GLEN BOSS is a name synonymous with all time greats So You Think, Ocean Park and Makybe Diva, all of whom he rode to Melbourne Cup or Cox Plate glory – the latter both.
But it isn’t as easy as hopping on a transcendent horse like the Diva and trotting to glory. Some of his hardest work takes place far from the track.
“The best in every sport is prepared to push themselves further than anybody else,” Boss says. “When I get 100 per cent fit and hard, it makes a difference on a horse.”
Under the guidance of his personal trainer, Boss’ regime involves running circuits, boxing pad work, core-strength and balance exercises.
“You can take your body to places that you think might be impossible,” Boss said. “I work out and train hard so I can eat as much as I like, when I like.”
Boss certainly has pushed the boundaries, especially when he got down to 47 kilograms to ride Samantha Miss in the 2006 Cox Plate.
“That was three weeks of a really hard boot camp,” Boss said. At 46 years old, and committed as he is, Boss doesn’t see the finish line coming on his career anytime soon.
“When I am at my fittest I walk into the jockeys’ room an...