pocket powerPocket Power with Bernard Fayd’Herbe aboard
(Photo : Gold Circle)

Kenilworth racegoers yesterday witnessed a dramatic day’s racing filled with elation and despair. The fancied daughter of Act One, Dancer’s Daughter, failed in her attempt to repeat her success from last year in the Paddock Stakes whilst the son of Jet Master, Pocket Power, obliterated the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate field to record his third successive victory in the feature race.

Nicola Hayward writes for Thoroughbred Internet that in the Paddock Stakes (Gr1), Gauteng-based filly Emblem Of Liberty took the honours by beating favourite, Dancer’s Daughter, in some style, even though this was her first attempt at the 1800m trip. The four-year-old daughter of National Emblem, out of the Kendor mare, Dafka, was bred at Odessa Stud by Lionel Cohen who also owns her in partnership with Mrs C Cheyne, whose husband Greg Cheyne raced the horse to victory ahead of River Jetez (Jet Master) in second and Dancer’s Daughter (Act One) in third.

In the feature race, the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate (Gr1), Pocket Power rewrote the history books by taking line honours for the third consecutive year.

The six-year-old gelding, trained by Mike Bass and piloted by Bernard Fayd’Herbe, maintained an unbeaten record over the Kenilworth mile running out an impressive winner. Pocket Power (Jet Master) looked a picture going down to the start and by the time the field had turned for home, the powerful bay was mid-field. He found another gear in the straight to comfortably beat Our Giant (Giant’s Causeway) into second, with Kapil (Jallad) flying at the finish to take third.

The next clash for many of the day’s runners will be the J&B Met at Kenilworth on 31 January, where Pocket Power will be gunning for “another” third successive victory.