Glen’s inspirational story of courage and determination captivate audiences. Widely recognised as one of Australia’s most accomplished and successful jockeys, his determination ensured his return to the saddle after a serious race fall, and steer Makybe Diva to victories in three successive Melbourne Cups - the only jockey ever to achieve this feat. His place in turf history now cemented, Glen regularly exports his talents internationally.
The most successful jockey in Australia, Glen Boss, has overcome incredible, life threatening challenges and obstacles to ride his way into Australian history and our hearts.
From a Queensland country kid rounding up cattle on the family farm and winning ribbons at pony camp to his three Melbourne Cups on Makybe Diva, Glen Boss has become a living Australian legend.
But this champion jockey almost gave the game away when he struggled in the first years as a professional – he was ready to quit when a timely winning streak changed his mind. Now having ridden more than 60 Group 1 races – including this year’s Golden Slipper and Doncaster Handicap – Glen has cemented his place as a favourite with punters, trainers and owners.
However, it was a near fatal fall in 2002 in a wet and rainy Macau that showed Glen’s true gutsy spirit and determination. With a broken neck and a devastating prognosis that he was unlikely to walk again, Glen defied the odds and was back riding trackwork within six months.
But it is his winning run on Makybe Diva, to take out the 2003, 2004 and 2005 Melbourne Cups, that Glen is most famous for. No other jockey in the almost 150-year history of the race that stops a nation has ever achieved such a brilliant feat.
Together the pair, along with leading trainer Lee Freedman, rewrote the history books about what is possible. Winning one Melbourne Cup is any jockey’s dream. To win three in a row was beyond anyone’s imagination.
Turing Dreams Into Trophies
When Glen first started out he struggled to deal with the pressure of professional sport. Today, he is one of the most sought after jockeys worldwide.
The Day My Life Ended -and Started Again
Laying on a race track in Macau with a broken neck, having shattered his C2 (the same vertebrae as Christopher Reeve), there was a chance that Glen would never walk again, to doctors amazement, he was in the saddle again after six months.
Working for Kings, Sheiks and Billionaires
Dealing with pressure from all that is around you. Knowing that millions are on your shoulders each time you go to work. How do you remain calm and not let outside pressure affect what you are there to do?
Winning All You Can Win and Remaining Focused
Tomorrow is another day and yesterday is a photo. Dealing with success and remaining focused on the task at hand.
Me and the Diva
The bond Glen formed with Makybe Diva over the past five years
“Excellent Glen was great. He interacted with the guests and did a great presentation. The guests had lots of questions which Glen was more than happy to answer. He even signed their menus and posed for photos! Thanks very much Glen!"
George P Johnson