Glen Boss rode Who Shot Thebarman to third in the 2014 Melbourne Cup on Tuesday. The jockey may have missed out on a win to Protectionist, but had nothing but praise for the German raider.
Boss partnered superstar Makybe Diva in all three of her Melbourne Cup victories from 2003-2005, and likened the finishing burst displayed by Protectionist to that of the champion mare.
“At the end of two miles, that was Makybe Diva stuff,” Boss said via TVN.
“Me and Red Cadeaux were going to the line pretty solidly, but I could not believe how quickly Protectionist went past us.
“We weren’t stopping, we were going okay.”
Both Red Cadeaux and Who Shot Thebarman were poised to make their runs after straightening up, however Protectionist just burst through, racing away with 100 metres to go and won the race clear by four lengths.
Boss noted that he thought he just had to beat Red Cadeaux at this point, unaware the German horse was about to dash his dreams of another Melbourne Cup victory.
“I thought ‘all I have to do is beat Red Cadeaux and I’m nearly home,” he said.
“And then Protectionist went straight past us.”
Protectionist reeled off his final 600 metres in 34.66 seconds, his final 200 metres in 11.66 seconds.
The champion hoop was happy with Who Shot Thebarman’s run, calling it “terrific”, adding that third was where he thought he could finish him.
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