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PINPOINT RECRUITMENT THREE STEPS TO VICTORY - SHEFFIELD (£10,000)

Patchys Kerry winning the Ladbrokes Golden Jacket at Crayford in February

 

 

Patchys Kerry may have just failed to get up close home in step one over 480m, but there was no mistake here over 500m. The dual category one winner (Champion Stakes 575m 2015 & Golden Jacket 714m 2016), was in sublime form. Mark Wallis' talented lady rocketed out of the traps, recording a flying 4.21 sectional. The opposition simply could not live with her and once in front, it was always going to be a case of how far. Patchys Kerry crossed the line 6 lengths in front, in a superb 28.49. Clonkeen Snowy and Thirteen Bags chased her home to make the final. 

 

In the second semi-final it was a different story; Catrigg Croft blazed a trail, but was caught close home by Satin Mark and Viking Jack. This was impressive from Satin Mark, who showed great determination to win by 1 length, in 28.97. The runner up deserves a special mention as Viking Jack has now qualified for a category one final for the third year in succession. His crowning glory was winning the Gold Cup at Monmore, but this was some training feat by Jim Hayton. 

 

STEP THREE 660m 05/04/16

 

Patchys Kerry will go to the traps a short priced favourite in the £10,000 to-the-winner decider over 660m. She was brilliant in the semi-finals but this is a big final and anything can happen. The other five are brilliant dogs, spearheaded by Viking Jack. He seems to have been around forever and what a credit he is to his trainer Jim Hayton. I decided to catch up with Jim and ask him if Viking Jack can beat Patchys Kerry? 

 

Jim Hayton On Viking Jack 

 

“It looks a forgone conclusion on paper that Patchys Kerry wins the competition, but how many times have we said that before in this sport. You never know what will happen, she is a fantastic bitch, but I'm so proud of our dog. He has a chance and if the favourite is held up and he gets a clear run, that chance becomes massive.”

 

“He's just coming right now after his break and that back straight pace, that wins him his races, is returning and there is more to come from him. I'm so proud of him and what he's achieved and we will be lucky to ever get another dog in the kennel this good.”

 

“We head to the final hoping more than expecting, but you never know in this sport. If he's fit and well then the Derby is the plan after this, but long-term this dogs got all the attributes of being a top stud dog”. 

 

Draw 

 

T1 SATIN MARK

T2 THIRTEEN BAGS

T3 CLONKEEN SNOWY

T4 PATCHYS KERRY

T5 CATRIGG CROFT

T6 VIKING JACK (w)