Pocket Power and Dancer’s Daughter
A capacity Greyville crowd witnessed race favourite, Pocket Power, son of Champion sire Jet Master, and the awesome grey filly, Dancer’s Daughter, daughter of Shadwell Stud-based Act One, slugging it out in a nail-biting sprint to the post for a thrilling finale to the Vodacom Durban July 2008.
In the end, the Mike Bass-trained 2007 Horse of the Year, Pocket Power, piloted by Bernard Fayd’Herbe, could not be separated from the top class Dancer’s Daughter, trained by Justin Snaith. The judges were left scrutinising the “photo finish” before declaring a dead-heat, only the second dead-heat in the race’s 112 year history.
This win starts a new chapter in Pocket Power’s illustrious career, as he is now certain to follow in the footsteps of other Vodacom Durban July champions, London News and Ipi Tombe, and travel overseas to race in some of the planet’s most prestigious races.
Dancer’s Daughter’s shared win provided another Vodacom Durban July victory for the popular Kevin Shea, who emotionally thanked his Durban “hometown” fans for their support.
Third across the line was the plucky Bound By Honour, trained by Sean Tarry, with another filly, Pocket Power’s full sister River Jetez wrapping up fourth.