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

The first category one competition of 2016 started at Crayford on Saturday night; the Ladbrokes Golden Jacket, which was first run back in 1975. This outstanding competition moved to Crayford in 1987 and it has rightly become one of the real highlights in the greyhound calendar. This year's competition attracted an amazing entry, headed by Patchys Kerry, to date no ante-post favourite has landed the title. Could Patchys Kerry be the greyhound to buck that trend? 

 

It was a night of big performances, none more so than Droopys Tamera in heat one. The 2015 St Leger runner-up was at her very best here. Blasting from the traps, she quickly put the race to bed. It was vintage Tamera and her performance was packed with pace and power. Droopys Tamera crossed the line 7 and 1/2 length in front of Boherna Pedro, in 44.91 (+40). Droopys Tamera, won the Kent St Leger, over this course and distance in 2015, and this victory, ensured she remains unbeaten over the 714m in five starts. 

 

So often in this competition the ante-post favourite has crashed out in round-one but. Patchys Kerry won’t be joining that list; Mark Wallis' talented bitch made light work of her rivals in heat five. The 2015 Champion Stakes heroine, was quickly in to stride, she made ever metre a winning one, to score by 6 lengths, in 45.42 (N). It was not only the end time that was impressive; Patchys Kerry recorded a scintillating 23.06 sectional. 

 

HEAT WINNERS (SECTIONAL TIMES IN BRACKETS)

 

Heat 1: Droopys Tamera, 44.91 +40, (23.13)

Heat 2: Oneco Sky, 45.13 +40, (23.16)

Heat 3: Racenight Jenny, 45.48 +30, (23.58)

Heat 4: Black Francis, 46.03 N, (23.75)

Heat 5: Patchys Kerry, 45.42 N, (23.06)

Heat 6: Diesel Flo, 45.44 N, (23.36)

 

Full results here http://www.gbgb.org.uk/resultsMeeting.aspx?id=135853 

 

SEMI-FINALS SATURDAY 13th FEBRUARY (RPGTV)

 

Three top-class semi-finals with 18 greyhounds chasing a place in the big final, which is live on Sky Sports, on Tuesday 23rd February. 

 

All eyes, are immediately drawn to the second semi-final and what a race this will be. Patchys Kerry v Droopys Tamera, whoever wins this, will surely go off favourite, in the £17,500 decider. Both bitches are in superb form, but the opposition they face is also top-class. I decided to catch up with Dean Childs, and get his thoughts before this big semi-final contest. 

 

DEAN CHILDS ON DROOPYS TAMERA

 

'This race is a big target for us, Tamera has been trained specifically for it, and I'm delighted with her performance in the heats. I think she will come on for the run, it's a tough semi-final, but I'm optimistic about her chances. Crayford is my home track, it would be fantastic to win this prestigious competition. We have some way to go, but it is a honour to be the only Crayford representative.” 

 

“Tamera loves Crayford, she's unbeaten over the 714m, and I think she's a bit underestimated. 2015 was a brilliant year, we made the final of the TV Trophy, finished runner-up in the St Leger, and of course she won the Kent St Leger here. She is highly proven, and is a good solid performer, I'd not swap her for any other greyhound in the competition. She is running well but like always, you need that bit of luck, if you are going to come out on top”. 

 

 

DRAW

 

1st Semi-Final

 

T1 Black Francis

T2 Mays Petal

T3 Droopys Alberta

T4 Lulus Jackyblue

T5 Farneys Cookie (m)

T6 Clonmoyle Shane (w)

 

2nd Semi-Final

 

T1 Lemon Lyric

T2 Rearguard Bond

T3 Patchys Kerry

T4 Diesel Flo

T5 Dashing Star (m)

T6 Droopys Tamera (w)

 

3rd Semi-Final

 

T1 Racenight Jenny

T2 Aayamzamodel 

T3 Boherna Pedro 

T4 What Fun Gracie

T5 Oneco Sky (m)

T6 Soviet Kenny (w)