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The 2016 Ladbrokes Golden Jacket, was cranked up a notch on Saturday morning, when we witnessed the three semi-finals. In 41 previous runnings, the ante-post favourite has never won this prestigious category one competiton. With Patchys Kerry that could be about to change in emphatic style. The odds compilers where very impressed and she will now go off odds-on for the big decider on Tuesday week. 


1st Semi-Final 


Greyhound fans, love a dog that can come from last to first. They witnessed that incredible feat here with Clonmoyle Shane. Droopys Alberta was setting the pace and it looked like she would take some catching. Clonmoyle Shane though turned in sixth, passed every rival one by one and not even a second-bend bump could stop him. Jennifer March's greyhound got up close to come, to beat Droopys Alberta 1 and 1/2 lengths, in 46.08. 


2nd Semi-Final 


Could Patchys Kerry break the ante-post voodoo? You bet she can. The Mark Wallis trained star rocketed from the traps, roared to the front and started to open up a big gap. She crossed the winning line after one circuit in a mind boggling 22.94. That pace was too much for her rivals and she ran out a comfortable 4 and 3/4 lengths winner over the fast finishing Diesel Flo in 45.10. 


3rd Semi-Final 


Soviet Kenny took a flier in this 3rd semi-final and his connections must have thought he was about to book his place in to the final. It all changed though at the 7th bend when Oneco Sky hit the front. Kevin Boon's smart tracker quickly asserted and he ran out a 3 and 1/2 length winner over Racenight Jenny, who ran on well, clocking 45.53. 


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Mark Wallis has hit 2016 running and at the time of writing he's already won an incredible 34 open-races. On Tuesday week he sends out Patchys Kerry, who can become the first ante-post favourite to ever win the Ladbrokes Golden Jacket. 2015 was an amazing year for the Frank Taylor owned bitch. She landed the category one Champion Stakes (Romford) and made the final of the prestigious Puppy Derby (Monmore). 2016 could see this super talent eclipse those efforts, especially if she could land this £17,500 first-prize. She was superb in the heats and semi-final out of trap three, but she must now do it in the red jacket. Does that switch offer her rivals any hope? Mark Wallis landed the 2014 running with Hometown Honey, can he land his second jacket title here with Patchys Kerry? 


Clonmoyle Shane is a greyhound that is an emerging talent, his running style of coming off the pace is winning fans and plaudits alike. It seems the further he goes the better he gets, if the race got messy up front he is more than capable of pouncing. The final will only be his 17th career start in the UK (two previous races in Ireland) and although he's only managed two victories, one of those came in the semi-final. Jennifer March has history in the Golden Jacket, she made the final all the way back in 1988 with Special Gamble. Could Jennifer land this amazing race in 2016?


Oneco Sky is a real credit to Kevin Boon, he's taken to Crayford like a duck to water. In 25 UK starts he's won 4 races, two of those have come here with impressive heat and semi-final victories. He's no stranger to taking on the big names and he seems to be hitting top form at just the right time. 


Diesel Flo, Droopys Alberta, and Racenight Jenny are all here on merit. Any of these three are more than capable of landing the race. It's set to be one of the real highlights of 2016 and it promises to be a race to really savour. 


I caught up with Jennifer March ahead of the big final to get the lowdown on Clonmoyle Shane. 


“He is a real character, sometimes he refuses to walk and it takes two of us to jacket him up. He is 100% genuine but he definitely does have his own ideas. I have to say this dogs put a spring in my step, he's rejuvenated us and it's brilliant to have a nice dog running in these big races. We have enjoyed success before but it does seem like a very long time ago now. Special Gamble made this final in 1988 and we won the Produce Stakes in 1992 with her daughter, Ultimate Gamble. Pixie Pickpocket was a fantastic stayer for us in the 1960's and in the 1970's we had Tough Jackie. We never really had a star at the turn of the century but it's great to potentially have one again now.”


“It's going to be tough in the final and he will need the front runners to hold each other up but he is improving all the time. I think his future will be over marathons but I'm old school and think he's a bit young to step him up just yet. He is a late developer and he's had, let's say sat nav problems but with experience that is getting better. The switch comes on after one circuit and he starts to race, what he lacks in common sense he makes up for in stamina. We are going to enjoy this final and enjoy this greyhound, we only have nine racers now, the lowest since we started in 1963. I have to thank my daughter Carol, she does all the hard work these days with him. I'm not getting any younger but there is very much life in the old dog yet. I will be shouting Shane on and I'm so pleased for his owner, it looks a big ask to win it but you never know in greyhound racing. A huge thanks to Ladbrokes and everyone at Crayford for putting the race on and may the best greyhound on the night win it'. 





T1 Patchys Kerry

T2 Diesel Flo 

T3 Racenight Jenny 

T4 Droopys Alberta 

T5 Oneco Sky (m)

T6 Clonmoyle Shane (w)