The talented FRANCISCA overcame a tough run in transit to register her first Saturday metropolitan win at Doomben on Saturday.
Stepping out for the first time as a four-year-old, the Steve O’Dea-trained mare began well but was posted three-deep without cover soon after.
Promising apprentice jockey Jackson Murphy sensibly didn’t panic and kept FRANCISCA balanced before letting rip in the straight.
With only 51kg on her back, the daughter of LOPE DE VEGA responded gamely and prevailed in a thrilling three-way photo finish.
Purchased for a bargain price of $37,500 at the 2016 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale, FRANCISCA has now accrued earnings of $83,000 in just 10 trips to the races.
FRANCISCA was Proven Thoroughbreds’ third winner since Wednesday and 26th for the calendar year.