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POCKET POWER

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photo cred: Charles Faull

There’s a reason that Pocket Power was affectionately referred to as the ‘People’s Champion’ and it may well have something to do with the stranglehold that the Mike Bass inmate had on the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate among a number of massive successes. 

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photo cred: Charles Faull

By the end of his storied career, the then eight-year-old had racked up three gongs as South Africa’s Horse of the Year, some R10-million in stakes thanks in part to 20 wins, half of those coming at horseracing’s highest level. 

Those 10 Group One,  the level recognised worldwide as the pinnacle of achievement in the sport, wins included four straight Queen’s Plate titles. In the period between 2006 and 2010, Pocket Power secured his legendary status by wowing those in attendance at the premier weight-for-age event over 1600m, a mile in racing speak, at Kenilworth.

It was in 2006 that racing fans first got to see Pocket Power claim graded success when taking out the Winter Guineas, Winter Classic, and Winter Derby as his connections kept him in the Cape as a three-year-old. 

The son of Jet Master enjoyed a first Queen’s Plate win at the end of the same year, ridden on that occasion by Jeff Lloyd and it was the only time that a horse was able to get really close to beating him in this particular contest as he got his nose in front at the line.

A month later and the combination teamed up to claim the Met, the first of three successes in the 2000m affair and the one in which he carried just 53kg – the lowest ever weight on his back during a fairytale career.

Fast forward a few months and the duo of Pocket Power and jockey Bernard Fayd’Herbe, which had already enjoyed four wins together during those graded race victories in winter, struck up a formidable partnership.

No other jockey would sit on his back for a race right up until his final start in the Met at the end of January in 2011.

During that time they would go on to chalk up seven Group One victories as they continued to dominate the Cape Summer’s and also added a memorable Vodacom Durban July, when dead-heating with Dancer’s Daughter in 2008, win as well as Gold Challenge success.

This was a horse that not only gave his connections the greatest of thrills as he provided them with a number of memorable moments but also had a legion of horseracing fans cheering him on every time he stepped out onto the track.

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 photo cred: Charles Faull

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