Happy Valley

This Boss shows he was born to ride with stylish Valley double

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 08 May, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 08 May, 1997, 12:00am

The Boss was in town last night and the evidence suggests that he's born to ride never mind Born to Run.


He's playing twice weekly at Sha Tin and Happy Valley and he left the city circuit clutching a double with his very first two mounts at the decidedly idiosyncratic track.


Glen Boss, the Queenslander who was making a big impression in Sydney before answering the Jockey Club's call for an extra rider for the remaining five weeks of the season, took the opener on Li Lap-sai's Chief Commander and the second on John Moore's Roaring Success.


'I thought I had a few good rides tonight and I couldn't really have hoped for more.


'Chief Commander was well prepared for the mile and he went bravely to the line while Roaring Success is a horse I know from when he was trained as a two-year-old in Sydney by Bill Mitchell.


'They went fast early but he was always going well for me and it was just a matter of waiting for the run in the straight as I thought they'd have to come back.' Boss arrived last week and he feels the pattern of racing is not that much different from at home. They ride about as tight at home and just go a little bit faster earlier on from the barriers, but you can soon adapt to that.' Moore went on to complete a double when his improving youngster, Po On Power, proved far too good for Class Five in the fifth event which saw The Incomparable subject to some huge late support as he shortened from 8.3-1 to 4.6-1 favourite.


Po On Power relished the move to a mile and should progress from this to win in Class Four.


For his part The Incomparable ran well for fourth but probably found the Happy Valley mile a bit too short.


Moore moved to 39 winners with last night's double and kept his championship hopes alive. He's three behind joint leaders, Ivan Allan and David Hayes.


On a night of doubles star English jockey Alan Munro came from way off the pace on Alex Wong Siu-tan's Tremendous Way to take the third event.


Munro then went on to judge the pace to perfection in the last on the Tony Cruz-trained Smiling and hold on by a short head and a head from Legitimate and Pinky Long Legs.