It may be four months out from the 2015 Melbourne Cup but already triple winning hoop in the ‘race that stops a nation’ Glen Boss has the feelers out for a ride in the Flemington classic and this year it is the Japanese who have caught his attention.
Recently inducted into the Hall of Fame, Boss is best known for his three successive victories in the world’s richest handicap aboard mighty mare Makybe Diva (2003-05).
Winning the famous two mile showdown on the first Tuesday of November, the Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) now worth an epic $6.2 million in total prize money, is a feeling that Boss admits he is constantly chasing.
“You’ve got no idea what it does to you,” he told Racing Victoria this week.
“You just don’t go ‘oh geez that was great I finally won one’ – it’s wow. You need to get that again, because it’s an incredible feeling.
“You chase that feeling every time.”
In recent years it has been the international raiders dominating the Melbourne Cup results with three overseas-trained stayers winning the race in the past five years with French duo Americain (2010) and Dunaden (2011) going back-to-back before German galloper Protectionist (2014) got the job done last Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
Far from dying off the international dominance is only increasing when it comes to Australia’s staying features, something veteran hoop Boss is well aware of as he begins his search for a ride in this year’s Melbourne Cup field.
“It’s certainly heading that way – they’re going to take it away every second year … so you’ve got to be looking that way,” he said.
“You just try and put the feelers out there and knowing that you’ve got a bit of a reputation in the race, you might be able to pick up one of those good foreigners.
“We’ve been looking now.
“I wouldn’t say I’ve got a horse at the moment, but you’ve got the feelers out there.
“You’re looking at the horses who went through the autumn and the ones who came though the cup last year.
“You have feelers out there all the time – see how serious they are and what they’re bringing.
“Hopefully you go the right way.”
Boss is especially keen to attract the interest of a Japanese connection with Japan doing well down under over the years.
Back in 2006 Japanese duo Delta Blues and Pop Rock ran the Melbourne Cup quinella and last year the ill-fated Admire Rakti took out the Caulfield Cup over 2400m during the spring.
This year the major Melbourne Cup hope for Japan is Fame Game, the Yoshitada Munakata-trained son of Heart’s Cry last seen running a brave second behind superstar Gold Ship in the famous Group 1 Tenno Sho (Spring) over the two miles in Japan.
Currently Fame Game leads the ante-post Melbourne Cup odds at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $15 to win the race sitting just ahead of the John O’Shea-trained The BMW winner Hartnell who ran fourth in the Sydney Cup over the 3200m and Murray Baker’s young Australian Derby champion Mongolian Khan on $17.
“I like the Japanese – they interest me a lot,” Boss said.
“They’ve got superior stayers – it’s just so hard to ignore.
“You try and target the right horse.”
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