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It was a case of “Girl Power” at Saturday’s Vodacom Durban July as Candice Bass-Robinson became the first woman to train the winner of the R4.25-million race.

HISTORY: BASS-ROBINSON BECOMES THE FIRST WOMAN TO TRAIN A DURBAN JULY WINNER

Marinaresco defies top weight to outsprint field in the finish.

Top-weight Marinaresco burst through over the final 200m to collar 4-1 favourite Al Sahem by a head to give Bass-Robinson a July winner in her first year as a trainer. She took over the yard from her father, Mike Bass, on 1 August last year.

Marinaresco was runner-up to The Conglomerate last year but this time, despite an additional 4.5kg on his back, came flying up late under Bernard Fayd’Herbe. He is the first horse to carry 60kg to victory in this race. The previous highest was 59.5kg carried by Heavy Metal in 2013.

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