The Diva would have stopped for­eign run

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING -

VOW And De­clare’s Mel­bourne Cup win was a rare one for Aus­tralian horses and it’s likely the in­ter­na­tion­als will con­tinue their dom­i­na­tion next year.

But they wouldn’t have if Makybe Diva (pic­tured) was still rac­ing, ac­cord­ing to her jockey Glen Boss.

“She beat the best in the world,’’ he said. “Vinnie Roe was rated the world’s best two-miler, es­pe­cially on wet ground, and she beat him a length-and-a-quar­ter.

“Der­mot Weld told me af­ter the race that he couldn’t get his horse any bet­ter and he was rid­den well. He was pre­sented to win and he said Vinnie Roe would have won that race 10 out of 10 times but he couldn’t beat her.”

WE were at Flem­ing­ton for Derby Day last Satur­day and when the Golden Ea­gle was on at Rose­hill, one Mel­bourne jour­nal­ist turned their back on the TV and said they re­fused to watch the race.

How sad can you be?

Boss & Diva af­ter 2005 win.

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