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Champion jockey Glen Boss will have his last ride this weekend at Caulfield as he calls an end to an illustrious career including 90 Group 1 winners and three Melbourne Cups.

“This decision is something I have been mulling over for the past six months and particularly over the last two or three,” Boss told Ladbrokes’ Adam Hamilton.

“I’m one of those individuals who is always 100 per cent, chips in all the way, and I made a promise to myself more than a decade ago, because you know the end is coming, that if I got to the point in my riding career when I wasn’t fully committed and all the way in, then it was time to finish.

“What I mean by that is riding at the level that I have always wanted to be at and where I need to be at to compete with the guys around me. I just felt I was slipping a bit mentally. Physically I am at the absolute top of my game, but mentally I was slipping a bit and it really is a mental game.

“I felt it was the right time because I have so much energy and I want to put all that energy into something else and that’s what I am doing.”

The winner of 90 Group 1’s will have his last ride in this weekends Zipping Classic where he will partner short priced favourite Spanish Mission.

“Whatever comes out of me is just honesty, I don’t sit there and script stuff, I’m not intelligent enough for that. But I am looking forward to Saturday because I don’t know what is going to happen.

“Hopefully the horse gives me a great ride and we get a victory, that would be obviously the crowning moment, but if he doesn’t, as long as we both come home in one piece that would be excellent as well.

“I’m more excited about what comes after Saturday. Since I made the decision, I am sleeping well and I am waking up just knowing I have made the right call. I was very scared about making the decision, I was frightened, because I have been doing this since I was 15, and I’m now 52, so there is fear there of what lies beyond G Boss the jockey.”

 
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