Singapore-based Hall of Fame jockey Glen Boss won the $3 million Doncaster Mile for a record seventh time aboard three-year-old colt Brutal at Randwick on Saturday.
Not only does Boss boast an imposing record on the race, his past four winning Doncaster rides were also on three-year-olds, but none carried such a light weight as Brutal’s 49.5kgs.
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Leading into the race Boss said it was the lightest he has done in years, suggesting that “I don’t think I’ve ridden this light since I won the Cox Plate on So You Think (2009)”.
Boss’ Doncaster dominance began in 1996 aboard the Gai Waterhouse-trained Sprint By, with Private Steer (2004), Racing To Win (2006), Haradasun (2007), Triple Honour (2008) and Kermadec (2015) among other winners.
Brutal won over the John Thomspon-trained Dreamforce, the pair setting a slow speed early, which put the backmarkers in a precarious position before the home turn.
“The race was controlled from the front,” Boss said.
“I just let him do what he wanted. When you sit outside the leader you control the speed. We never gave those behind a chance. Tactically he was perfect.”
“There was never a point in the race when I thought I was going to lose.”