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Marinaresco’s Sister Wins Again

Blue blooded filly Marina looks another potentially smart sort for her now pensioned champion sire Silvano, and the Candice Bass-Robinson trained filly scored another good win at Kenilworth on Wednesday while taking her record to three wins from just six starts.

Third to the promising Pink Tourmaline at her previous start, Marina was sent off a well backed 13-10 tote favourite for Wednesday’s Racing Association FM 90 Handicap (F&M) (1800m) and duly obliged.

However, the favourite had no easy race, with Marina battling to find a clear passage in the running of Wednesday’s race, and it was only close home, after switching out around runners, that jockey Grant Van Niekerk managed to get the favourite into the clear, and when Marina hit the front, she powered clear to score a courageous half length win at the expense of Scented Mistress (22-10), with Jacqueline (14-1) a long neck away in third.

Bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein, Marina, who scored in a time of 113.17 seconds, provided her jockey with a third win on Wednesday’s card.

Her trainer described Marina as a “lovely filly, still immature and you will only see the best of her in six months time.”

Whatever happens, Marina looks sure to prove an attractive prospect when she retires to stud, with the filly a full-sister to the Bass-Robinson trained July winner, and Equus Champion, Marinaresco.

Marina is one of four winners, headed by the aforementioned Marinaresco and Kenilworth Cup hero Mercurana, by the twice winning Fort Wood mare Gay Fortuna, who ran third in both the Listed Winter Oaks, and Listed Sun Classique Handicap.

A half-sister to the Silvano sired G3 winning millionaire Bulsara, Gay Fortuna is now in foal to Wilgerbosdrift’s well performed young War Front stallion Fire Away.

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