Opie Bosson is Back & It's Beautiful

Date: 25 Nov 2020

Opie Bosson is Back & It's Beautiful






NZ Herald Reports:









Opie Bosson can feel what punters already suspect: he is back.





The evidence New Zealand's best jockey was staring to hit his stride was there before he went to Riccarton 10 days ago to ride a stakes double including the 1000 Guineas on Kahma Lass.





Then, as tends to be the case when Bosson is in the zone, he backed it up with a group race double on Media Sensation (Breeders Stakes) and In A Twinkling (Counties Cup) at Pukekohe on Saturday.





Both were Bosson at his manipulative best, jumping Media Sensation to the front then slowing the tempo knowing his key rivals were swoopers while on In A Twinkling he was aggressive early to keep his spot, conceded the lead to a free-running rival and had the race shot to pieces at the 200m.





That is four stakes winners in seven days, something for Bosson to smile about as he sits out the next 11 days suspended, swapping the raceday saddle for the farm tractor.





The sight of Bosson dialled in, able to ride at 56.5kgs yet hoping to make 54.5kgs by Karaka Million night again, is a beautiful thing for punters.













MELODY BELLE & OPIE BOSSON ~ KARAKA 2YO MILLION 2017




AVANTAGE & OPIE BOSSON ~ KARAKA 2YO MILLION 2018




PROBABEEL & OPIE BOSSON - ~ KARAKA 2YO MILLION 2019




COOL AZA BEEL & OPIE BOSSON - KARAKA 2YO MILLION 2020




PROBABEEL & OPIE BOSSON - KARAKA 3YO MILLION 2020





He may never win another premiership but he is the strike rate king and when he and Te Akau trainer Jamie Richards join forces the punters swarm.





It could be even more so this summer as last season's second most successful black type jockey Jason Waddell is gone for the foreseeable future while Bosson's good mate James McDonald won't be making his usual Christmas trip home because of quarantine so Bosson has a mouth-watering group one menu.





It all could have been so different, and a few months ago was.





Bosson had just turned 40, was going through his annual spring funk when the cold weather, average horses and extra kilos make race riding seem a less than attractive career choice.





"Yeah, I was down on the whole thing again," admits Bosson.





"It was hard coming back, with the wasting and the cold never helps, especially with losing the weight.





"So I thought about giving up but I have got good people around me and David (Ellis, Te Akau boss) was very supportive when he didn't have to be.





"When I did come back it took a while to find my feet. Little things like my timing being out and I kind feel like you am going through the motions even though I don't mean to.





"But I have turned that corner, and oddly the weather really helps.





"I find it a lot easier to keep my weight down when it is warm and I am out working around the farm.





"And then the good horse come and you remember what they feel like.





"I can tell I am riding well now and I'm in a good place. So I am looking forward to the summer."





Bosson will resume on Captain Cook Stakes Day at Trentham on Saturday week where he rides Prise De Fer in the group one but the stable will be patient with In A Twinkling and allow the now two-time Counties Cup winner to bypass the Waikato Cup on December 12 after he ran off in the same race at Te Rapa last year.





"He will head to the Zabeel at Ellerslie on Boxing Day instead," says Richards.





Te Akau are yet to work out their juvenile pecking order and therefore which horse will try and give them and Bosson a scarcely believable fifth straight Karaka Million come January 23.





But with Kahma Lass being aimed at the Karaka Classic the same night a 54.5kgs weight is Bosson's summer target.





"I won't be easy. I means missing a lot of meals and taking a lot of hot baths. But I know I can do it." So do the punters.


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