‘Group 1 Glen’ says goodbye: Glen Boss to retire after riding Spanish Mission on Saturday

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Glen Boss, celebrating his fourth Cox Plate win on Sir Dragonet, is retiring from the saddle. Photo: thevalley.com.au/Racing Photos

By Jon Lees

Australia: Glen Boss, one of the Australia’s most successful jockeys, will retire from the saddle after riding at Caulfield on Saturday.

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The jockey known as ‘Group 1 Glen’ for his successes at the top level will have his final ride on the ex-Andrew Balding-trained Spanish Mission in the G2 Zipping Classic when the Melbourne Cup third makes his debut for Peter Moody.

Boss. 52, has ridden more than 2,400 winners of which 90 have been at G1 level. He was synonymous with the great mare Makybe Diva, who he partnered to three consecutive Melbourne Cup wins from 2003 to 2005, and also won the Cox Plate four times, on Makybe Diva, So You Think, Ocean Park and Sir Dragonet.

“I’ve made a decision that I’m retiring from professional race riding after Saturday,” Boss told Channel 7.

“To be at the level I want to be at all the time and to be at the level I should be at, you’ve got to be all chips in. Especially the last three months I felt that I was wavering.”

Boss announced in October that he and his wife were moving back to Melbourne from Sydney to be closer to their children, but admitted he had been considering retirement for the last six months.

“I felt like I was slipping a little bit mentally,” he told Ladbrokes Australia. “Physically I am absolutely at the top of my game but mentally I wasn’t there.”

He added: “I am looking forward to Saturday. Hopefully the horse gives me a great ride and we get a victory. That would be the crowning moment, but if he doesn’t, as long as we both come back in one piece that would be excellent as well.”

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