Boss notches first 'home' winner with O'Brien

Melbourne Cup winning jockey Glen Boss teamed with Flemington trainer Danny O'Brien for his first win as a "true blue" Victorian in Ballarat yesterday.

And appropriately Boss saluted for O'Brien-trained Stratella ($3.30 equal favourite and seen returning to scale here) in Leading Teams Australian 0-72 Handicap for fillies and mares, 1400m.

Boss moved from Sydney to Melbourne at the end of spring carnival and although he is freelancing, O'Brien has committed to support the champion hoop as much as possible. Boss had two rides for the O'Brien stable yesterday for a first and second.

Originally from Queensland, Boss said the move was a breath of fresh air for his career. He said there was a lot to like about racing in Victoria.

"Victorian racing is really positive," Boss said. "There's a lot more people getting a piece of the pie."

Boss said Sydney racing tended to be dominated by a few. He added that he was pleased with support he was already getting from a variety of trainers.

"Danny has been great giving me support so quickly and getting a top stable like his behind me is sensational."

Boss plans to be a regular at major provincial tracks such as Ballarat. Yesterday was his "second or third" time riding at Dowling Forest.

However, the previous visits were not enough to stop him getting lost trying to find the racecourse.

"I took a wrong turn," he said with a wry grin.

By David Brehaut

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Photo by Ballarat Courier photographer Jeremy Bannister

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