Champion jockey Glen Boss is riding big-race winners for fun but when the sun finally sets on his glorious career he will head back to where it all began in Queensland.
The 51-year-old Caboolture-born jockey was the star attraction of the Queensland winter carnival launch and it was fitting given the ex-Queenslander was front and centre given he will be based here over the carnival.
Sydney-based Boss has enjoyed a fabulous winning run at the highest level since coming back from Singapore in 2019, including winning last year’s Cox Plate on Sir Dragonet, and can’t wait to get his teeth into the Queensland carnival.
Boss is temporarily basing himself on the Gold Coast and the tourist strip is where he will one day call home when his riding career comes to an end.
“When I’m retired, I’ll be back in Queensland for sure,” Boss said.
But retirement could yet be a long way off given Boss plans to plunder the rich spoils of the winter carnival, with prized rides including Sir Dragonet in the Group 1 Doomben Cup.
The Cox Plate winner was last seen running fifth in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick, beaten less than two lengths by star English raider Addeybb, but Boss is not surprised co-trainers Ciaron Maher and Dave Eustace have kept him up to the mark for the Queensland winter carnival.
“Ciaron said to me that when he’s not racing he would be in work anyway so he’s the sort of horse who needs to be doing something,” Boss said.
“The Doomben Cup (on May 22) is worth a lot of money ($700,000) so it’s no surprise to me he is in Queensland.”
Glen Boss celebrates after winning the Tancred Stakes with Sir Dragonet, who will be aimed at the Doomben Cup. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Former Queensland Group 1 stars Buffering and Temple Of Boom made guest appearances at the winter carnival launch at Eagle Farm on Thursday but it wasn’t all plain sailing.
Buffering, Rob Heathcote’s champion seven-time Group 1 winner, is now long-retired and 13 years old but showed that age has not wearied him.
The grand sprinter was returning from the mounting yard at Eagle Farm on Thursday and kicked out, giving those nearby a fright.
“It was Buffering just letting everyone know that he is still the king,” Heathcote said.
“He was like a two-year-old horse having a day out, he was hollering and screaming when I got him back to the farm.
“When he got back to the farm he ran around like he was an Oakleigh Plate horse.”
Heathcote’s current stable star Rothfire, the winner of last year’s Group 1 JJ Atkins, was also at the winter carnival launch.
He has returned to work and, while he will not be seen during the winter carnival, he will be prepared to target the $15 million The Everest in the Sydney spring.
Originally published asBoss feels at home for Queensland winter
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