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January 10, 2010

Pocket Power takes the honours in L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate at Kenilworth

The amazing Pocket Power has done it again, winning his fourth successive L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate at Kenilworth Racecourse in Cape Town yesterday.

Kenilworth racing picture

It’s prime horse racing season at Kenilworth Racecourse in Cape Town

Writing in The Times this morning, racing corresponent Jimmy Lithgow contended: “Yesterday’s fourth successive victory by Pocket Power in the R1-million L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate confirmed his standing as one of the greatest horses ever to compete in this country.”

Pocket Power, ridden by regular jockey Bernard Fayd’Herbe, won in style, more than a length off second-placed Big City Life, who won the Durban July last year. Third place was tied between Kapil and Fabiani, Big City Life’s stable companion. The six-year-old bay gelding is jointly owned by Marsh Shirtliff of Cape Town and Arthur and Rina Webber of Port Elizabeth.

The Cape Town racing season will culminate in the J&B Met at Kenilworth, to be run on Saturday, January 30. Says Lithgow: “He will take on much the same field, with the inclusion of a couple of Gauteng challengers in Oracy and Dan De Lago, as well as star filly Mother Russia, in the J&B Met, in three weeks’ time, and could post a fourth straight victory in that race too to elevate his stake earnings to well over R10-million.”

“It’s a really special moment, to win his fourth Queens Plate,” Fayd’Herbe told www.sahracing.com. “He’s a real champion and he proves it every time.”

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