Debut win fuels Derby hopes for San Padre
Sep 18, 2014
Exciting young stayer San Padre has the Victoria Derby in his sights after an impressive debut win at Sale.
Trainer Mick Kent said the Teofilo colt had "buckets loads of stamina" and would be fast-tracked to stakes class next start at Flemington where he would contest the Listed UCI Stakes (1800m) on October 4.
San Padre faced a decent test over 1717 metres at his debut and showed a touch of class, prevailing in a three-way finish to land Thursday's Laurels Function Centre Maiden.
Fancied at $5, he settled off the pace with jockey Vlad Duric clicking him up to stay in touch before making his run four-wide around the field on the home turn.
He loomed up to the leaders approaching the 200 metres but needed the length of the straight to win, lunging on the line to score by a nose from San Telmo, with Nozomi a long head away third.
"I thought I had the race well and truly won when I straightened, and he found a length, then he just held his spot," Duric said.
"In his defence, it was his first start and he is a beautiful big colt who is definitely going to improve as the races get longer."
Kent said the San Padre, who was a $250,000 yearling at Sydney's 2013 Inglis Premier Sale, was still unsure how to win and had a lot to learn.
"He has buckets loads of stamina, but he doesn't know how to 'kill' yet, and it is something we have to teach him," Kent said.
"He's a horse I have got a bit of time for, but he probably needs to start beating a few horses on the track."
Kent said the 2500 metres of the $1.5 million Derby at Flemington on November 1 looked ideal for San Padre, who he described as typical of the Teofilo breed.
"He is big, strong and tough," Kent said. "I think he is a horse who is going to need a mile and a half."
Hopes are high for owners Errol Campbell, Peter Fusca, Adam Gay, Andrew Harmon, Peter Henley, Paul Henley, Rob Le Brasse, and Craig Mathieson.
San Padre has plenty of depth in his pedigree.
His Fastnet Rock winning dam San Cristobel, was city-placed, while his Group One placed grand-dam Galapagos Girl was a dual Group Three winner over 1400 metres, and one of nine winners from an unraced sister to Centaine.