6 November 2011 - Kilmore trainer and driver Pat Carrafa steered 5yo gelding Shnappy to victory in the feature Ken Pocock Memorial Pace at Bendigo on Saturday night, completing a double on the seven race card.
Carrafa also scored with 4yo Village Jasper mare Tess Finnegan in the 3BO FM Pace for C0 class (mares) over 1650 metres. In the Ken Pocock, Shnappy, baking up from an eye catching third to Flash of Freed at Kilmore last week, was given a good run in transit and swept up three wide on the swing into the straight. After hitting the top the mare defied the swoopers Longtan Luke, posted six wide on the bend, and Hall of Fame which overcasme a tardy start. Shnappy a son of Totally Western and So Stunning, posted a winning mile rate of 1:56.1 in the 1650 metre event. Tess Finnegan led throughout from the pole to break her maiden status at start number 12. She defeated Karim Vale which trailed from inside the second line, having every opportunity to run her down, with Dejayangel (one/two – three wide last lap) rounding ou the top three. The mile rate 1-58.3.
Ken Pocock's career in harness racing spanned more than 40 years and the highly skilled local horseman accumulated over 1400 winners during that time with names such as Royal Gaze (50 wins) Fosmar (50 wins) Roma Hanover, Saunders Arthur and Game Oro gracing his stables. Pocock won numerous Cups including the A G Hunter Cup, the Shepparton Cup (5 times) Ouyen Cup (4 times) Mildura Cup (twice), the Italian Cup and the Moomba Cup. He also drove in eight Inter Dominions, finishing third on Game Oro in Preux Chevalier's 1985 Final in Melbourne. - David Aldred