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Glen Boss to announce retirement

Jockey Glen Boss will announce his retirement from race riding at a media conference at Flemington Racecourse on Friday morning. 

Boss, 52, made history when he rode champion mare Makybe Diva to three consecutive Melbourne Cup wins in 2003, 2004 and 2005 at Flemington. 

One of the most successful jockeys in Australian racing history, he was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2015. He retires with 90 Australian Group 1 wins to his name, the equal of another Flemington icon Roy Higgins, with only Damien Oliver (122), George Moore (104), Jim Cassidy (98) and Hugh Bowman (95) ahead of them.

In addition to his Melbourne Cup wins, Boss recorded one second, one third and three fourths from 17 rides in the ‘race that stops the nation’™. He also secured another 10 Group 1 wins at Flemington, including the Australian Cup on Makybe Diva, two Lightning Stakes victories on future stallions Choisir and Fastnet Rock and last year's Newmarket Handicap and Darley Sprint Classic double with Bivouac.

Boss has also won the Doncaster Mile seven times, Cox Plate four times and the Golden Slipper twice. 

His first Group 1 win was in 1994 when he partnered Telesto in the Chipping Norton Stakes. 

"This decision is something I have been mulling over for the past six months and particularly over the last two or three," Boss told wagering firm Ladbrokes.

"I'm one of those individuals who is always one hundred per cent, chips in all the way.

"And I made a promise to myself more than a decade ago, because you know the end is coming, that if I got to the point in my riding career when I wasn't fully committed and all the way in, then it was time to finish.

"What I mean by that is riding at the level that I have always wanted to be at and where I need to be at to compete with the guys around me.

"I just felt I was slipping a bit mentally. Physically I am at the absolute top of my game, but mentally I was slipping a bit, and it really is a mental game."

Boss will be looking to go out a winner this weekend when he rides Lexus Melbourne Cup placegetter Spanish Mission in the $750,000 Group 2 Zipping Classic at Caulfield on Saturday. 

Glen Boss after winning the 2019 The Everest with Yes Yes Yes, picture Sportpix.com.au

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