Glen Boss

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Nationality Australian
Nickname Bossy
Age 44yo (21/08/1969)
Biggest Win Three Melbourne Cups (Makybe Diva 2003-05)
Best horse ridden Makybe Diva
Twitter @boss_glen
Last Season Stats Prizemoney: $9.56m

The Championships Race Highlights

Kindergarten Stakes: Dances on Stars (2012)

TAB Adrian Knox Stakes: Crafty Irna (2011)

Glen was born in Caboolture (Qld) and is known as one of Australia’s best ‘big race jockeys’ who has won most of this country’s major races and guided champion Makybe Diva to victory in three consecutive Melbourne Cups. Boss has also been successful in three Cox Plates aboard Makybe Diva (2005), So You Think (2009) and Ocean Park in (2012) Although he was based in Hong Kong between 2007 and 2008, Boss answered an SOS from Gai Waterhouse and produced a gilt-edged performance to pilot Sebring to victory in the 2008 Golden Slipper at Rosehill Gardens.


Boss’s fierce will-to-win sees him ranked in the top echelon of jockeys, and resurrected Boss at a time when his life as a sportsman was threatened by serious injury. Boss slipped from his mount in torrential rain on a racetrack in Macau in June 2002. The initial medical verdict pointed to an abrupt ending to his high-profile career. He crashed to the turf, suffering two breaks in his neck that could have led to life in a wheelchair. But the prompt action of a crack medical team and one of the world’s top neurosurgeons enabled Boss to make a full recovery and, after six months in a neck brace, amazingly he was back riding trackwork.

Boss has had a special relationship with horses since he was a toddler growing up on the family’s cattle property at Caboolture. As a youngster he won many pony club awards and also did his share of breaking in horses. Leaving school at 15, he moved to Gympie to start his riding apprenticeship and after riding 60 winners in less than 10 months he moved on to the Gold Coast where success followed him. Boss moved to Sydney in 1994 – and that is where his star-studded career really began to flourish. Wins in the Golden Slipper aboard Flying Spur and in the Chipping Norton Stakes on Telesto in 1995 signalled that a special horseman had arrived on the scene.

Away from the track, Boss is a keen all-round sportsman who enjoys playing tennis and golf and watching his favourite rugby league team, the Brisbane Broncos. Boss and his wife Sloane have two children, Tayte and Carter.

Favourite food: Steak
Favourite drink: Sports drinks
Favourite band/music: U2
Favourite sportsperson: Greg Norman
Star sign: Leo