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Big City Life out to settle score with Pocket Power
South Africa: Big City Life has a score to settle with Pocket Powerand trainer Glen Kotzen is convinced that his four-year-old can beat South Africa's champion, if not in the Queen's Plate over 1m on Saturday, then certainly over the extra 2f of the J & B Met on January 30.
The Durban July winner was no match for Pocket Power when the pair reappeared at Kenilworth a month ago and is officially rated 8lb behind him, but Kotzen was invariably proved correct with his predictions for his stable star last season.
Kotzen said: "My horse has definitely come on since his last run, he is peaking at just the right time and he is now in top class form. I think he will give Pocket Power a run for his money on Saturday.
"I am already thinking about the Met. Big City Life is unbeaten over ten furlongs and I think he can beat Pocket Power."
Kotzen points out that his four-year-old again has his lucky number ten draw in Saturday's Kenilworth feature. He had the same draw in last season's KRA Guineas, the Daily News and the July - and he won all three races.
Kapil was beaten a length and a half when third to Pocket Power in last year's Queen's Plate and Stan Elley reports his horse bang on target.
He said: "Kapil's last two runs suggest he might be better this season. Certainly heis trimmer and he worked very nicely over nine furlongs on sand on Saturday."
Ivory Trail sprang a 25-1 shock when beating Pocket Power at Clairwood in July but trainer Joey Ramsden reckons that his charge is far more likely to finish third or fourth this time.
Last season's South African Classic winner Forest Path has been switched from Mike De Kock to local trainer Stephen Page to be prepared for this race and the Met.
Page said: "He is a difficult horse to assess but I'm a bit sceptical that he is yet back to his best."