MARINARESCO (by Silvano – Gay Fortuna by Fort Wood) winner of the Champions Cup Gr1 on 31 July 2016 by 1,25 lengths from Judicial, No Worries and Saratoga Dancer. Marinaresco was 2nd in the Vodacom Durban July Gr1 and 3rd in the Investec Cape Derby Gr1.
Marinaresco has recently been awarded a merit rating of 110. Durban-based handicapper Mathew Lips said, “It was not the strongest Gr1, but in time he will probably be running to a higher figure. We have not seen a horse in SA for some time with his acceleration. He made up some 17 metres in the straight in the Vodacom Durban July and, from a hopeless position, was beaten just 1/4 length.”
It was the legendary Cape trainer Mike Bass’s last day before official retirement and he landed the race named in his honour. Jockey Grant van Niekerk called Marinaresco the next “Pocket Power”. The latter horse also raced in the famous blue, pink and white colours of Marsh Shirtliff.