Boss replaces Prebble on Sacred Kingdom for Singapore sprint
Australia's leading big-race rider, Glen Boss, will be the new jockey for Sacred Kingdom when the sprinter tackles the S$1 million (HK$6.3 million) KrisFlyer Sprint in Singapore on May 22.
Boss has recently started a three-month riding stint in the Lion City and contacted trainer Ricky Yiu Poon-fai when he learned Brett Prebble was to be replaced after three recent defeats on the seven-year-old.
'I heard that they weren't happy with Brett and wanted a change and so I rang Ricky to throw my name in the mix,' Boss (pictured) said. 'I didn't expect to get the ride but, if you don't ask, you don't get and I'm rapt to be on the horse.'
Yiu said yesterday the engagement of Boss for the former world champion at Kranji may lead to a more regular relationship.
'Glen has won a lot of the biggest races in Australia and he's done well for me in the past,' the trainer said. 'Hopefully, we'll be able to keep him on Sacred Kingdom next season and have him fly in from Australia to ride the horse in all of his races.'
During his last Hong Kong stint as a club jockey in the 2007-08 season, Boss won eight of his 49 rides for Yiu, but the mount will be his first for owner Sin Kang-yuk.
'I've had a good relationship with Ricky when I've ridden for him before and I made the point that I'm already riding here,' Boss said. 'I saw Rocket Man win the other day here and he was pretty awesome so he'll be tough to beat. I know people are saying Sacred Kingdom is not as good as he was, but he should have won last weekend when he wore the blinkers first time and he's obviously still in pretty good form. He has beaten Rocket Man before here so I'm happy to be on him and we'll be doing our best to do that again.'
Yiu said Sacred Kingdom emerged from his unlucky second to Multiglory in the Sprint Cup in tremendous shape. 'He pulled up really well. It's like he has never had a race on Sunday,' he said. 'He'll go to Singapore on May 14. He's very fit already and all we need to do between now and the KrisFlyer is to keep him ticking over and keep him happy.'
The stipendiary stewards' recommendation to the licensing committee that apprentice Kevin Leung Ka-wai to 'show cause' why his licence for this season should continue has been accepted. Leung, stood down from riding over the presence of ketamine in his drug test samples, is to face the committee on May 17.