Singapore-based jockey Glen Boss has been engaged for the mount on Kiwi colt Summer Passage in Saturday’s A$2 million Caulfield Guineas.
The ride became available on the last-start Guineas Prelude runner-up due to Mark Zahra, his rider to date at the Melbourne spring carnival, being committed to race rival Catchy on Saturday.
Best known for his Melbourne Cup hat-trick on Makybe Diva, 48-year-old Boss has ridden for the past year in Singapore, where he is fourth equal on the premiership with 43 wins. He still returns to Australia when feasible, most recently when second on the Chris Waller-trained Tom Melbourne in the Epsom Handicap the weekend before last.
“If Chris Waller is prepared to use him he must be riding well,” commented Summer Passage’s co-trainer Lance O’Sullivan when confirming the engagement. “He rang us for the ride, so we’re happy to have him on.”
Boss will stay with Tom Melbourne for Saturday's Toorak Handicap as well as landing the ride on Irish stayer Riven Light in the Caulfield Stakes.
Summer Passage was the standout in two-year-old male ranks last season, completing a feature double in the Gr. 1 Sistema Stakes and then finishing second in the Gr. 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes at Randwick. He followed a first-up eighth placing in the Gr. 2 Danehill Stakes with a second in the Gr. 3 Guineas Prelude, earning a high rank in the entries for Saturday’s big three-year-old race.
“We’ve been on the back foot with him, mainly because of the wet spring at home, but we’re happy enough with him,” O’Sullivan said. “His first-up run was satisfactory and it was very pleasing to see him run so well last time.
“He’s come on well from each race, but the way the programme has turned out we’ve had to go two weeks by two weeks with him and I’d just like to see him carrying a few kilos more in condition.
“Still, he’s very bright and full of himself, his blood is good and we believe he’s a top five chance on Saturday. Now it’s a matter of getting a good draw and then the right run to see what he can do.”