Glen Boss will forgo a chance to complete racing's grand slam in the Caulfield Cup to ride Yes Yes Yes for Chris Waller in The Everest at Randwick next week.
Boss, a master of winning Australia’s big races on three-year-olds, had to decide between taking the ride on Vow And Declare in the Caulfield Cup or a shot at The Everest.
“I still haven’t won a Caulfield Cup and it has been on my bucket list since the beginning of my career, but this colt is too good of an opportunity to turn down,” Boss said.
“I have probably lost the ride on Vow And Declare in the Melbourne Cup as well now, but I think the three-year-olds with a six-kilo advantage are right in The Everest.
“The rating blokes we have talked to said that Bivoauc, Yes Yes Yes and Exceedance are right up there on their Golden Rose runs.”
There is only one place left in The Everest, which will go to the winner of Saturday’s Schillaci Stakes at Caulfield, after Chris Waller announced the Coolmore-owned Yes Yes Yes would run in his slot and Godolphin named Alizee as it sprinter for the $14 million race.
It was a tough choice for Boss, who is famous for winning three Melbourne Cups on Makybe Diva. He also won one of his three Cox Plates on the champion mare and has a Golden Slipper from Flying Spur.
If he won the Caulfield Cup he would be just the eighth jockey to complete the grand slam, joining Neville Sellwood, Roy Higgins, Pat Hyland, Mick Dittman, Jim Cassidy, Chris Munce and Damien Oliver.
But Boss has been a talisman in the biggest races in the country on three-year-olds. He steered So You Think to an all-the-way win in the Cox Plate and won an Oakleigh Plate and Lightning Stakes on Fastnet Rock as three-year-olds as well as numerous big handicaps.
“Three-year-olds have certainly been very good to me in my career but you have to be on the right ones and I think Yes Yes Yes is that horse in the Everest,” Boss said. “I have ridden some of the biggest-name stallions to win group 1s as three-year-olds and hopefully he is another one.
“These older sprinters have been bashing into each other for a while now and he is the new colt on the scene. I think it is a very open race and any of a half-dozen could win it and I’m definitely one of them.
"Since I came back to Sydney I have been looking for chances like this and I'm looking forward to the challenge of The Everest."
Boss will hop on Yes Yes Yes, which was runner-up in the Golden Rose, for a gallop between races at Randwick on Saturday to get a feel of his Everest ride.
It will be the first time Waller will run one of his own horses in his Everest slot. Yes Yes Yes replaces Enticing Star, which was
“I have been extremely excited by the way this colt has continued to progress through his short career to date,” Waller said. “I have been incredibly pleased with what he has shown me over the past six weeks and am extremely confident he can acquit himself under weight-for-age conditions against an outstanding field of open age sprinters.”
Godlphin went for the proven form of Alizee over the potential of Golden Rose winner Bivoauc in making their decision and have booked Hugh Bowman to ride the powerful mare.
“We are in the fortunate position of having a choice of quality runners for The Everest, each of which would have been a great chance in the race,” Godolphin Australian managing director Vin Cox said.
“It wasn’t a simple decision, but in the end Alizee is a high-class mare who has shown excellent form when fresh.
“She has shown us in her training and in a recent barrier trial that she is in great form and it’s our belief that she offers us an outstanding chance in this great race.
“We feel that a colt like Bivouac has the opportunity to win a variety of group 1 races which he will now be aimed at.”
Godolphin are hoping to get a second runner into The Everest with Stradbroke winner Trekking the favourite for Saturday's Schillaci Stakes at Caulfield where they will also start Viridine.