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Glen Boss set for final race in the saddle


Champion jockey Glen Boss has announced his retirement.

The 52-year-old Hall of Fame hoop will step away from his career in the saddle after this Saturday’s meeting at Caulfield.

Boss will partner with Spanish Mission in the Group 2 Zipping Classic, which will be his one and only ride on his final day as a jockey.

“I’ve made a decision that I’m retiring from professional race riding after Saturday,” he told Channel 7.

“To be at the level I want to be at all the time and to be at the level I should be at, you’ve got to be all chips in. Especially the last three months I felt that I was wavering.”

The Queensland native announced in October that he had moved back to Melbourne from Sydney with wife Sloane to be with their children, Tayte and Carter, and for a new challenge in his career.

The 90-time Group 1 winner partnered superstar mare Makybe Diva to triumph in three consecutive Melbourne Cups from 2003 to 2005.

“That final moment with her (after the '05 Cup), just when I took my hands off the reins and showcased her, that’s the greatest moment I’ve ever had on an animal,” he added.

Among his major G1 victories are four Cox Plates aboard 'The Diva', So You Think, Ocean Park and Sir Dragonet, and two Golden Slippers on Flying Spur and Sebring.

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