Piping hot hoop Glen Boss is going from strength to strength this spring and now the former Melbourne Cup winning jockey has secured the ride on defending champ Southern Speed in the 2012 Caulfield Cup next month.
The Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas-trained Adelaide mare Southern Speed yesterday was one of 80 stayers making up the second acceptances for the $2.65 million Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) which runs at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday October 20.
The now five-year-old daughter of Southern Image won the Caulfield Cup last spring with Craig Williams aboard and will be back to defend her title this year with a different jockey in the saddle.
With Williams pledging his allegiance to reigning Melbourne Cup winner Dunaden for their assault on the Caulfield Cup, connections of Southern Speed have taken it on the chin and booked Boss for the prized ride in the world’s richest mile and a half handicap.
Boss, 43, is yet to partner with Southern Speed on the track but is thrilled with the assignment and excited to jump aboard the $2.7 million earner this season.
“I’m rapt to be on her, absolutely rapt,” Boss said.
“Her form is definitely better this year than what it was going into last spring, but Craig’s had an obligation to Dunaden and he had to fulfill that obligation I suppose.
“She’s definitely going much better than last spring, her form’s been terrific and I think she’s well in at the weights (with 54.5kg) at the Caulfield Cup.”
He will get the chance to ride her for the first time Saturday week when Southern Speed, who carried 52.5kg to her Caulfield Cup win 12 months ago, has her fifth run for the season in the $500,000 Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington Racecourse.
Last seen running fourth to Cox Plate-bound Kiwi Ocean Park, who was ridden by Boss, in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield last Saturday Southern Speed is the current $15 second favourite in the Caulfield Cup odds at bookies around the country with markets led by Green Moon and December Draw at $13.
If successful on Southern Speed in the Caulfield Cup he will be one of the few jockeys in history to win it along with the Melbourne Cup, Cox Plate and Golden Slipper – hailed as the Big 4 of Aussie racing.
Boss also had the opportunity to ride Ciaron Maher’s bush galloper Moudre for their Caulfield Cup bid this spring but turned down the chance on the Makybe Diva Stakes minor placegetter, who also goes to the 2012 Turnbull Stakes next-up, in favour of the big name mare who is assured of a run.
“I spoke to a fair few form gurus and they all told me the same thing, that Moudre would probably be about a $15 chance to win the Turnbull,” Boss explained.
“If he was a 6-4 chance, and likely to win it and get into the Caulfield Cup, then it’s a gamble you’d probably take because he is absolutely flying.
“But it’s too big a gamble, simple as that. The mare is already in.”
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