going for treble

At the age of six and as competitive as ever, South Africa's champion racehorse Pocket Power is heading for equine immortality as he prepares for a possible treble.

At the age of six and as competitive as ever, South Africa's champion racehorse Pocket Power is heading for equine immortality as he prepares for a possible treble.

With the July already in the bag he now takes on the Western Cape's L'Ormarins Queen's Plate this Saturday and the J&B Met at the end of the month.

Voted the country's Horse Of The Year for the past two seasons and rated joint eighth in the world with Apache Cat at the end of the 2007/2008 Southern Hemisphere season, the outstanding Jet Master gelding virtually equalled the record of the mighty Politician when he dead-heated with the filly Dancer's Daughter in the Vodacom Durban July.

Trained by Mike Bass and ridden exclusively by Bernard Fayd'Herbe for owners Marsh Shirtliff of Cape Town and Arthur and Rina Webber of Port Elizabeth, Pocket Power appears unbeatable at the weights in Saturday's L'Ormarins Queen's Plate - after the decision by Justin Snaith to run Dancer's Daughter in the Paddock Stakes instead of taking on the champion in the weight-for-age event.

The showdown between the two stars - after their sensational performances in the Durban July - is now set to take place at the end of the month in the J&B Met.

If Pocket Power can complete the Western Cape "treble" he will qualify to rank as the greatest horse to race in the country and, as there are no plans at this stage for the gelding to embark on an international career, he could again line up in the Vodacom Durban July later in the season and a win would confirm that status.

The gelding was bred at the Zandvliet Stud out of the Prince Florimund mare Stormsvlei and boasts a record of 13 wins and 10 places from 26 starts with stake earnings amounting to R5709790. This record also includes back-to-back wins in the Ocean Basket Green Point Stakes over 1600m.

His most recent run was in the Diadem Stakes, a weight-for-age event over 1200m, where he moved up late on the leaders to finish a comfortable second.

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