Jockey Glen Boss in Covid permit limbo in Sydney while Melbourne Cup favourite Incentivise awaits

Incentivise’s connections remain confident Glen Boss will ride the Melbourne Cup favourite in his first-up run despite the jockey’s issues gaining entry to Victoria.

Boss remains in Sydney for the rest of this week at least and will be riding at Saturday’s Winx Stakes meeting at Randwick.

He was due to fly to Melbourne last week to begin a mandatory quarantine period.

However, the Victorian Government has taken a harder line granting Sydneysiders permits to enter the state in the wake of NSW’s soaring daily Covid numbers.

Incentivise rocketed to the top of Caulfield and Melbourne Cups betting with extraordinary performances in Queensland for previous trainer Steven Tregea.

The gelding is set to have his first start for the Peter Moody stable in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on September 11.

Part-owner Brae Sokolski said he still expected Boss to be allowed to enter Victoria in time to ride Incentivise in every spring run.

Incentivise is the early Melbourne Cup favourite after dominating his rivals throughout the Brisbane Winter Carnival. Picture: Grant Peters – Trackside PhotographySource:The Courier-Mail

“He’s going to get here next week, which will allow him to come out (of quarantine) on the Thursday before the Makybe (Diva) Stakes,” Sokolski said.

“It’s not ideal. We would have liked him here earlier and at least trial the horse but it’s not viable now.

“As long as he’s there to sit on him before the Makybe Diva, that’s the most important thing.”

Another delay in securing an entry permit could mean Boss misses the ride in the Makybe Diva Stakes.

Sokolski said such a development would not impact the jockey’s Caulfield and Melbourne Cup booking.

“Even if, for one reason or the another, he was further delayed, we would still make good on that commitment for him to ride the horse in the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups,” Sokolski said.

“Worst case scenario would be that another jockey rides him in the lead-up races but I’m confident he’s going to get here in time.”

Sokolski said Boss would be desperate to ride Incentivise in the Caulfield Cup. The race was one of the few Australian majors the rising 52-year-old has not won.

“It would be great to have Bossy here because the Caulfield Cup is the one major race that has eluded him,” Sokolski said.

“He’ll tell you he’s closer to the end than the beginning of his career and this is going to be his best chance, if not his final chance, to win the race.”

Originally published asBoss hold-up fine for Cup favourite’s owners

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