Glen Boss says he was forced to leave Sydney for Melbourne
GLEN Boss, the nation's most successful big-race rider this decade, revealed he had no option but to abandon Sydney racing because he felt betrayed by a number of owners and trainers.
The champion jockey, triumphant after another Group One success in the Thousand Guineas on Irish Lights at Caulfield midweek, says he has no regrets about leaving Sydney and now calling Melbourne home.
"I couldn't have stayed in Sydney even if I wanted to," Boss told The Daily Telegraph last night. "There were too many daggers - I'm still getting them out of my back."
Boss has placed his Sydney home on the market and is hunting for a
house in Melbourne, where he plans to raise his family. "Melbourne's home now," he said. "We still haven't bought a house here yet, but Sloane and the kids have settled in well."
Reflecting on the reasons for his disappointing exit from Sydney racing, Boss said he had been promised rides when he returned from Hong Kong in August last year from some owners and trainers that never came.
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Boss, who is on Ready To Lift in the $2.5 million Caulfield Cup tomorrow, had ridden for a season in Hong Kong and still has trouble understanding why he could not re-establish himself in Sydney.
"I can't tell you why it was like that, but, you know, I didn't let it bother me," he said.
"I'm a positive person and I just said to myself it was time to move on. When one door closes, another two open."
Boss moved to Melbourne late last year and said the challenge of breaking into the competitive riding ranks in that city had driven him to succeed.
"I've only just begun here in Melbourne," Boss declared. "I feel like I've just started to get back to where I was in Sydney before I left for Hong Kong. It has taken a lot of hard work but I'm getting there now."
His win on Irish Lights in the Thousand Guineas on Wednesday was his second major this season, after he rode Turffontein to win the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes last month. He continued his hot winning streak partnering Savquaw to win the Moe Cup yesterday.
Boss admitted the rejection by key players in Sydney racing had plunged him into self-doubt.
And the jockey renowned for being impervious to pressure admitted to feeling "unusually nervous" before his win on Irish Lights.
"It's been a while since I've had a headline act like Irish Lights and there was pressure on me to perform," he said.
"The Thousand Guineas was an important race for me as well as for (trainer) David Hayes and the owners. I knew it was up to me to get the job done."
Boss confessed he was unsure of his tactics on Irish Lights right up until the start of the race.
"When we jumped and they weren't going hard, I decided to be positive and push forward on her," Boss said.