Pocket Power fights hard for third J&B Met win

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Pocket Power fights hard for third J&B Met win

Pocket Power, victorious.

THERE aren’t many commonly used adjectives left to describe him and history will reflect that Pocket Power’s third successive Grade 1 R2,5 million J&B Met was received with a loud, uproarious appreciation from around 35 000 people at Kenilworth on Saturday.

<div>The six-year-old star of the South African turf cemented himself as one of the all-time greats of the South African turf – a thoroughbred in a million – and boosted his career earnings to well over R7,5 million.</div>
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<div>He had to work very hard for it this time, fighting off a challenge from is year younger full-sister River Jetez and then digging down deep to keep a second spirited challenge from Dancer’s Daugter at bay.</div>
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<div>Pocket Power tracked Dancer’s Daughter about seven lengths off a decent pace set by Quick Millions ahead of Ivory Trail, Buy and Sell and Surfin’ USA with River Jetez several lengths further back towards the rear.</div>
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<div>Most of the jockeys got to work early in the straight including Bernard Fayd’Herbe on Pocket Power, who gathered momentum, ran past Dancer’s Daughter and hit the front about 300m from the line. Pocket Power looked almost home345 and dry with 150m to run but River Jetez made up ground hand over first and suddenly Dancer’s Daughter kicked into gear again and loomed up on his inside.</div>
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<div>But the gallant star lept going and hit the line 0.25 lengths clear of&#160;Dancer’s Daughter and Rover Jetez. Kapil stayed on for fourth.</div>
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<div>“He was at his best today,’’ said trainer Mike Bass. “He can be internationally competitive and perhaps we’ll send him to Dubai next season.’’</div>
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