Multiple Group 1 winning jockey Glen Boss is hopeful to ride at the Flemington meeting on Saturday after escaping a broken ankle following a barrier mishap at the jump outs this morning.
It was thought that Boss had sustained a broken ankle after hitting his leg on the side of the barriers in a jump out at Flemington but further diagnosis have indicated that there is no major break.
But Boss tweeted early in the day that he may have chipped a bone in his foot.
“Not broken, have chipped the bone on the side of foot,” Boss said on Twitter.
Following X-rays, Boss then reported that he would have further scans to see if there was any soft tissue damage.
“The X-ray was fine but I’ve just got to have a precautionary scan to make sure there’s no soft tissue damage,” Boss said.
“There’s a bit of swelling on the foot but thankfully it’s pretty good news all things considered and it looks like I’ll be right for tomorrow.
“I can’t do any further damage because the chip is just sitting there. Initially I thought it was broken but it actually feels quite good now.”
A broken ankle would have seen Boss on the sidelines for several weeks, but the premiership winning jockey is hopeful to front up at Flemington tomorrow.
Boss has five rides, kicking off early in the day with Zebulon in the first, the Murray Cox Handicap (1410m) for the two year olds.
His next is in race five when he teams up with Charmed Harmony, the short priced favourite for the David Bourke Provincial Plate (1610m) followed by Henwood in the VRC-CRV Winter Championship Series Heat 6 (1410m).
The Danny O’Brien trained Doubtfilly is his next mount in the All Victorian Sprint Series Heat 8 (1100m) then he will wrap up his day with Reckless Assassin for John Sadler in the Leilani Series Heat 4 (1410m).
Even though Boss didn’t collect a Group 1 prize during the Brisbane Winter Carnival he was in the spotlight with the rising success of Melbourne filly Srikandi who progressed from a restricted class galloper to be sent out the favourite for the Group 1 $1.36m AAMI Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 7.
After arriving in Queensland with wins at Mornington and Sandown to her credit, Srikandi scored an impressive win in the Listed $150,000 Turangga Farm Silk Stocking (1200m) at the Gold Coast on May 3 with Boss in the saddle.
Boss then stuck with the Ciaron Maher trained filly throughout the Carnival and the pair collected their second win together in the Listed $100,000 Designline Graphics Juanmo Stakes (1200m) at Doomben on May 17.
Then an all the way win in the Group 3 $150,000 Glenlogan Park Stakes (1350m) at Doomben on May 24 cemented a place in the Stradbroke Handicap.
After beginning well from a wide gate Boss was able to give Srikandi a lovely run third on the fence but she couldn’t match it with locals River Lad and Temple Of Boom in the straight and finished a creditable third in the famous Group 1 1400m sprint.