Boss satisfied with Royal treatment in Caulfield Cup
BIG-RACE specialist Glen Boss has dismissed Royal Descent's nightmare barrier and believes the luckless mare can carry him into racing's elite Grand Slam club in today's $3 million Group One Caulfield Cup (2400m).
Boss needs to add the Caulfield Cup to victories in the Melbourne Cup, Cox Plate and Golden Slipper to join fellow Queensland hoops Mick Dittman and Chris Munce, Roy Higgins, Damien Oliver, Jim Cassidy, Pat Hyland and Neville Sellwood in the exclusive Grand Slam club.
The Chris Waller trained six-year-old, arguably the unluckiest galloper in the country after racking up 10 second placings in her 29 starts in top company, has drawn barrier 22 but will start from 18 if the four emergencies drawn inside her are scratched.
But Boss, who is chasing his 88th Group One winner, told APN he would not face a split-second decision about what tactics to use when the barriers opened.
"It (barrier) is neither here nor there for her because she's a go-forward horse," Boss said.
"From an inside gate I'd be digging her up to hold her spot anyway, but from the outside she will just go forward and end up basically in the same position.
"She's a very good horse to ride. She'll get out of the barrier and hopefully have every chance."
Boss said he didn't agree that Royal Descent had been unlucky despite her string of second placings in top races like the Epsom and Doncaster, preferring to put those defeats down to her running into a slightly better horse on the day.
"She's talented, she's very talented and she's run into some amazing horse flesh," he said.
"You can say she is unlucky, but you wouldn't mind owning her, would you?"
That was in reference to the $2.7 million in stakes the six-year-old has won her owner Gerry Harvey.
Boss, who won three Melbourne Cups on wonder mare Makybe Diva, and lost the 2004 Caulfield Cup on her to Elvstroem in a photo, said he was not going into the race thinking about clinching the Grand Slam.
"It would be nice, but I've done some pretty great things in my industry," he said.
"I'm not concerned. I think it will happen. It might be this weekend but I won't lose any sleep over it."
Boss agreed the field was one of the most open on record with at least 10 horses capable of winning without causing an upset.
Australian Derby winner Mongolian Khan remains a $4.20 favourite ahead of Hauraki ($8), Set Square ($9) with Snow Sky and star Japanese invader Fame Game both at $11.
Royal Descent blew out to $19 after drawing wide.