Photo – BOSS after winning the Everest
Only a day after winning The Everest, the world’s richest race on turf aboard Yes Yes Yes Glen Boss has picked up the coveted ride on favourite Constantinople in the $7.75m Melbourne Cup, the world’s richest handicap event.
Boss is already a three-time Melbourne Cup winner, taking out the great race aboard champion mare Makybe Diva in 2003, 2004 and 2005.
On Saturday he turned in a brilliant ride on Yes Yes Yes in The Everest, and with the star colt part-owned by Coolmore Stud the rejuvenated rider was thrust into the forefront for the Constantinople ride in the Melbourne Cup with Coolmore also retaining a share in Constaninople when he was sold to Australian trainer David Hayes and a new group of owners.
Boss has been in sparkling form since returning to Australia after a lengthy stint in Singapore with the 50-year-old recently taking out the Group I Epsom Handicap aboard Kolding after winning the Doncaster in the autumn aboard Brutal.
Constantinople was desperately unlucky in Saturday’s Caulfield Cup, crossing the line in fourth place behind Japanese invader Mer De Glace when ridden by Luke Nolen and he gets into the Melbourne Cup with just 52.5kg.
Stewards reported the lightly raced four-year-old was slow to begin and was held up from the 400m and near the 300m had to be checked when disappointed for a run between horses. When clear he hit the line strongly to just miss grabbing third place.
Constantinople was elevated to $15 favouritism for the Melbourne Cup when initially bought by the Hayes syndicate, but after his slashing run in the Caulfeld Cup the stallion is now into $7 with the TAB and holds a call over Mer De Glace and Aussie hopeful Surprise Baby, both at $9 while Finche has eased to $11 despite his sound effort to finish fifth at Caullfield on Saturday.