The three-time Melbourne Cup winner’s magical ability to be a performer in a major race has been enhanced by examining the sport’s top momentary stars like rugby league icon Allan Langer and motorcycle phenomenon Mick Doohan.
Some top athletes melt on the big stage – Boss always wanted to be someone who thrived when the sporty pressure cooker was at its hottest.
It’s almost like Steve Waugh proving too smart at the bowling fold in the finale of a day of cricket … or Wayne Carey scoring a match-winning goal in the final seconds of an AFL blockbuster.
Glen Boss won the last of Makybe Diva’s three Melbourne Cups in 2005. Image: Getty Images.
Fifteen years after the last of his three Melbourne Cup wins in a row on the Makybe Diva, the 51-year-old rider will try to win the Cox Plate Melbourne Cup double with Sir Dragonet.
“When I’m at that positive point in my head, I can almost talk myself into it – I can almost commit myself to winning a race from any position,” Boss told Racenet.
“It’s so powerful. Sometimes I get into a situation where I feel like I just can’t hit.
“A while ago I wanted to realize that I wanted to be a great racing driver.
“As a kid I was a real student and I loved watching great athletes. Best of all, I’ve studied it a lot.
“I’ve found that most of the great athletes have a lot of similar traits – they drive faster than everyone else, but they look like they’re going slower.
“You seem to have a lot more time.
“I used to see guys like Allan Langer and Mick Doohan, guys who just seem to have the ability to always do it at the right time.
“They all seemed very calm and very relaxed.
“I taught myself by looking at this stuff.”
Glen Boss after winning the Cox Plate. Image: Race photos via Getty Images.
Boss rides Cox Plate winner Sir Dragonet in the Melbourne Cup. The jockey wants to add another to his three Melbourne Cups and emulate the record jockeys Bobby Lewis and Harry White with four cup wins.
He’s done the form study on his own runner and other competitors, but his recipe for success is simple – don’t make things too complicated.
Incredibly, Boss revealed that he had done very little formwork before Sir Dragonet rose to victory from Cox Plate and simply trusted himself and his horse to get the job done.
“I hardly made a mold for the Cox plate,” admits Boss.
“I go to this place for big races that I don’t even think about.
“The more I think, the more I get in my own way.
“And that’s especially the case in a race when you have to make a lot of decisions in a short period of time.
“If you think too much, you get it wrong.
“I’m just trying to ride my horse to get the best out of myself.
“I’m not trying to go out and ride my horse to hit someone else or ride the day’s prejudices.
“Horses defy bias and they defy other things. If you ride your horse to the best of your ability and get beaten, there is nothing more you can do. ”
Glen Boss greets Makybe Diva after winning the Melbourne Cup 2005. Image: AP Photo.
Still passionate about watching great performers in other sports, Boss, like many others, was intrigued by the Michael Jordan documentary The Last Dance.
He spent the night after winning the Cox Plate and watched the AFL final in awe of Dusty Martin’s wizardry.
Remarkably, Boss insists that his outwardly cool and collected nature is never a mask, and that’s exactly how he’ll feel on Tuesday when he sits in the gates on Sir Dragonet, waiting for the starter to send them on their way.
“I’m just as calm as I appear,” says Boss.
“On the morning of the Melbourne Cup, I get a little nervous sometimes, not always, but you have good nerves.
“But when I come out to play, I’m already locked up.
“When it comes to these big moments, I’m a bit shocked myself at how it happens.
“But I think what you project outward is what you get back.”
Glen Boss’s Sir Dragonet wins the Cox Plate. Image: Race photos via Getty Images.
As for his boisterous celebrations, which last cost him $ 1,000 when he rose high in the stirrups before Sir Dragonet crossed the line in the Cox plate, you can expect them to be repeated when he climbs up to the Cup on Tuesday .
Boss wants to be his own man – and doesn’t worry about setbacks on social media.
“A lot of athletes get bruised on social media for expressing themselves. So they just don’t do that because they just can’t handle the negative feedback, ”says Boss
“But negative feedback on social media means nothing to me.
“These are not your friends, they are not your relatives.
“In the past, athletes could be whoever they wanted as long as they did their job.”
Sir Dragonet, trained by Ciaron Maher and Dave Eustace, offers a $ 10 chance in the Melbourne Cup with TAB.
Boss missed the Melbourne Cup last year due to a suspension while Joao Moreira drove to Constantinople.
Sir Dragonet is ridden by Glen Boss after winning the Cox Plate. Image: SDP MEDIA
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