The Arrowfield bred four-year-old San Fermin landed the biggest win of her 13 race career, when scoring a dramatic victory in the G3 Sycamore Sprint, run over 1160m at Turffontein on Saturday.

Trained by Michael and Adam Azzie, the Drakenstein Stud owned filly had won her last start when successful over 1200m at Turffontein and she was duly dispatched an 8-1 shot for the R250 000 for fillies and mares.

San Fermin was slow into stride, and jockey Marco Van Rensburg settled her at the back of the 13 horse field, as her stable mate Frederico’s Dream cut out the early running.

Stuck at the back of the field, along with former G2 Golden Slipper winner Desert Rhythm, San Fermin appeared to battle to find running room, but Van Rensburg switched his filly around runners before delivering a strong late challenge, which saw the Australian bred fly up and deny the G3 winning favourite Schippers victory by 0.3 of a length.

Schippers, who was conceding San Fermin 3kgs, was gallant in defeat, although the winner would have been an unlucky loser judging by her rough passage. Progressive 3yo Dancing Queen picked up some valuable black type back in third –just over a length off the winner, while fourth place finisher Desert Rhythm (like Dancing Queen a daughter of Mambo In Seattle) looked a hard luck story, with that filly failing to find running room when trying to come from last.

San Fermin claimed her first black type win in a time of 68.12 and she has now won five of 13 outings, with the Sycamore win taking her earnings to R504 938.

An $100 000 buy from the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale draft of Arrowfield Stud, the filly is one of 18 stakes winners sired by Murrulla Stud’s G1 AJC Galaxy Hcp winner Charge Forward (whose dam is South African G1 winner Sydney’s Dream).

San Fermin, whose placed efforts included a runner up finish in the G3 Three Troikas Stakes, is out of the Redoute’s Choice mare Choice Blend – a half-sister to multiple G1 winner Bentley Biscuit.


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