It took a while, but the super consistent performer three-year-old KIWI BOSS finally broke his maiden status at the ANZAC Day race meeting held at Bathurst.
After finishing second at his previous four outings it was very pleasing for all connections to see him cross the finish line ahead of all the other runners.
The chestnut gelding was foaled in New Zealand and has turned out to be a bargain buy for Scott considering he has recouped his purchase price many times over in his performances so far (17 starts for 1 win and 10 minor placings) amassing nearly $50,000 in prizemoney.
The owners, long time clients of the stable, were quick to snap up the shares in the son of Street Boss (USA) the dam being a daughter of the internationally acclaimed Group 1 winning stallion Elvstroem.
The punters were on the mark in selecting KIWI BOSS to produce a bold showing posting him as the second favourite ($2.70) behind the Bjorn Baker trained Loose Goose who started favourite at $1.80.
The in-form comeback jockey, Bobby El-Issa took up the opportunity to ride another winner for Scott and the team who train out of their Hawkesbury stables and once again he produced the goods.
KIWI BOSS was jumping from Barrier 1 and just after the start Bobby has his horse on the pace, on the fence sharing the lead.
Nearing 700 metres from home and realising the speed was a faster than he had wanted and Loose Goose had come up on his outside, the jockey eased and allowed that horse to travel ½ length ahead of him, two horses off the rails.
Prior to rounding the home turn, KIWI BOSS moved up nicely along the inside to be vying for the lead with 400 metres to go. Upon entering the home straight and balancing up for the run home KIWI BOSS was given some rein and asked for his final effort.
Bobby sensed his horse still had something to give and urged him along maintaining the gap to the favourite, Loose Goose, who was tenacious in his efforts.
With 50 metres to go the rider had victory in his sights and passed the winning post ½ length in front of Shepley, trained by Tracy Bartley, which had kicked back along the fence with Loose Goose finishing in third position.
Congratulations to the owners, Bobby El-Issa for a well thought out ride and of course KIWI BOSS for always putting in and possessing the ability to keep backing up for another round.