Glen Boss Series
"I felt like Hilary. Like I was the first person to climb Mount Everest."
In three Cup years, Glen Boss and Makybe Diva captured the hearts and minds of an entire nation. When the great mare won her third Melbourne Cup, racecaller Greg Miles summed it up beautifully: "A champion becomes a legend". That may well apply to Boss as well.
In this final episode, Glen relives that incredible journey, how he first got the ride, what it took to win all 3 Cups, the pressure and expectation of 2005, and the feelings that come with winning on racing's biggest stage, just how he dreamed as a 15 year old kid in Gympie.
Glen Boss retired late last year with 90 Group one wins, including 3 Melbourne Cups. But hidden by the success was a period of severe depression and self medication that almost claimed his life.
In Episode 2, Glen recalls the most painful and devastating period of his life and how he now wants to encourage others that life is so worth living and to never give up.
If you need help in a crisis, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or MensLine Australia on 1300 78 99 78. For further information about depression, contact beyondblue on 1300 22 4636 or talk to your GP, local health professional or someone you trust.
Thirty-seven years ago, Glen Boss walked onto Gympie Racecourse in country Queensland with his grandmother.
What he saw and felt that day as the horses thundered past on the dirt track would instantly fuel a desire to not just be a jockey, but to be the best.
In Episode 1, Glen reflects on that first year as an apprentice in Gympie and his dream from day one of winning Cox Plates and Melbourne Cups.