A proud Glen Boss is amazed he won The Everest, a Golden Eagle and eight group 1s in just over two years, confirming he would return to Melbourne permanently after mixing it in the “toughest jockeys’ room in the world”.
Boss’ ride on three-year-old colt Home Affairs in The Everest was his last feature race mount in Sydney for the forseeable future, confirming he had returned to Melbourne for family reasons after a wretched spring.
The 52-year-old is isolating in Victoria and planning a Melbourne Cup carnival assault having had a run of bad luck in recent weeks, including losing the ride on Caulfield Cup hero and Melbourne Cup favourite Incentivise after having his time in quarantine cancelled and being told to return to Sydney.
He was also due to partner defending Cox Plate champion Sir Dragonet in Australasia’s weight-for-age championship at Moonee Valley this week before the horse was euthanised following a trackwork accident.
Boss told the Herald he planned to settle in Melbourne again, having forged his reputation south of the border as a three-time Melbourne Cup winner aboard Makybe Diva.
“It’s something my wife and I have been thinking about for a little while,” Boss said. “My family is here [in Melbourne] and Sloane has always regarded Melbourne as home. She was desperate to get back here and I haven’t been around for any decent length of time for the best part of five years.
Glen Boss on Home Affairs earlier this month. Credit:Getty
“It’s just been ridiculous so it was a big family decision. COVID makes you take stock of what’s really important. I think a lot of people might have gone through it, ‘what am I really doing it for?’ We’ve got a lot of great friends in Melbourne. It’s been tough living out of a suitcase in Sydney, especially the last three months. It’s been horrible.”
Boss’ interrupted spring, during which he entered quarantine in the Northern Territory in the hope of riding Incentivise during the spring carnival before being told he had to return to Sydney, has been character building to say the least.