Champion hoop Glen Boss is eager to reunite with star Victorian filly Srikandi back in Brisbane Saturday week after news her trainer Ciaron Maher had confirmed a 2014 Tattersall’s Tiara bid.
Boss may have let go of the dream to run down Damien Oliver in this season’s Victorian Metropolitan Jockeys’ Premiership, but he’s still got hope of another Group 1 win before it’s all over.
Oliver is easily leading the premiership fight 22 wins clear of Boss for the 2013/14 season.
It’s a lead the Boss knows will be very hard to run down even with Oliver, now on a six week riding stint in Mauritius, having had his last Australian ride for the season.
“Damien has had a remarkable season, probably the best of his career and it is going to be almost impossible for me to catch-up to and then pass him for the title,” Boss told Racenet.
“Even with him away overseas I don’t like my chances.”
The last elite level of the season meanwhile runs at Eagle Farm on June 28 with the $500,000 Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) for the fillies and mares.
In that Boss is likely to jump back in the saddle of top Dubawi filly Srikandi who he’s ridden for her past four starts.
A winner of six of her overall eight career runs, the three-year-old is a triple stakes winner thanks in part to Boss’ guidance this Queensland Winter Racing Carnival.
Two back she broke her Group maiden with an easy win from an outside barrier in the Group 3 Glenlogan Park Stakes (1350m), an effort that convinced connections to step her up in class.
Srikandi then went up against an experienced field of star sprinting types in the $1.36 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) last weekend.
She was drawn wide again in barrier 13 (of 18) with Boss opting to stay on her over Rebel Dane.
Fast out of the gates Srikandi over raced a little early but still finished off well when a length off the Sunshine Coast-trained winner River Lad, ridden by Melbourne Cup winning hoop Oliver, who beat home fellow Queenslander Temple Of Boom by a nose.
Having pulled up from her fighting run in the Stradbroke well, Maher confirmed this week that they were still heading towards the Tattersall’s Tiara in the hope of taking home a Group 1 ahead of a spell and then a spring return.
Boss, who also has a full book of rides at Flemington this Saturday, was happy to hear the news and happy to get back aboard Srikandi if asked.
“It was a great run in the Stradbroke, and I am pretty sure that Ciaron will run her again in the Tiara, so I will be in Brisbane next week to ride her,” he said.
The Stradbroke Handicap has been the key lead-up to the Tattersall’s Tiara in recent years producing four of the past eight winners.
Only one of those Tattersall’s Tiara winners placed in the Stradbroke however with Melito who ran second in 2010.
The other three were all out of the money in the Stradbroke Handicap before their Tiara victories with Absolute Glam (4th in 2008), Nova Star (5th in 2007) and La Sizeranne (7th in 2006).
2014 Tattersall’s Tiara nominations are due out next Monday, June 16, followed by the final field and barriers on the Wednesday.
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