Pocket Power set for fifth Queens Plate

South African legend Pocket Power notched his 20th win with an easy victory in the G2 Green Point Stakes at Kenilworth on Saturday.  He railed up to beat front-runner Grafton Street by over a length in the Cape Town feature mile.

“He seems to still have the talent and ability that he’s always had and it’s great to see him still showing some of that old magic on the big stage,” trainer Mike Bass said on Sunday.  “He pulled up nice and sound this morning, too.”

Pocket Power (8g Jet Master – Stormsvlei by Prince Florimund) defied the critics who doubted whether he could come up for another summer carnival in Cape Town.  

The South African champion won an unprecedented fourth G1 Queen’s Plate (1600m) at Kenilworth earlier this year and he was also going for another four-timer in the G1 J&B Met in January but had to settle for a close up third to his younger sister River Jetez.

Both races are on the radar again this season.

Pocket Power and his sire Jet Master (Rakeen) are the only racehorses in South Africa to record at least 8 Group 1 victories.  

Jet Master won the 1999 Queen’s Plate and nowadays stands 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.  

Pocket Power is from an unraced half-sister to Harry’s Echoe (Harry Hotspur) who was a G1 winner of the Gilbey Stakes at Scottsville.