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Ladbrokes Golden Jacket - Crayford 714m - £17,500

THIS year’s Ladbrokes Golden Jacket Final was by common consensus one of the best in terms of quality and competitiveness in the more than 40-year history of the competition.

It therefore goes without saying that it took a performance of the very highest class to land the £17,500 first prize by an ever-increasing five lengths in as cleanly a run race as you are ever likely to see.

The description of high class is something that rests comfortably on the young shoulders of Boylesports Star after he completed an unbeaten run through the first Category One of the year in the style of the dog who will continue to improve for quite a while.

Trainer Dolores Ruth, only the second Irish-based trainer to win the 714-metre annual, clearly thinks highly of him. So much so that she has announced an ambitious schedule that includes a tilt at the Coral Regency over 695 metres at Hove before stepping back in trip for the Towcester Derby (500m) at the end of May.

In the meantime, we can reflect on his superb performance on Tuesday, which kicked the 2017 Category One season into action.

Boylesports Star broke slowly from trap three as the pace was set by Rubys Razzle (trap one) and Jimbobjoe (trap two). Ferryforth Fran (trap six) started well and was in third place at the first bend – a length or so ahead of Boylesports Star. Jaytee Patriot (trap four) came away better than fellow Irish-raider Boylsports Star but eased going to the turn and went around in fifth with Romany Rouge (trap five) at the back after running off at the first bend.

Rubys Razzle accelerated ahead of Jimbobjoe and at halfway – as they crossed the winning line with a circuit to travel – Boylesports Star had moved into third and it was very clear the race was on.

The Mark Wallis-trained Rubys Razzle maintained a frantic pace but Boylesports Star had his measure by the time they had reached the seventh bend. The Irish dog went on and very quickly opened up to score going away by five lengths in 45.18sec (0.30sec fast).

Rubys Razzle was all out but held on to second place, just ahead of a fast-finishing Jimbobjoe.

 

WHAT CONNECTIONS SAID

 

Dolores Ruth (Trainer of Boylesports Star): “I’m absolutely thrilled. What a race he ran. I thought he would never get up when he just flopped out of the boxes. I knew we were under pressure when Rubys Razzle led. Mark’s (Wallis) dogs are running so well.”

“He’s (Boylesports Star) just a super stayer and I’m thrilled for owner John Boyle. He’s sorry he couldn’t be here but he’s thrilled to have won. And, of course, he loves to take Ladbrokes’ money. It feels tremendous to have won the Golden Jacket.”

“I am bringing Boylesports Star over for the Regency and I think we will also go for the Derby. He has tremendous pace and track craft and I think he will be suited by Towcester.”

 

ON THE UNDERCARD

MARK WALLIS loves this meeting. He missed out on the Ladbrokes Golden Jacket this year having won two of the last three but his tremendous record in the Peter Bussey Memorial continues.

On Tuesday, the Champion Trainer landed the race in memory of the popular Crayford home finder for the sixth consecutive time when Ribble Aon converted a first bend lead into a three and three-quarters lengths success over Coconut Corker in 33.44sec (0.40sec fast).

Wallis’ previous winners in the £2,000 540-metre contest were Swift Whirlwind, who was third in Tuesday’s renewal, Jimmy Nailed On, Aayamzamodel, Bridge Bandit and Aero Joker.

Trainer Ricky Holloway described Razldazl Raidio as “the dog of a decade” after he had clipped 11 spots off the previous long-standing record by taking the Chief Ramsbottom Hurdle by 15 lengths from Mos Bullet in 33.57sec (0.40sec fast).

Holloway added: “You’ll never see another dog like Razldazl Raidio. He is the real deal. He’s so fast and so special.”