Glen Boss leads star-studded cast headed for Queensland State of Origin racing series

SOME of Australasia’s best jockeys will ride at the Gold Coast and Doomben next month in a four-week State of Origin series planned to boost the profile of the Queensland summer carnival.

In a joint initiative between UBET and Racing Queensland, high-profile jockeys Glen Boss, Craig Williams and Tye Angland will all take part in the four-week series which will pit Queensland riders against NSW, Victoria and New Zealand.

The Beaudesert-born Boss and reigning Brisbane premiership winning jockey Jim Byrne are likely to share the riding duties for Queensland, Williams will spearhead the Victorian team, Angland will lead the NSW charge and Damian Browne and possibly Caulfield Cup-winning rider Opie Bosson will represent New Zealand.

Contracts are yet to be finalised but Boss and Angland both told The Bulletin they will take part in the series, while New Zealand’s premier rider Bosson is likely to be involved at this stage.

Williams’ manager Mark Guest also confirmed Williams will compete in the series.

The series will run over four Saturdays — three meetings at Doomben on December 5, 12 and 19 and the Boxing Day meeting at the Gold Coast.
Craig Williams will represent Victoria in the series. Picture: Colleen Petch

Craig Williams will represent Victoria in the series. Picture: Colleen Petch

RQ and UBET officials are meeting today to confirm the final details of the series but it is understood the series will involve two races on each of the four Saturdays whereby one jockey will represent each state or country in each designated race.The jockeys will receive points for their state or country depending on where they finish in the designated races.

The jockeys involved in the series are likely to each be allotted one of the top four chances in the market for each designated race and UBET is likely to run a market on the series.

Plans are also afoot to have designated silks made up to represent each state or country.

It is yet to be confirmed whether the designated races in the series will be feature races or not.

Angland is likely to represent NSW on all four Saturdays but Williams and Bosson are only likely to be available for two of the four meetings.

Boss has been booked in for at least the first two meetings of the series and possibly the last.

Browne and Byrne will share the duties with Bosson and Boss for New Zealand and Queensland respectively, while a second rider for Victoria to join forces with Williams is yet to be confirmed.

The promotion has been put together in a bid to boost turnover on the Queensland summer carnival by having some of Australia’s biggest names riding in the Sunshine State consistently in December.

The initiative is likely to be well received and comes at a time when Queensland racing requires a much-needed boost.

Story courtesy Brad Davidson Gold Coast Bulletin

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