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Friday Flash – Wolf Power

The 1994 Schweppes Challenge

Lucky Nicolaidis has a library of racing memorabilia and sent us this Friday Flash – a page out of a racecard for the 1994 Schweppes Challenge.

Looking back to the race, Flaming Rock was attempting an unprecedented fourth win in the R400 000 Gr1 Schweppes Challenge.

1994 Gr1 Schweppes Challenge - PAS DE QUOI - finish

1994 Gr1 Schweppes Challenge – Pas De Quoi wins

The son of Ballad Rock ran into traffic problems on the final bend, when near the tail of the field in rather a slow run race.

When he finally found daylight he flew  in his customary manner, running the last 600m in 33 seconds (and last 400 in 22 seconds).

It was not enough, though, to catch Pas de Quoi and Take A Walk, who got  first run and are well out of reach.

The Schweppes was Pas de Quoi’s second Gr1 win this season, after the J&B Met, and the remarkable son of Roland Gardens was then well fancied for his next mission, the Rothmans July.

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4 comments on “Friday Flash – Wolf Power

  1. Pmb says:

    Loved that course and the Schweppes was one of the major highlights. Behind the Queen’s plate the mile race to win . Today’s equivalent is not quite the same and disappointing to see even “ milers giving it a miss if not drawn well. Flaming Rock absolutely flew up on that day and his supporters would have been gutted he didn’t add to his remarkable hat trick in that race. Maybe in another year it would have been enough but Take a walk , who had won the Queens plate that year pretty comfortably from handy , had set off early from a moderate pace , Howes on Pas de Quoi recognised the danger and went with him. They opened a decent lead on the field which was just too much for Flaming Rock to overcome even though the rest of field looked stationary in comparison. 3 in a row still amazing

  2. Seattle Slew says:

    Pas De Quoi is one of the unsung heroes of SA racing. As a 3yo he looked to have the world at his feet, only beaten by the draw in the Cape Guineas when a short head second, then posting a scintillating win in the Cape Derby. He then suffered a horrific attack, having his legs slashed by a vengeful groom. He was off the track for long periods after that and on his rare visits to the track, he looked a shadow of his former self. Then came that incredible comeback at age 7. His come-from-last win in the Met under Garth Puller is one of my favourite racing memories; flying second in the Drill Hall; and getting the job done in the above mentioned Schweppes Challenge. He was traveling better than anything else when impeded by Surfing Home in the July and would surely have won had it not been for that. Finally, a happy send off with another Gr 1 win in the Champion Stakes, having just turned 8.

    If this horse had not suffered those injuries and so many interruptions to his career, the mind boggles as to what he might have achieved. Considering what he went through, I rate him as one of the best horses to have been bred in this country.

    Mr Ed, if it is at all possible to find footage of his 1990 Cape Derby or 1994 Met wins, I would be most appreciative, thank you.

  3. Harold says:

    Wolf Power wasn’t the best 3 year old around in his year. Prince Florimund beat him repeatedly before being sold overseas.

  4. Cecil Pienaar says:

    So much to read on SP, geez almost missed this one, Thank you Lucky

    Aah, Wolf Power, Champion horse 🍺

    Agree Seattle, Pas De Quoi, another Champion

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