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February 02, 2010

River Jetez owner talks about victory at 2010 J&B Met

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J&B Met winner River Jetez, ridden by jockey Glenn Hatt, wearing the colours of co-owners Cedric and Barbara Amm. Photo courtesy Golden Circle

Racehorse owner, Marsh Shirtliff, had an exceptional day at the races on Saturday when four of his horses ran in the J&B Met, including the race winner, River Jetez, and her famous brother, Pocket Power.

Shirtliff is co-owner of River Jetez, with Cedric and Barbara Amm. He also has a two-thirds ownership in her full blood brother, Pocket Power (placed third in the J&B Met after winning it for the previous three years), with Rina and Arthur Webber owning the other third, and he has an equal share partnership in Fort Vogue (placed fourth in the J&B Met) and in Blue Tiger, who ran 14th.

As an owner of the already famous Pocket Power, Shirtliff says he took an interest in River Jetez at the two year-old sales four years ago. 

“Pocket and River are full siblings,” says Shirtliff, “which makes this all the more remarkable.”

The two horses were born and bred in the Cape. Their father is the champion stallion Jet Master who stands at Klipdrift Stud in the Robertson district, and they are out of the mare Stormsvlei, originally from the Zandvliet Stud near Ashton. 

Although he is delighted by River Jetez’s victory, Shirtliff says there was a wonderful camaraderie among the owners and trainers at the J&B Met: “Everyone was willing Pocket to win.”

The question is, did Shirtliff make a packet with bets on his own horses on Saturday?

“I had a small bet on Pocket,” he laughs, “but other than that no bets.”

See photos of the fashion at the 2010 J&B Met: J&B Met in full colour: Photos

For more on the celebrities who were there: Famous faces at the 2010 J&B Met

For the story about how River Jetez narrowly took the title at the 2010 J&B Met: River Jetez wins 2010 J&B Met thriller.

Read another interview with River Jetez’s trainer here: J&B Met glory for trainer.

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