Champion jockey Glen Boss will be relying more on instinct and feel rather than race tactics and speed maps when he partners Godolphin sprinter Bivouac in the $15 million The TAB Everest at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
Boss said he doesn’t want to over-complicate the process by trying to work through various race scenarios in his mind, preferring instead to use his natural skills and uncanny ability to adapt to any circumstance.
“Everyone has an idea of how they are going to ride their horse but that can go wrong as soon as they jump,’’ Boss told The Daily Telegraph soon after riding Golden Slipper hero Farnan to a brilliant barrier trial win at Gosford on Wednesday morning.
“I prefer to be more instinctive and get the feel of the race.’’
Glen Boss isn’t concerned about Bivouac’s wide gate in The Everest. Picture: AAPSource:AAP
Boss then spoke about what elite sportsmen and women call “being in the zone” – when everything that is happening at speed seems almost in slow motion to them.
“That’s the spot where you want to get into, that’s where you want to be,’’ Boss said. “When you think too much you slow yourself down.
“In many of my big victories, people ask me what I was thinking in the race and I say I didn’t think – all I did was react.”
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Boss said he will be adopting these principles when he rides Godolphin sprinter Bivouac in the world’s richest turf race. Even the barrier draw which has Bivouac starting from gate 10 isn’t a concern to the Hall of Fame rider.
“I have so much faith in this ‘colt’, I know how good he is and I need to ride him accordingly – it’s not that hard,’’ Boss said.
“For these big races, I don’t do a lot of form as I understand the horses around me.
“With Bivouac, I will go out there to put him into a position where he is comfortable. When the gates open I will make up my mind what will happen.’’
Boss, a member of racing’s Hall of Fame, knows better than most how to win big races. He’s ridden 91 Group 1 winners during his illustrious career including three Melbourne Cups, two Golden Slippers, two Cox Plates, and seven Doncasters.
Glen Boss rode Yes Yes Yes to victory in last year’s The Everest. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
He’s also the defending The Everest champ, having won on crack colt Yes Yes Yes last year.
Boss said he identified two horses months ago as potential The Everest contenders this spring – Bivouac and Farnan.
“During the winter I chased Bivouac and Farnan very hard as my number one picks for The Everest,’’ he said. “They chose to go with Hughie (Bowman) on Bivouac initially but fortunately it’s worked out that I’m on the horse in The Everest.
“I know what I have underneath me — I wouldn’t swap him to be honest.’’
Boss has only had one ride on Bivouac for an outstanding win in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap at Flemington earlier this year.
Bivouac won that race at his second run after a spell and Boss said trainer James Cummings has geared the sprinter for The Everest with one lead-up run this spring – his third to Classique Legend and Eduardo in The Shorts.
“The Newmarket was Bivouac’s peak performance and he was second-up,’’ Boss said. “No horse in Australia could have beaten him in the Newmarket and if you look at this horse’s profile, he is dynamic second-up. Horses run to patter and James has taken note of that.
“I thought his run first-up was very good and he has had a tick-over trial since where I didn’t ask him to do anything, it was a lovely trial. I would not swap this horse for anything else in the race.’’
Glen Boss won the Newmarket Handicap on Bivouac in the autumn. Picture: AAPSource:AAP
Farnan had been selected for The Everest but was withdrawn earlier this week after an interrupted spring preparation and concerns about his race fitness.
Trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott are now aiming Farnan at the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington on October 31 with Boss booked to ride.
Boss put Farnan through his paces at the Gosford trials yesterday and was taken by the colt’s brilliant speed as he raced away to win by nearly six lengths.
“Farnan would have run top three in The Everest,’’ Boss declared.
“He was never at his top in the trial. He’s a proper horse but the best part is he felt sound, he felt great and pulled up super after the trial.
“I said to Adrian sometime you have to take a step back with these good horses.
Often the most important run of any horse’s preparation is their first-up run and it all went wrong first-up with Farnan, we all saw that.
“When you are going into these majors, you don’t want anything to go wrong. That’s why I’m confident about Bivouac – he’s had a great preparation.’’
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Bivouac is at $18 in latest TAB Fixed Odds betting for The Everest. Nature Strip and Classique Legend share favouritism at $4.20 ahead of Gytrash at $6.
Boss believes The Everest comes down to two chances — and he’s riding one of them.
“Classique Legend is going to be in the finish, for certain,’’ Boss said. “I think getting beaten the other day was probably the best thing to happen to him. He was vulnerable three wide pulling and went quick through a part of the race he didn’t need to go quick.
“Libertini went out of control first-up, which she does, but Classique Legend ran a great race and he is going to be hard to beat.
“Classique Legend and Bivouac, I think they are the two, I really do.”
Glen Boss rates Classique Legend as Bivouac’s biggest threat. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
PRIDE’S STRATEGY TO DEFY NATURE
By Matt Jones
No horse has been talked about more in the lead up to The Everest than Nature Strip.
But when they go into the barriers, Eduardo’s jockey Rachel King will ride her mount like the firming $4.20 favourite doesn’t exist.
That’s what Eduardo’s trainer Joe Pride wants her to do at Randwick this weekend.
“I’m going to treat him like he’s not in the race,” Pride said.
“Rachel has just got to get my horse into a really good rhythm no matter where Nature Strip is because he’s having issues at the gates this preparation and he may miss it.
“The important thing for us was drawing outside Nature Strip because it gives us a lot more control. It means we can dictate a lot more rather than be dictated to, had we drawn inside him, and we’re not going to be dictated to by him so it’s not a bad draw at all.”
Nature Strip got barrier five on Tuesday night while Eduardo was given gate nine, but Pride was more interested in how the others drew.
Pride may not have cared about where Eduardo drew but he knows where he wants him as the field comes around the home bend and goes up the Randwick rise.
“I don’t want to give Rachel 100 different scenarios about what might happen,” Pride said. “It’s a short sprint race and the ideal scenario at that point is that Nature Strip is not there and we’re scooting to the front.
Jockey Rachel King will be in the hot seat on Eduardo. Picture: Brett CostelloSource:News Corp Australia
“My horse is very strong at 1200m and he’ll be doing his own thing. When jockeys ride their own races it seems to work out well. I think the grey horse (Classique Legend, $4.40) is the one to beat. I was hoping he’d draw near 12 but good luck to those guys.”
Eduardo was a $21 chance to win The Everest but on Wednesday drifted out to $26 despite running a very good second behind Classique Legend in The Shorts (1100m) a month ago.
Pride was still trying to figure out why his horse, who won the Missile Stakes two runs back, was so underestimated. He did beat home $17 Everest hope Bivouac in The Shorts and he has a less than ideal barrier in 10.
“I’m pretty surprised (about the price) because some of those horses won’t be beating him,” Pride said. “This is why I can’t get my head around the market. He was beaten only by a length by Classique Legend and he beat Bivouac.”
Pride made a good case for Eduardo’s chances by going back to a performance he put in when going down by a small margin last February.
“You only have to go back to his fifth start in the Oakleigh Plate,” Pride said. “Horses don’t normally run in that race at their fifth start and if they do they usually lose by a lot and he ran third from barrier 17. It was three-deep off a knockout speed up front and Nature Strip dropped off and he kept going. He’s a special horse.”
Sky Racing News Update: 14th October 2020
Sky Racing News Update: 14th October 2020.
Originally published asBoss feels The Everest is a two-horse race
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