Pocket Power and Trippi
(Photo: Gold Circle / Drakenstein Stud)
Pocket Power bags another win
One South African based stallion who’s screaming from the rooftops, is Drakenstein Stud’sdual Grade One winner, Trippi, who already has a USA Grade One-winning juvenile in R.Heat Lightning. That this was no fluke, is evidenced in the many Stakes winners that Trippi has thrown during his sojourn in Florida, USA, and this weekend he added to his list of accomplishments when Gourmet Dinner took the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes (GrIII) by an increasing 2 ¼ lengths. Gourmet Dinner’s record reads four victories and a second from five starts to date, and now you’d have to believe his trainer, Steve Standridge, is catching Kentucky Derby fever for next May.
Back at home, the Ocean Basket Green Point Stakes (Gr.2) served as the ideal prep for theL’Ormarins Queens Plateand the J&B Met, for three-times Horse Of The Year, Pocket Power, who strode away impressively from a team of young luminaries, which included the hitherto unbeaten Bravura, and Kahal’s Matchem Stakes hero, Tales Of Bravery.
Of course, this race was run under weight-for-age conditions, which means the principal protagonists started on pretty much equal terms, and that will be the case again in the L’Ormarins Queens Plate, for which Pocket Power tilts at victory for an astonishing fifth consecutive time.
However, the J&B Met will see the candidates separated in the weights to a degree, and that could bode well for those who toiled in his wake this weekend. The one thing we don’t know is just how wound up Pocket Power was, but if he was anywhere near his top, then the improvers could be closing on him when it gets to the business end of the J&B Met.
We’ve been saying all along, if Tales Of Bravery could finish within three lengths of Pocket Power on the weekend, he’ll still go to the Met with a pretty decent prospect of picking up the silver. He did just that on Saturday.