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

The Ladbrokes Golden Jacket, first run in 1975, had never seen the ante-post favourite land this prestigious event. That 42 year voodoo was not only broken, it was smashed to smithereens. Patchys Kerry romped to victory in the £17,500 to-the-winner decider for Champion Trainer Mark Wallis, to land the first Category 1 competition of the year in emphatic style.

 

Patchys Kerry was unbeaten heading to the final, but she had done her winning in the heats and semi-final from trap-three. Would the switch to trap-one give her opposition a glimmer of hope? Not a chance; she rocketed out and set a ferocious pace that her rivals just simply could not live with. She recorded a mind boggling sectional of 22.84, the 380m track-record set by Target Harris stands at 22.88. From halfway it was simply a race against the clock, could she rattle the 714m track-record of 44.57 set in 2001 by Double Take? While Patchys Kerry was racing against the clock, the rest had a battle on for the placings. Diesel Flo won the battle for second over Oneco Sky, but at the line she was 6 and 1/2 lengths down on the new champion. The crowd was buzzing as they waited for the time to be announced; 44.94 (+30). The track-record survived, but this amazing performance by Patchys Kerry will live long in the memory. The Mark Wallis trained, Frank Taylor owned superstar is now a dual Category 1 winner, having previously won the Champion Stakes at Romford. On this evidence, it probably won't be her last big race success and she is sure to be a force in all competitions she enters. 

 

MARK WALLIS ON PATCHYS KERRY 

 

“Patchys Kerry really took to the track, she was fantastic in the trial-stakes, heat and semi-final. I'm delighted with her performance, her sectional was phenomenal. I really could not be more pleased. We have started the year so well and to land the first big race of the year gives us a great platform for the rest of the year.” 

 

“Going forward, I think we will keep her to competitions; she's enough pace to step back down to six-bends. Regency (Hove), Grand Prix (Sunderland) and the St Leger are the big targets. No firm plans have been made but I'd expect that to be the route we take.”

 

It was an amazing night for you landing an impressive four-timer, including the Peter Bussey Memorial for an incredible fifth year on the trot. Talk us through your runners please Mark. 

 

“I'm so glad Swift Whirlwind has landed a competition. He's hit the bar a few times in big finals but it's great to get him over the line in one of them. He ran terrifically, I was worried when Farneys Cookie turned second; he is a quality dog who is doubly strong over this kind of trip. Whirlwind managed to hold him off and he got his win. This race may not be the biggest in the calendar but to win it five years on the spin is incredible, it's been a lucky race for us and it's a great supporting race to the Golden Jacket.”

 

“Ribble Aon is improving and she's giving a lot of fun to Lord Hesketh, I was very pleased with her run and it's great to see her taking her Towcester form on the road. Aayamzamodel is now retired and just like Adageo Bob she signed off with a win. I think she's been a terrific bitch for the kennel and I'm sure she will be a success in the breeding paddocks.

It was a wonderful night, I'd like to thank everyone connected with Crayford and Ladbrokes. They looked after everyone and I'm sure the night was a big success.” 

 

SUPPORTING CARD 

 

You have to hand it to everyone connected with Crayford. They staged a marvellous night of action. Races over 380m, 540m, 714m, 1048m and two hurdle races. Top quality action over various distances, looks like a blueprint for success to me. 

 

The racing office got their rewards with some sensational performances. The 714m track-record survived, but the 1048m clock went in some style. Roxholme Magic is not only back, she is back with a bang. She landed this £1,048 first prize by a whopping 14 and 1/2 lengths, setting a new track-record of 68.59 (+60). What is even more remarkable is she suffered bumping and had to come from off the pace. The previous clock of 68.80 was set in 2014 by Musical Fawn. 

 

One of the most incredible performances on the night came from Droopys Tamera, who was unfortunate to be eliminated in the Golden Jacket semi-finals. Tamera was looking for consolation and what unfolded will have shocked even her biggest fan. After being badly crowded at the opening bend, she was out with the washing, victory looked almost impossible after one circuit of this 714m event. It was a case of seeing is believing, but she just seemed to take off with 200m remaining. One by one she passed her rivals to get up and win going away by 1 and 3/4 lengths, in 45.45 (+40). 

 

Mark Wallis scooped a four-timer on the night; He landed The Peter Bussey Memorial trophy, worth £2,000 to-the-winner, with Swift Whirlwind. He made every metre of the 540 a winning one, to score by 1/2 length, over Farneys Cookie, in 33.46 (+30). To go with the two big race successes he also had Ribble Aon win in the 540m bitches clocking 33.89 (+30) and Aayamzamodel in the Tony Morris Memorial clocking 33.83 (+30).