Marina, the four-year-old Silvano filly who in January ran a mere neck short of outstanding champion, Captain’s Ransom at level weights in the Grade 1 Paddock Stakes, is still on track for a crack at the Durban July.
She was always trailing in the Tibouchina Stakes over an inadequate 1400m at Greyville on Saturday. The slow early pace was completely against this leggy specimen who was dropped out to last by jockey Craig Zackey. Instead, Marina relishes a considerably longer route and test of stamina having done her best work as an immature three-year-old from middle distances up to 2400m in soft ground.
Marina is closely related to 2017 July hero, Marinaresco, who also shrugged off a few duff efforts in his career before landing the big prize. She has won 8 of 17 starts and could yet be a threat in the Durban July as she rounds into peak form, especially when getting her preferred set up – a true run 2200m.