By Jon Lees
Australia: Glen Boss, who bid an emotional public farewell when retiring from the saddle last weekend, is set to make a one-off return to the saddle at the Saudi Cup meeting.
The 90-time G1 winner has revealed he has been tempted back by an invitation to take part in the International Jockeys Challenge, which is contested by 14 of the world’s leading male and female riders, in February.
“I got an invitation last night actually,” he told Michael Felgate on RSN Racing Pulse. “I think it’s too good to pass up. The Saudi Cup meeting – they have a big meeting on the Friday and the Saturday – I’ve been invited over there to ride in their invitation meeting.
“There are seven women and seven men. You ride against Mike Smith and Frankie Dettori and the like. That’s on February 25th, so I’ve got to keep myself ticking over. I’ll probably ride a bit of work and trials until then.”
He added: “I’m really looking forward to it. It’s massive prize-money and it’s going to be a big event. I’m representing Australia, that’s what it’s about. You don’t get the opportunity in our sport to do that very often, so this is what I’m going to do.”
Boss. 52, who has ridden more than 2,400 winners, was synonymous with the great racemare Makybe Diva, who he partnered to three consecutive Melbourne Cup wins from 2003 to 2005, and also won the Cox Plate four times.
He had his final ride in Australia on the ex-Andrew Balding-trained Spanish Mission in the G2 Zipping Classic in which the Melbourne Cup third could finish only fourth.
The IJC, which takes place on the day before the $20m Saudi Cup, is a points-based competition which comprises four races at the King Abdulaziz Racetrack in Riyadh.
The inaugural event was won by Swiss jockey Sibylle Vogt, who rides in Germany, with Ireland’s Shane Foley taking the first prize this year.
“Just from the calibre of riders I will be riding against it is going to be incredible,” said Boss. “I know it’s going to be a lot of fun. Imagine riding against Frankie and Mike Smith. That will be unbelievable. What an experience that will be.”
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