Hayes has Boss’s Melbourne Cup aspirations in his hands
Glen Boss is counting on Changingoftheguard convincing trainer David Hayes he is worth a crack at the Melbourne Cup.
Otherwise, the triple Melbourne Cup winning jockey will be without a ride in Australia’s biggest race.
Boss will spend the next week working Hayes’ four-year-old import while he serves a 10 meeting suspension which ends on November 2, the day before the Cup.
But, after an impressive workout over 2000m at Sandown on Monday morning, Hayes says he’s still undecided whether to point Changingoftheguard at the Group One Mackinnon Stakes on Saturday or the Cup.
He expects to make a decision on Wednesday after surveying the horse’s recovery from Monday’s workout, although Boss believes he might wait until another solid Sandown gallop on Thursday.
The suspension rules Boss out of the four Group One races at Flemington on Derby Day on Saturday and he said he had given up an offer of another Cup ride to focus on Changingoftheguard.
"There was another option but I had to let it go because I’ve focused all my energies on him," Boss told reporters at Sandown.
"I’m just hoping on Thursday he stands up to be counted. If he does, then I’ve got a live Cup chance.
"He’s my focus this week now that I’ve lost Derby Day. I’m looking forward to working some more on him and hopefully getting him over the line and giving me a good feel on Thursday."
Boss, who partnered Makybe Diva to her three successive Melbourne Cup wins in 2003-05, believes Changingoftheguard has the fitness for the 3200m classic, despite a disrupted preparation because of a foot abscess.
"He’s a really nice horse, I like him, probably not the ideal preparation, he had a bit of an issue which he overcame very quickly," Boss said.
"I think he’ll come in with a great base, so his level of fitness is probably pretty good, but it’s probably not the greatest preparation going in to the Melbourne Cup.
"He’s got a very efficient action.
"But the best part about him was after the gallop. Within a couple of minutes he’s breathing normal and he’s back to normal and he seems very relaxed. That’s a sign he’s got very good fitness."
Boss said he accepts his suspension for interference early in his winning Cox Plate ride on So You Think last Saturday.
"It was my fault, I made a blue, I’ve got to wear it," he told radio Sport927.
By Paul Mulvey