Kirov Boy freewheeled to his first black-type success in the LR Pinjarra Cup (2300m) on Sunday.
The Arthur Mortimer trained homebred completed a winning weekend for jockey Danny Miller – the veteran hoop rode Canyousee Me Smile (Stormy’s Son) to victory in the Mingenew Cup (2000m) on Saturday.
“We overworked him last month and there was no get up and go the Bunbury Cup,” Miller said. “Arthur and I knew where we went wrong and he rallied to the job today. We always knew he could do it.”
Kirov Boy (5g Zentsov Street – Bella Pia by Dante’s Fury) led out of the straight the first time around and lasted long enough to defeat Ask Me Nicely (Ustinov) and Global Flirt (McFlirt) by a three-quarter length margin. He has won 7 races and $316,055 in prizemoney for Mortimer who bred him from a half-sister to his G2 Lee-Steere Stakes winner Tribula (Tribu).
The Pinjarra Cup was also a black-type first for Yarradale Stud sire Zentsov Street (USA). The Nureyev stallion was a Listed winner at Santa Anita and was also Group 1 placed in the Dewhurst Stakes in England and Hollywood Derby in the USA.
Mortimer indicated his front-runner will be set for the inaugural running of the $120,000 Western Australian Cup (3200m) at Ascot on April 11.
BOY OH BOY
Owner-breeder-trainer Arthur Mortimer gives the thumbs-up after the Pinjarra Cup