Horse racing: Star Kiwi jockey Opie Bosson eyes career swansong in Aussie

The country's leading jockey has confirmed he's considering a move to Australia to see out his riding career. 

Opie Bosson continued his hot run of form with a fourth group one victory of the autumn at Randwick on Saturday and he now faces one of the biggest decisions of his life. 

"I go back on Tuesday," Bosson after his win. "Then we have to have a discussion about whether to move the family back to Australia."

On Sunday, Bosson confirmed his days riding in New Zealand could be over. 

"It would be to finish my career," he told Newshub.

Sitting 15th in the world jockey rankings, Bosson’s departure would be a massive blow to the NZ racing scene.

In March, the 39-year-old travelled to Australia to ride two of NZ's best - Te Akau Shark and Probabeel - to group one success.

But with racing back home grinding to a halt under lockdown, Bosson remained across the Tasman, where the sport continued under strict conditions

Now he says a permanent move to Sydney or Melbourne is on the cards.

"I've only got a few years left in me, so I may as well make the most of it with some good prizemoney back here in Australia."

And more opportunities for his wife - racing presenter Emily Bosson - who’s been looking after son Max, while working from home, as well as tending to the family farm.  

"It’s not an easy job," said Bosson. "She's had to take the bull by the horns and she's been doing great."

The man who can’t stop winning in Australia could be a major loss to NZ racing. 

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