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By unknown | Jan 22, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

The J&B Met final field selected itself when only 16 of the entrants stood their ground.

The J&B Met final field selected itself when only 16 of the entrants stood their ground.

The merit ratings of the field range from the Mike Bass-trained Pocket Power on 120 down to the Glen Puller-trained Quick Millions on 93.

Pocket Power has a great chance of writing a new chapter in South African horseracing history by winning the big race for the third year in succession and drew well at 10.

The Justin Snaith-trained Dancer's Daughter, who is the second-highest rated horse in the race on 114, receives 2,5kg from Pocket Power and drew wider at 13.

One of the best weighted on recent results is another five-year-old mare, the Bass-trained River Jetez, who beat Dancer's Daughter in the Grade I TBA Paddock Stakes over 1800m and is 2kg better off with her here.

There are five raiders in the field.

Buy And Sell from the Sean Tarry yard is 0,5kg worse off with Pocket Power than last year. The Andre Kirsten-trained Catmandu, who ran fourth in a 1600m handicap at Turffontein on Saturday, will receive only 2kg from Pocket Power.

The Mark Dixon-trained Surfin' USA could be one of the better candidates to cause an upset. This horse runs best fresh and has been given a break. He does, however, only receive 2kg from Pocket Power.

The Herman Brown-trained Great Rhythm is 0,5kg worse off with the Joey Ramsden-trained Ivory Trail since being beaten 3,75 lengths by him in the Grade 2 Peninsula Handicap over 1800m at Kenilworth.

Ivory Trail's win in that race makes him a place contender here.

The fifth raider is the Geoff Woodruff-trained Prince Asad. This horse has not reached the same heights as when hacking up by 4,25 lengths in last season's J&B Reserve Stayers over 2800m, beating River Jetez, whom he faces here on the same terms.

Bass's Floatyourboat turned into a useful pacemaker for Pocket Power in the L'Ormarins Queen's Plate and it will be interesting to see if he goes to the front again. MJ Byleveld rides him as Dean Kannemeyer has opted to run Le Drakkar in the Investec Cape Derby.

Bass's fourth runner, African Appeal, finished a 1,25 length third to Pocket Power two years ago and is now 1kg better off, which would give him a shout on paper.


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