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LADBROKES GOLDEN JACKET - CRAYFORD 714m (£17,500)

First-Round Reaction

 

Roxholme Makes Dream Start In Jacket

 

Roxholme Dream 1/4F, (Timor Blue - Lemon Blossom, April 2012), got this year's Golden Jacket off to a flying start with a scintillating performance. Carrying the burden of ante-post favourite she gave her fans something to get really excited about scoring by 7L over Fort Hill Storm in 45.56. 

 

Bear Roars To Jacket Semi

 

Droopys Bear 5/4F, (Droopys Scolari - Droopys Panto, August 2012), put in an exhibition of trapping and front running to make all in this second heat. He went on to score by 3.25L over Black Francis in 45.69. 

 

Echo Defies Her Odds

 

Newinn Echo 14/1, (Westmead Hawk - Little Diva, March 2012), sent off at a whopping 14/1 Seamus Cahill's trial-stake winner showed it was no fluke by putting in a solid front running display. She never looked like being caught and crossed the line 2.5L to the good over Droopys Marian in 45.74.

 

Bond Completes Mission In Style

 

Rearguard Bond 7/2, (Hades Rocket - Home Belle, April 2012), he showed plenty of guts and determination at the opening corner to emerge in front. It was all over in terms of a contest from that point and he ran out a very impressive 6.5L winner over Kakantu in 45.61.

 

Jenny Races To Fastest Heat Win 

 

Racenight Jenny 2/1F, (Dukes Special - Droopys Laramie, December 2011), put in a sensational heat performance to come from behind to score readily by 3L over King Kane in the fastest time of the night 45.48. 

 

Chicago Hits Top Note 

 

Chicago 6/4F, (Milldean Panther - Bebo Babe, January 2012), Seamus Cahill told us in the the preview the 714m was a shot in the dark but if he was in front he'd not be worried. He was certainly in front with a smart break and although Chaotic Dotty was closing there was still 1.25L to spare in 45.71.

 

TOP SIX IN RACE TO HALFWAY 

 

 

Looking Ahead To Semi-Finals

 

Three very exciting semi-finals on Thursday afternoon for the Category One Ladbrokes Golden Jacket. 

 

Can Dream Make It Nine On The Bounce? 

 

I can't help but feel the sport is crying out for a new superstar and perhaps just maybe we have found one in the form of Roxholme Dream. Win or lose in the Jacket she is a marvellous greyhound and the sport should get behind her and celebrate this magnificent bitch. She's never been beaten over staying trips and she's now won her last eight races on the bounce and all at the top level.

 

The great Farloe Tango retired and it left a void in the staying category a bit like when Sir Alex Ferguson retired from football you think you'll never see their like again. In greyhound racing we are blessed and Roxholme Dream seems to be more than capable of filling the void left by the great Tango.

 

The Golden Jacket is not won yet and top quality greyhounds are forming a queue to pounce should she make a mistake. Connections and supporters of Racenight Jenny, Droopys Bear, Chicago, King Kane, Farley Rio, Kakantu, Rearguard Bond etc will all believe they have a chance of victory. 

 

Thursday's action will be explosive that much I can guarantee, dreams will be made and broken and we will know the six finalists that are set to shoot it out live on Sky Sports for the £17,500 first-prize on Tuesday 24th February.

 

Trainers View

 

Mark Keightley on Roxholme Dream

 

'We are delighted with her first-round performance, I think she can come away better and hopefully she will do that out of trap-five in her semi-final. She's come out of the race very well and we have no problems to report. Let's be honest we have a favourites chance but this is greyhound racing and anything can happen. Gold or silver on Thursday will do us and it would be brilliant to make the final'.

 

Julie Luckhurst on Fort Hill Storm 

 

'It's amazing to be in the semi-final a dream come true. We are only a small kennel and don't have the purse strings of the big kennels. To be in the same race with these stars is magnificent and we are so proud. Does not matter if A8 or open-class we give all the dogs the same and my staff work so hard. He ran the race of his life in the heats and I'm bursting with pride. I must thank Ladbrokes for their great sponsorship and to say I'm loving it would be a gross understatement. I don't know if he can reproduce that run but we will have fun trying and I'm happy with his draw'.

 

Kevin Boon on Kakantu and Farley Rio

 

'Phew I thought Farley Rio was out coming around the last bend so I'm delighted he made it to the semi-finals. Kakantu ran a very good race I thought and he's only young and is open to improvement. Happy with the draws and I know my dogs can go faster, Rio loves a fast track and if we can get a ping break in to him we have a chance of making the final. Kakantu needs to come away but if he does I see no reason why he can't run a big race. Respect to all the runners but I'm hopeful my boys can put in a good performance on Thursday'.

 

THURSDAY SEMI-FINALS DRAW 

 

(First-round heat time in brackets)

 

 

T1 Rearguard Bond (45.61)

T2 Wiki Waki Woo (46.15)

T3 Racenight Jenny (45.48)

T4 Chicago (m) (45.71)

T5 Kakantu (w) (46.13)

T6 King Kane (w) (45.72)

 

 

T1 Black Francis (45.95)

T2 Newinn Echo (45.74)

T3 Borna Champ (45.96)

T4 Farley Rio (m) (46.04)

T5 Roxholme Dream (m) (45.56)

T6 Malls Pride (w) (46.39)

 

 

T1 Bubbly Time (45.87)

T2 Chaotic Dotty (45.81)

T3 Millwards Amy (m) (46.23)

T4 Droopys Marian (m) (45.94)

T5 Droopys Bear (w) (45.69)

T6 Fort Hill Storm (w) (46.12