Zangief scores first win at Bunbury
Mar 22, 2021
Street Boss three-year-old Zangief broke his maiden status at Bunbury on Sunday when taking out the Bull and Bush Charter Bus and Tours Maiden (1208m) in last-to-first style.
Ridden by Clint Johnston-Porter, the bay gelding started on the fourth line of betting at $7.50 and commenced awkwardly before being relegated towards the rear of the seven-horse field, however, he was able to work off the rail turning for home and let down with a sharp turn-of-foot.
Still having some work to do at the 200m mark, Zangief responded to Johnston-Porter's urgings with a strong finish to race past his rivals and defeat $2.35-favourite Youdoyou by a length, with Brekky With A Bang ($10) a further length away in third place.
Zangief has returned a better horse this preparation and put the writing on the wall for his winning performance when finishing a narrow second at Geraldton first-up on March 3 and has now had six race starts for a win and two minor placings.
The win capped off a good weekend for Pearce Racing and Johnston-Porter after they combined to take out the Listed Seacorp Grandstand Cup (1500m) with Dig Deep at Ascot on Saturday, as well as an eye-catching second with progressive filly Allmamoney in a support race on the same card.
The Pearce stable's last 20 starters have returned four winners, five seconds, two thirds and 12 top-five finishes.
[PHOTO: Western Racepix]
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