2008 -The Family July

It's 12 years ago - time flies!

2008 Gr1 Vodacom Durban July (photo: Gold Circle)

Justin and the grey flyer  (photo: Gold Circle)

The dead-heat in the 2008 Vodacom Durban July between 5yo gelding Pocket Power and the grey filly Dancer’s Daughter must go down as one of the most dramatic finishes in the African racing showcase this century.

David Thiselton reported on www,goldcircle.co.za that Mike Bass’ Pocket Power started 28/10 favourite and Justin Snaith’s Dancer’s Daughter, receiving 5kg, was 8/1 second favourite.

It was a race that was a family affair, too!

Mike Bass and Justin Snaith’s father Chris had shared a house as students and had started their training careers together in the Cape Hunt amateur ranks.

Chris was the first to take out his professional license and Mike was his assistant for a year. They were each other’s best men and their children grew up as close friends. Justin was assistant to Mike at one stage too, while Bernard Fayd’herbe, Pocket Power’s jockey, and Justin were great friends.

Watch the race here and tell us where your fancy finished!


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