A few days ago, Glen Boss didn’t have a Melbourne Cup ride.
He had harried and hustled connections of those who had already secured a spot in the 24-horse field.
None wanted to throw Makybe Diva’s pilot, the man who steered the great mare to three straight Melbourne Cup wins, a chance.
Now he is convinced Kelinni, who won through to the Melbourne Cup in the Lexus Stakes, the great race’s last chance saloon, will loom to win at some stage in today’s $6 million race.
“I’m pretty confident that at some stage he’ll be called a winner,” Boss told The Mercury. “Whether he’s got that class or the killer punch to put them away I don’t know. He’s got the turn of foot, but whether he’s got the class or the killer punch we won’t find out until the day.”
What Boss is sure about is the fact Chris Waller, who only gave Boss the nod on Saturday afternoon, has his best chance to date to win the Cup.
Jockey Glen Boss. Picture: GETTY IMAGES
All because the Irish-bred import somehow escaped penalty from Racing Victoria’s chief handicapper Greg Carpenter following his Lexus win.
Kelinni will carry just 51kg in the Cup – eight kilograms less than topweight and defending champion Dunaden.
“He’s got no weight and he didn’t get rehandicapped which I was so rapt about,” Boss said, who took over the mount from Kelinni’s regular heavyweight rider, Nash Rawiller.
“He’s in the race and I didn’t want them to give him any more weight. He’s got 51 [kilograms] and now with the spread from top to bottom it gives him a realistic chance.”
Sidelined through injury following a freak trackwork accident aboard ill-fated Golden Slipper winner Crystal Lily last spring, Boss returned to his peak with the help of Cox Plate hero Ocean Park.
He said now it was time for multiple Sydney premiership-winning trainer Waller to take his turn to scale a Group 1 mountain.
Not that he expects there to be a dry eye at Flemington if that’s the case.
“For Chris Waller and his team that is around him it will be an amazing day,” Boss said. “He’s just rapt to be here with a realistic chance at the moment.
“I’m sure you’ll see him go right off [if Kelinni wins]. If he goes off there will be a sea of fake tan running down the straight because everyone will get it.”
Kelinni was last night listed a $21 shot.
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