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Triple Melbourne Cup winning jockey Glen Boss believes he has the ride aboard the best Rosehill race tip for this Saturday in Run To The Rose favourite Smart Missile, and although he won’t be riding at Caulfield, Boss was quick to name Shamrocker as the horse to back in the Memsie Stakes 2011.
Boss was forced to make a tough decision on where to ride this weekend and what horse he would take the mount on with Anthony Cummings’ exciting colt Smart Missile making their three-year-old debut in the $125,000 Group 3 Run To The Rose (1200m) in Sydney while 2011 Melbourne Cup-bound mare Shamrocker resumes in Victoria’s $200,000 Group 2 Memsie Stakes (1400m).
The ace hoop rode both horses to victory last season and after considering all options, Boss couldn’t turn down the ride aboard the horse he described as a “genuine star”, Smart Missile.
“The returns of Smart Missile and Shamrocker are equally as important – I just can’t be in two places at once,” Boss said.
Smart Missile is odds-on favourite in the Run To The Rose odds at Luxbet and Boss believes his firming price of $1.75 to defeat the likes of Peter Snowden’s multiple Group 1 hero Helmet ($4) and the John O’Shea-trained Foxwedge ($4) is deserved.
“He’s a very, very good horse,” Boss boasted.
“I love being on his back and I love talking about him.
“I’d be shocked if he was beaten.”
Of the key rivals Foxwedge, winner of the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill first-up on August 13, and 2011 Caulfield Guineas favourite Helmet, Boss was respectful but impervious that Smart Missile was the best horse in the race.
“I saw Foxwedge’s win the other day (in the San Domenico) and I thought he was OK,” Boss said.
“To be honest I didn’t think he was anything special.
“But knowing John O’Shea, there will be good improvement in that colt.
“Helmet is the big unknown.
“He has matured and gone on from his two-year-old season, then he has the X-factor.”
It was at Rosehill back in March that Boss first partnered with the explosive son of Fastnet Rock, Smart Missile claiming the scalp of Peter Snowden’s star colt Sepoy in the Group 2 Todman Stakes (1200m).
Boss based his decision to reunite with Smart Missile this Saturday after being blow away by their winning barrier trial earlier this month.
Although he turned down the ride on the Danny O’Brien-trained Shamrocker, Boss said that in no way reflected that he had a low opinion of the dual classics winner.
“I let the owners of Shamrocker know six weeks ago that the likely scenario was the two horses would resume on this day,” Boss explained.
“Fortunately, for the rest of the spring, their programs won’t clash.”
Shamrocker has had Boss in the saddle for six of her 13 career starts to date, including her Group 1 wins in the Australian Guineas and Australian Derby last season.
She kicks off her spring prep in the Memsie against a classy field with Mark Zahra snaring the prized ride on a mare Boss labelled as an “exciting, natural stayer.”
The Memsie will be a tough test for Sharmocker, however, with the likes of the Mick Price-trained Heart Of Dreams ($3.80F), Redoute’s Choice four-year-old Rekindled Interest ($4.60) and Peter Moody’s Group 1 winning Kiwi mare King’s Rose ($4.60) dominating the Caulfield Race 6 odds at Luxbet.
Shamrocker is installed at a generous price of $8 to become the Memsie Stakes winner before she progresses onto her ultimate aim, the $6 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on the first Tuesday of November.
Boss believes Shamrocker will be competitive on Saturday, but that O’Brien will have her peaking closer to Melbourne Cup Day and that she is worthy of her being the Melbourne Cup betting second-elect at $10 through Luxbet.
And if any jockey could spot a Melbourne Cup winning mare, it would be Boss, who rode the legendary Makybe Diva for her three successive victories in the great race.
“She is an amazingly clean-winded horse,” Boss said of Shamrocker, who he was looking forward to getting back on for her next start in the $350,000 Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield on September 17.
“She is similar to Makybe Diva.”
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