“THE good ones always seem to get their heads down when it counts,” said jockey Bernard Fayd’Herbe after he’d partnered Candice Bass-Robinson’s four-year-old Marinaresco to the narrowest of wins in the Gr2 Drill Hall Stakes over 1400m at Greyville, Saturday.
The distance was patently too short, but Marinaresco accelerated well, ran into a gap between Victrious Jay and Saratoga Dancer and stuck a wet nose in front at the line.
Fayd’Herbe, who looked lean and mean when we bumped into him at the National Yearling Sale last week, is one of the “good ones” too – he rode a typically driving finish to get Marinaresco home for owners Mike Bass, Marsh Shirtliff, Freddie Green and Bryn Ressell.
Adding to the excitement was that Marinaresco races in the famous blue-and-pink silks of the mighty Pocket Power – and with Fayd’Herbe sporting those silks, at Greyville, memories of the champion are always stronger.
‘Marresco’, ‘Marinesco’, ‘Marisco’ – a name our TV crews just can’t seem to master – is being prepared for the Vodacom Durban July and assistant trainer Robert Fayd’Herbe commented: “I said to the owners that I’d be happy if he’d finish within two or three lengths off the winner. We haven’t done too much with him, he’s a game little horse!”
Bernard Fayd’Herbe said: “This was too short for him, but horses that quicken like Marinaresco can do it over any distance. Well done to all involved, it’s great to ride a good horse.”
Marinaresco was bred by Mauritzfontein Stud. He’s a son of Silvano from the Fort Wood mare, Gay Fortuna, and was a R1,3-million buy at the 2014 BSA National Yearling Sale.
Headline photo: Marinaresco (Bernard Fayd’Herbe) led in by Robert Fayd’Herbe and groom.