Ken Nicol: Marinaresco could only manage a well beaten fifth in the US $1.5 million Dubai Gold Cup over 3200m on Saturday.
The race was won by Godolphin’s 18-10 favourite Cross Counter, who goes from strength to strength after also taking the Melbourne Cup last November.
He raced handy, and outstayed Ispolini (3-1) after a bit of a battle in the home stretch.
Marinaresco travelled well under Bernard Fayd’Herbe, and turning for home moved up on the rail to within a few lengths of the lead.
But he failed to find any extra, and could only plod into fifth many lengths off the winner.
The 3200m seemed to prove beyond him, certainly in this class.