 1 wins being added to his tally, essentially every one of the top races save the Melbourne, Cox and Caulfield.
In the years since 2007, Boss has added another 11 Group 1 wins, but the 2012-13 season is proving something of a disappointment from that regard, despite that he could reasonably be expected to post 200 total wins if he simply matches his pace from years past.
Glen Boss is married to Sloane, and they count two children amongst their many blessing. Boss is said to bring the same fire and spirit he carries with him on the track to his pastimes of golf and tennis.
He is also in demand as a commentator on racing issues and is often called upon to display his abilities as a speaker on the subject.
Autobiography 2007 Published
His autobiography came out in 2007 and is titled, “The Boss: A Jockey’s Story.” At his present rate, it might seem that a volume two might be soon needed.