Tuesday, 3 April 2012
: Champion jockey Glen Boss will miss the AAMI Golden Slipper for a second straight year, this time by his own choosing.
| Glen Boss|
Photo by Racing and Sports
Boss does not have a ride in Saturday's $3.5m juvenile feature or the Group 1 BMW (2400m), and has opted to stay in Melbourne and ride at Caulfield.
This time 12 months ago he was preparing to ride the highly touted Smart Missile
, but his dream of winning a third Slipper was dashed when the colt was sensationally scratched at the barriers.
“I'm staying at Caulfield,” Boss said when asked about his plans for the weekend.
“I couldn't win the BMW, I didn't have a ride in the Slipper. I had rides in other races and they didn't look particularly interesting so I think I'd prefer to stay here.
“Hopefully I'll have a good book of rides here.
“That's the way it is, I'm not particularly worried about that.”
Prior to last year's Slipper, Boss hadn't missed a ride in the race since 2002.
He first won the race aboard Flying Spur
in 1995, and doubled his tally in 2008 aboard Sebring
Boss suffered a badly broken left arm in September last year when 2010 Slipper winner Crystal Lily
collapse in track work and died of a heart attack.
The 42-year-old underwent a four-hour operation and returned to race riding in January.
“My fitness is good and I'm riding well, my confidence is good,” Boss said.
“I'm just struggling to get a decent ride in a big race at the moment but when you're out of mind and out of sight, that's just the nature of our game.
“I'm not particularly concerned at the moment.”
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