RACING EXPRESS STAR OF JANUARY

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RACING EXPRESS STAR OF JANUARY

<p><strong>POCKET POWER, winner of the R2-million J&amp;B Met&nbsp;<br />
Trainer: Mike Bass; Jockey: Bernard Fayd’Herbe&nbsp;<br />
Owners: Marsh Shirtliff and Arthur and Rina Webber.<br />
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THE brilliant Jet Master five-year-old finished powerfully to trounce Our Giant by 1.25 lengths and become only the second horse in nearly three decades to win the Cape’s premier race twice running. His name is now openly mentioned with that of Politician, one of the greatest thoroughbreds seen in South African and the only other dual winner of the Met (1978 and ’79) since the conditions were changed in the early 1970s.<br />
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Photo: Pocket Power wins the 2008 J&amp;B Met</p>

<p>Less than a month before the 2008 Met, Pocket Power had racked up his second consecutive Queen’s Plate victory, a brilliant training feat by Mike Bass who had battled with his charge’s soundness during the winter season in KwaZulu-Natal last year.</p>
<p>Not that Bass, who is currently in Dubai for Sun Classique’s desert debut, was accepting many accolades post-race: “I pay my respects to Pocket Power. He’s awesome. Awesome!”</p>
<p>Co-owner Marsh Shirtliff said yesterday: “There are no words to express what it feels like owning a horse like this. He’s absolutely magnificent. We’re very privileged and blessed.”</p>
<p>Bass had indicated that Pocket Power might be sent to campaign overseas, take aim at the Gommagomma Challenge in Johannesburg in May or have another crack at this year’s Vodacom Durban July (he finished a 0.35-length fourth in the race last year).</p>
<p>When questioned about the bay gelding’s future, his owner commented: “Mike decides where the horse goes. I would imagine he’ll go to Durban for the season and we’ll make a decision after that.”</p>

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