Legendary South African galloper Pocket Power registered an unprecedented fourth consecutive win in the G1 Queen’s Plate (1600m) at Kenilworth on Saturday.
Pocket Power (7g Jet Master – Stormsvlei by Prince Florimund) delivered his customary lethal finish to overhaul the pacemakers inside the final furlong in Cape Town. He comfortably held late closer Kapil (Jallad) by three-quarters of a length in a record breaking 1.37.16s.
“He’s a real champion and he proves it every time,” trainer Mike Bass said. “You can see he’s a little older and not doing it as easy. But he’s as game as they come. When he puts it in, it takes a heck of horse to beat him.”
Pocket Power is the only horse to win South Africa’s top mile race more than twice, let alone four times straight. He has been practically invincible in races around the Kenilworth turns, whether on the winter or the summer course, and can now boast nine wins from nine attempts over 1600m at the Cape Town venue.
Pocket Power is an older brother to G2 Clairwood Oaks winner River Jetez. Their dam Stormsvlei is an unraced half-sister to Harry’s Echoe (Harry Hotspur) who was a G1 winner of the Gilbey Stakes at Scottsville.
Pocket Power and his sire Jet Master (Rakeen) are the only racehorses in South Africa to record at least 8 Group 1 victories. Pocket Power has raced 34 times for 18 wins and over R9.22 million in prizemoney.
Jet Master won the 1999 Queen’s Plate and stands for R170,000 at Klipdrif Stud in the Western Cape. He is also the sire of Mythical Flight who holds the South African record for 1000m at 54.96s. He left home in 2008 but has since been unplaced in G1 sprints in Singapore, Hong King and England.
Another son, J.J. The Jet Plane, has been more successful overseas winning a G3 in Dubai and a G3 at Windsor before finishing third in the G1 July Cup at Newmarket last year.
Pocket Power will now be set for a tilt at a fourth straight J&B Met (G1) at Kenilworth on January 30.