Champion jockey Glen Boss said the stories he heard while quarantining in the Northern Territory made him “disappointed to be an Australian”, reports Australia’s Racing.com.
Boss spent just a few days in the NT as he prepared to return to Victoria to ride during the Spring Carnival.
But just hours after arriving Boss had been told he would have to return to Sydney on the soonest available flight after the rules at the Howard Springs quarantine facility had changed.
Boss and his wife Sloane departed just days later, ruling Boss out of the ride on Sportsbet’s $13 Cups favourite Incentivise and Cox Plate contender Alligator Blood.
The multiple Group 1-winning jockey said his time spent in the Northern Territory was an eye-opening experience.
“To be very honest, my story pales into insignificance with what’s really going on,” Boss told RSN927.
“I’m fortunate that I got back to Sydney and I’m going to start my job again and the Spring Carnival. The real stories you hear, from the couple of days we were there … I am actually really disappointed to be an Australian at the moment. It’s horrendous the way things have been handled.”
Boss said he believed the publicity surrounding his decision to ride in Victoria was behind the backflip that saw him told to return home.
He said the decision had taken its toll on his family, with Boss and Sloane set to see their adult children for the first time in a long while.
“It’s been a hell of a ride, the last couple of weeks. But that’s the landscape that we live in,” Boss said.
“It’s the cards we have been dealt with and we have to deal with the umpire’s rules.
“Mentally (Sloane) has really struggled with this in the last week. It’s been really tough, we are living out of a suitcase because we only took enough stuff to go to Howard Springs and then to Melbourne.
“Everything was packed up and sent to Melbourne. And to just to think Carter and Tayte were really looking forward to us getting down there and catching up.
“I have hardly been around my kids the last couple of years, with Singapore and being in Sydney. We thought it was about time we headed home and spent more quality time with our young adult kids.”