j b met 2010
j b met 2010

THE J&B MET

KENILWORTH RACECOURSE

30 JANUARY 2010

Cape Town is rife with talk that Pocket Power’s shot at a fourth consecutive J&B Met will witness his come-uppance. Mike Bass, genius horseman that he is, won’t hear of it. He says the 7-year-old has never been better, and expects him to whistle past the R10 million earnings mark.

We purposely postponed this posting so we could get the very latest thoughts from the innermost minds of the best of the opposition. Looking at the betting, there’s no better man to talk to than Champion trainer, Charles Laird, who’s been second to Pocket Power in two of his three victories to date. Laird’s view is typically simple.

In Dan De Lago and Oracy, he has a brace of horses he rates better than both his previous runners-up, if Pocket Power’s colours are to be lowered, he believes it is most likely to come from his charges.

Stan Elley’s Kapil, a contemporary of the favourite, has never been better, though 2000 metres at the weights could find him out, despite a 2kg “pull” in his L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate second. Pace will, as always, play a big role, so if “dark” horse, Red Rake (also quietly fancied at 12-1), doesn’t cut it, Bass will have the contingency of Blue Tiger to provide it. For sure, the “Pocket” will need a pace to be at his best.

And then, of course, you can never discount a “July” hero in a race like this. Big City Life hasn’t quite shown his sophomore form of late, but he’s now supposedly back at his peak, and if his wide draw costs him, Glen Kotzen will still have Fabiani in reserve.

The last J&B Met winner from the rank outside draw, as far as we can remember, was Summerhill-raised, Angus, but without a contender in 2010, we’ve left the event to the gods!

FINAL FIELD

#

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

POCKET POWER

58.0

119

2

B Fayd’Herbe

Mike Bass

2

SMART BANKER

58.8

110

16

F Coetzee

Charles Laird

3

STRATEGIC NEWS

58.0

107

11

P Cosgrave

Dylan Cunha

4

BIG CITY LIFE

57.5

111

14

*K Teetan

Glen Kotzen

5

FOREST PATH

57.5

107

13

G Schlechter

Stephen Page

6

KAPIL

56.0

115

3

M Byleveld

Stan Elley

7

SURFIN’ USA

56.0

111

12

W Kennedy

Jacques Strydom

8

BLUE TIGER

56.0

108

10

S Randolph

Mike Bass

9

RED RAKE

56.0

105

1

S Cormack

Basil Marcus

10

THUNDERING JET

56.0

101

15

M Yeni

Paul Lafferty

11

DIAMOND QUEST

56.0

98

7

K Jupp

Mike Bass

12

LION’S BLOOD

56.0

98

6

R Danielson

Herman Brown

13

ORACY (NZ)

55.5

110

17

P Strydom

Charles Laird

14

DAN DE LAGO (AUS)

55.5

108

8

A Marcus

Charles Laird

15

FABIANI

55.5

108

5

R Fourie

Glen Kotzen

16

FORT VOGUE

55.5

101

4

K Neisius

Mike Bass

17

MOTHER RUSSIA

55.0

106

18

A Delpech

Mike de Kock

18

RIVER JETEZ

53.5

104

9

G Hatt

Mike Bass

BETTING

#

Horse

Current

Opening

1

POCKET POWER

16/10

18/10

14

DAN DE LAGO

4/1

4/1

13

ORACY

7/1

11/2

4

BIG CITY LIFE

12/1

7/1

6

KAPIL

12/1

16/1

9

RED RAKE

12/1

16/1

18

RIVER JETEZ

12/1

16/1

15

FABIANI

16/1

20/1

17

MOTHER RUSSIA

20/1

12/1

2

SMART BANKER

33/1

33/1

16

FORT VOGUE

50/1

33/1

5

FOREST PATH

66/1

50/1

3

STRATEGIC NEWS

66/1

50/1

7

SURFIN’ USA

66/1

50/1

8

BLUE TIGER

100/1

100/1

11

DIAMOND QUEST

125/1

50/1

10

THUNDERING JET

125/1

100/1

12

LION’S BLOOD

150/1

66/1

BETTING COURTESY OF BETTING WORLD AS AT 5AM 30 JANUARY 2010