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Where are they now? - Ron Boss.

Byline: GARRY OWEN

AS a Welshman based in Newmarket, Ron Boss had his one and only Classic success when Olwyn sprung an 11-1 surprise under the late Kipper Lynch in the 1977 Irish Oaks.

The trip to The Curragh that July proved her eternal optimist trainer spot on as the filly had never won a race in nine previous starts and the defeats included when she was turned over at Brighton as an 11-4 on chance.

After a well outclassed ninth behind Dunfermline and Willie Carson as a 50- 1 rag at Epsom, a close second at Warwick and another drubbing in the Lancashire Oaks at Haydock, nobody apart from Boss reckoned it was worthwhile Olwyn even turning up for her date with destiny in Ireland.

Now just turned 65 and living back in Wales, he recalled: "I thought after Epsom that we had the best staying filly even though she only one pace. She was a long-striding filly and I knew the course at Epsom didn't suit her but that track at The Curragh would.

"She ended up holding on in a great finish by a short-head and a head and it was the only race she ever won. It was a terrific day and I couldn't quite believe it at the time."

Boss served his apprenticeship with Noel Murless and Ifor Lewis and actually rode 18 winners during a professional career in the saddle that lasted until 1959.

After ten years as head lad to Lewis he took out his own trainers' licence in 1972 and notched up some decent big- race wins before deciding to quit Phoenix Lodge Stables in HQ nearly six years ago.

Cramond (1976 Queen Mary Stakes) and Emboss (1977 Norfolk Stakes) were his two Royal Ascot winners while he twice enjoyed Group 1 success in the Middle Park Stakes with Mon Tresor (1988) and Balla Cove (1989).

However it was the 1978 victory of the Michael Wigham-ridden 13-2 shot Captain's Wings in the Lincoln that gave Boss most satisfaction.

He said: "We went for a right touch and backed him right down from 50- 1 so that had to be one of my best highlights.

"For a couple of years after I finished training I couldn't even look at racing but now I'm enjoying watching it on telly again.

"I come back to Newmarket now and again to visit family and friends but we live right on the beach in Barry and it's nice and relaxing."
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Apr 26, 2003
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