Veteran jockey Danny Miller says a conversation with trainer Arthur Mortimer was the catalyst for Kirov Boy’s upset win in the Tab Touch Pinjarra Cup (2300m) on Sunday.
Kirov Boy cast aside poor form when he led for the majority of the race to defeat Ask Me Nicely by just under a length with Global Flirt close behind in third position.
Hot favourite Tick Tick Bloom, hoping to become the fourth mare to win the Bunbury Cup-Pinjarra Cup double in the past 25 years, ran fourth.
Kirov Boy, a Zentsov Street gelding, turned the tables after finishing well behind Tick Tick Bloom in the AHA Cup (2019m) and Bunbury Cup (2200m).
“He only had one run leading into the Bunbury Cup and I think we overworked him,” said Miller on TAB Radio.
“We were trying to rush him and he was too leg weary in the Bunbury Cup.
“He didn’t even want to jump and get up and go that day.
“The extra weight is also making it a little bit harder when they can’t get up and go.
“It was a bit disappointing but Arthur and I had a coffee and worked through what we did wrong.
“We still worked him but not as hard and he rallied to the job.
“We always knew he could do it.”
Kirov Boy, who advanced stake earnings to $291,055, will tackle the inaugural Western Australian Cup (3200m) at Ascot on April 11.
The five-year-olds seventh win from 30 starts capped a perfect weekend for Miller who claimed a feature country race double.
The 67-year-old scored a comfortable victory on Canyousee Me Smile in the Mingenew Cup (2000m) on Saturday.
“I was keen to ride this horse in the Geraldton Cup but a rider had already been booked,” said Miller.
“I led all the way on him and it was great to be part of another cup success.”
Miller’s victory broke the stranglehold of Simone Altieri who rode five of the six winners on the Mingenew programme.