Past Master Horse
Past Master Horse

Past Master - WPOTA Diadem Stakes (Grade 2)

(Photo : Gold Circle)

R2,500,000 J&B MET (Grade 1)

Kenilworth, Turf, 2000m

29 January 2011 

Andrew Harrison writes that win or lose, champion Pocket Power is likely to be given a rousing reception when he graces Kenilworth race track for possibly the last time when he runs in the R2,5 million J&B Met on Saturday, 29 January 2011.

The three-time winner of the Western Cape’s most prestigious race heads up a field of 17 that includes recent L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate winner Mother Russia, runner-up Tales Of Bravery, Sansui Summer Cup winner Flirtation and the exciting three-year-old Run For It.

Pocket Power shares joint top weight with the Mike de Kock-trained Rudra in this conditions event and forms part of a quartet of runners from the Mike Bass yard. Others include Fort Vogue, Rushing Wind and Super Storm.

Mike de Kock holds a formidable hand and will saddle three runners including Mother Russia, Rudra and Flirtation.

De Kock is the only trainer to have won the J&B Met with a three-year-old in recent history, firstly with Horse Chestnut in 1999 and to prove a point, Badger’s Coast followed up for the stable the very next year. This time round the lot falls to Justin Snaith who sends out Run For It.

Second to smart stable companion Solo Traveller in the Bloodstock SA Cape Guineas, Run For It was very unlucky in the Peninsula Handicap won by another J&B Met candidate, Lion In Winter, after running into serious traffic in the straight. With bottom weight of 52kg and from a very in form stable, Run For It will have many supporters.

The Darryl Hodgson-trained Past Master ran a poor race in the L’Omarins Queen’s Plate behind Mother Russia but his connections are bullish about his J&B Met chances and Hodgson has had three weeks to remedy any problems.

Extract from Gold Circle

R2,500,000 J&B MET (Grade 1)

FINAL FIELD

#

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

POCKET POWER

60.0

114

3

B Fayd’Herbe

Mike Bass

2

RUDRA

60.0

109

2

J Geroudis

Mike de Kock

3

BRAVURA

59.5

110

13

G Hatt

Joey Ramsden

4

FORT VOGUE

58.0

104

7

K Neisius

Mike Bass

5

RUSHING WIND

58.0

108

1

P Strydom

Mike Bass

6

IN WRITING (ARG)

58.0

97

6

M Winnaar

Dean Kannemeyer

7

PAST MASTER

57.5

114

15

G Schlechter

Darryl Hodgson

8

MOTHER RUSSIA

57.5

111

8

A Marcus

Mike de Kock

9

TALES OF BRAVERY

57.5

111

16

M Mienie

Vaughan Marshall

10

CELTIC FIRE

57.5

107

14

K Teetan

Yvette Bremner

11

LION IN WINTER

57.5

105

9

A Fortune

Joey Ramsden

12

LAST REGAL

57.5

104

12

M Yeni

Dean Kannemeyer

13

CASK

57.5

100

11

R Fourie

Stephen Page

14

PADDY O’REILLY

57.5

100

4

R Danielson

Glen Kotzen

15

SUPER STORM

57.5

99

17

A Domeyer

Mike Bass

16

FLIRTATION

57.0

104

5

A Delpech

Mike de Kock

17

RUN FOR IT

52.0

108

10

F Coetzee

Justin Snaith

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