Bosson gets advice from former great

Opie Bosson, who is set to heed the advice of former top jockey Brent Thomson in tomorrow's Caulfield Cup.

Opie Bosson, who is set to heed the advice of former top jockey Brent Thomson in tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup.

Opie Bosson enjoyed a stroll alongside one of New Zealand’s greatest jockeys to complete his preparation for tomorrow’s Gr.1 Caulfield Cup.

The 35-year-old will partner the Kiwi-bred favourite Mongolian Khan in the $A3 million feature and today he walked the Melbourne course with Brent Thomson, these days New Zealand Bloodstock’s Victorian representative.

“The track is in fantastic order, they’ve done a great job with it,” said Thomson. “There’s a great sole of grass and while there is a chance of a shower or two it’s not going to affect it. There will be no real excuses.”

Happy to offer his advice, Thomson rated Bosson’s mount Mongolian Khan an outstanding hope.

“He’s obviously a great chance,” he said. “The stable is really happy and the horse hasn’t taken a step backwards. He’s well drawn and if all goes to plan he should be right in the thick of it for Opie. He’s a top rider.”

A New Zealand-trained horse hasn’t won the cup since the Sheila Laxon-prepared Ethereal, who was successful in the hands of Scott Seamer in 2001, and Thomson also had a hand to play in that victory.

“I did advise Scott on where he should or shouldn’t be,” he said. “Scott had little or no experience of Caulfield before that.”

Thomson was a two-time champion New Zealand apprentice and as a 17-year-old he won the Auckland Cup aboard Perhaps before he embarked on a glittering international career. He won three consecutive Victorian jockeys’ premierships and twice won the Caulfield Cup, firstly aboard Gurner’s Lane in 1982 and again five years later on Lord Reims.

His list of Australian feature wins also included four Cox Plates, the AJC and VRC Derbys, three Mackinnon Stakes, the Caulfield, Canterbury and Rosehill Guineas and two Adelaide Cups.

Thomson subsequently moved to England as the retained jockey for the late Robert Sangster and won Group One events across Europe. He also rode for the Queen and the Maktoum family.

Top-flight success followed in Hong Kong before he retired as the winner of more than 3000 races across 16 countries, 53 of them at Group One level.

– NZ Racing Desk.