GLEN BOSS broke free of the microphones and well-wishers' hands being thrust in his face, darted back onto the Moonee Valley track and ran whooping and hollering along the rail, high-fiving racegoers who clambered to reach out and touch a piece of history. The Boss Man was back and happy to shout about it.
''This is what they come here for - they come here for a party, and that's what I'm gunna give 'em!'' Boss said, finally calming down to merely borderline hysterical but keen to sing the praises of Ocean Park, who now sits alongside greats Makybe Diva and So You Think as a Cox Plate winner with (G.Boss) next to his name.
''I just feel very vindicated - I've always loved this colt,'' Boss said, just warming up. ''Everyone who wanted to hear about this colt, I would tell them, 'He's the horse'.''
This most ebullient of horsemen has Makybe Diva's three Melbourne Cups to sit alongside his trio of Cox Plates, yet rated this as probably his greatest achievement. He heard the doubters but knew he was on a horse who lives and breathes to run down every rival in front of him.
''He's a winner,'' Boss said, a statement that now brooks no argument after Ocean Park became the first horse to complete a haul of four consecutive group 1 wins with a Cox Plate triumph.
It was a win for New Zealand as well, with Boss praising Matamata trainer Gary Hennessy. They make an odd couple - the jockey who can't stop talking and the trainer who barely utters a word. But they also make a hell of a team.
''Gary's just a humble guy, he doesn't say much, just goes about his business,'' Boss said. ''He's a horseman. He's just like me in that respect … obviously I'm more amped up than Gary is.''
Boss slotted Ocean Park in behind Craig Williams on Green Moon near the rear of the field, as Gai Waterhouse's third news-maker along with Pierro and Proisir, More Joyous, charged forward from the car park-friendly barrier the trainer had chosen for her, famously stretching a long friendship with owner John Singleton.
When Williams asked Green Moon for something 800 metres from home and got no response, Boss thought, ''Well, I'll pop out here and get going.'' The ease of his mount's acceleration emboldened him and Hennessy started ''riding him as hard as Glen'' 400 metres out.
Rounding the turn into Moonee Valley's treacherously short straight, Boss felt Ocean Park catch sight of ''the bunny'' out in front, All Too Hard, and surge again. His journey back to scale was a deliciously long, slow reminder of how good it feels to win the big ones.
''It's very difficult to describe - every sinew in your body is on fire,'' he said. ''This is such a great racetrack to be on, such a great amphitheatre. My body was just like a volcano inside.''
Waterhouse's spring of dashed expectations continued, with Pierro finishing third, Proisir eighth and More Joyous 11th from barrier 11. ''They all ran well but they didn't run as I'd have liked - one, two, three,'' she said. Her assessment that More Joyous got caught wide would not have helped Singleton's state of mind.
There was no darkening Boss' mood. He'd shaken his head in disbelief as Ocean Park roared past the finish post.
''I just can't believe I'm here sometimes - just an uneducated boofhead who didn't finish grade 10.''
Hennessy was glad he was. ''I had a champion jockey on,'' he said. ''He's not the boss, he is the king!''