Bernard Fayd’herbe’s report that that he felt something amiss with July fancy Marinaresco during the running of the Gold Challenge on Saturday will be a red light for backers of the Silvano gelding.
But Gold Circle reported in a Press Release issued on Wednesday that Marinaresco was reportedly in fine fettle and on course for the Vodacom Durban July despite his below-par effort in last Saturday’s Rising Sun Gold Challenge and being lumbered with top weight in the big one.
The four-year-old started favourite for the Gold Challenge but seemingly failed to pick up and finished with only four of the 15-strong field behind him. Rider Bernard Fayd’Herbe reported to the stipes that he felt something amiss although the consequent veterinary examination failed to reveal anything wrong.
Candice Bass-Robinson said: “There was nothing amiss but I think the pace over a mile was a bit too hard for him and maybe he was racing a little bit too close to it for his liking. He is 100%.”