At 4.07pm Glen Boss walked from the jockeys room to ride in a race for the last time, hoping to cap off a brilliant riding career with a win in the Zipping Classic on the odds-on favourite Spanish Mission.
Fifteen minutes later the man on a mission loomed on the turn after riding a perfect race with only a horse or two to pass in the Caulfield straight to complete the fairytale.
But it was not to be as veteran New Zealand stayer Sound, so often near but not quite, kicked in a slowly run race that did not suit Spanish Mission to upstage the Melbourne Cup placegetter and take home the $450,000 prize on offer.
Glen Boss after his final race.Credit:Getty Images
Spanish Mission finished fourth, the mile and a half too short for the stayer which is now trained by Peter Moody with the defeat denying the crowd a final look at the customary scream and flourish of his whip that accompanied Boss’s many big race wins.
As fellow jockey Damien Oliver said of Boss, there was no “no better big time performer” – a reputation he can take to the grave.
Sound’s win completed the double for New Zealand’s brilliant trainer of stayers, Michael Moroney, who also prepared Dragon Storm to win the Sandown Cup earlier in the day, both 20-1 shots who never looked like losing.
But Boss was not to be denied the respect his career that included 90 group 1 wins and about 2400 victories deserved returning to scale waving to the crowd’s applause.
It would be fair to say G.Boss is not the retiring type but retired he is now as he initially handed his cap to a young boy in the crowd before disrobing and throwing his gloves and silks into the appreciative crowd.
“I go out feeling good. I’ve given a good horse, a good ride and I couldn’t ask for anymore,” Boss said.
“It’s been a wonderful journey. It’s been a tough time at times the journey but when you do the scales, the good times far outweigh the bad times.”
Boss, who rode his first race in 1985, said he was proud of what he achieved with the jockey’s name etched in history as Makybe Diva’s rider in three consecutive Melbourne Cup wins, four Cox Plate victories, seven Doncaster Handicap wins, a winner of The Everest and Golden Slipper.
“That 15-year-old kid would have said, good job, because at no stage did I ever take my eye off the ball, at no stage did I ever wavered from where I wanted to be and this is where I wanted to be,” Boss said.
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