Superstar jockey Glen Boss has been booked to ride Spanish Mission in next week’s Zipping Classic.
Boss, 52, has made the decision to move back down to Victoria following an extended stint in New South Wales and the big booking on Spanish Mission is a massive get for the star hoop.
The six-year-old galloper, who ran third in this year’s Melbourne Cup, was sold to prominent owners Ozzie Kheir, Brae Sokolski, Jonathan Rosham and their ‘warm circle’ of owners last week and will be trained by champion horseman Peter Moody.
Unfortunately for Boss, he endured a frustrating Spring Carnival after being booked to ride boom stayer Incentivise at the start of the carnival, however, he had to forgo that ride due to quarantine issues preventing him from travelling to Victoria.
“He (Boss) is great friends with the ownership group and, as you know, he missed the ride on Incentivise after quarantining and being sent home from the Northern Territory, so they asked me to put Bossy on him next week,” Moody said on his podcast, Moody On The Mic.
“He had a little spin up on Tuesday morning, he’s (Spanish Mission) in good order.
“He goes to Werribee (on Thursday) for his mandatory CT scans which all these internationals have to do post Melbourne Cup, if they wish to run again before Zipping Classic or in the Zipping Classic, and I don’t anticipate any issues there.”
With a big autumn preparation on the horizon, Spanish Mission will be sent out to the paddock after his Zipping Classic run, win, lose or draw.
“I would suggest his next run post the Zipping Classic, if he does arrive there, would be something like the Australian Cup in March or something of that ilk,” Moody said.
“I don’t think they will see each other until the spring of next year,” Moody said.
The former European stayer is currently rated a $21 chance in the 2022 Melbourne Cup.