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


MRS ROO (above), in her first UK campaign, set the standard in the heats of the Ladbrokes Golden Jacket at Crayford on Tuesday as the Simon Harms-trained ex-Irish racer powered to a fastest-of-the-night 45.25sec (+15) heat success. 


Having just her fourth start - she was involved in the trial stakes no-race at the Kent track recently, the Poole-based bitch added to her Harlow success last month when running amok in heat four over 714m, making virtually every yard.


“I felt Mrs Roo stole the show, so well done to Simon (Harms),” said racing manager Danny Rayment. “She’s has come under the radar and looks a major player. She actually trialled well here and a few judges took note.


“She’ll come on I’m sure, but we know the Golden Jacket is a competitive event - and there will be a few connections rightly getting excited as we head to the semi-finals here on Tuesday. Just the two from each semi quality, of course.”


Rayment also had special praise for Shotgun Bullet after Derek Knight’s dog also impressed on the clock when scoring in similar front-running style as he stopped the clock in 45.30sec for the eight bends.


He added: “Shotgun Bullet was already well fancied, and is now outright favourite with Ladbrokes. He handled the trip well and is clearly in great form after winning at Romford in the Coronation Cup. He’s on a roll and Derek has won four Golden Jackets, remember!”


Overseeing his 12th Golden Jacket as racing manager, Rayment has seen Mark Wallis’s runners sparkle in the Golden Jacket with the champion trainer winning two of the last four runnings with Patchys Kerry (2016) and Hometown Honey (2014).


“Mark qualified five of his six runners, so training honours certainly went to him. However, I’m sure he was disappointed with the draw which has seen four of his in runners in the first semi - not sure he’s too happy with Jim Cremin!


Rayment also praised Laurence Tuffin for qualifying his two runners - Pointless Pearl and Heroic Miss - and singled our Bubbly Firebird for her performance. “She’ll have huge support, not least because of her exciting style of running.


“She dropped herself out early but then flew through on the final circuit to qualify. Of course, it was disappointing to see Hayley Keightley’s duo eliminated along with Jaytee Patriot, and also the home contingent failed to progress.


“However, Tuesday’s semi-finals will be very interesting and could possibly see a huge Jackpot up for grabs after the carry-forward to this Saturday night increased to over £28,300. If not won at the weekend, it will be well over £30,000 on Tuesday!”


Racing on Tuesday night will the likes of Derek Ogden’s Dinnington Lady (45.41sec), who led at the third bend on her way to winning heat two, while heat three was won by Tony Collett’s Kentish Power in 45.73sec, who was crowded before leading off the second bend.


The final two heats were landed by David Mullins’s Piemans Jet, who set sail for home from the boxes and made all to score from a persistent Pointless Pearl in 45.80sec, while Mark Wallis’s Garryglass Champ (45.72sec) came through to win after leader Shreyas Solitair checked up - possibly with the sough in sight - in heat six.


Draw for Tuesday's semi-finals


Heat 1


1 Cincinati

2 Rubys Rascal

3 Pointless Pear

4 Roswell Romanov

5 Garyglass Champ  (M)

6 Bubbly Firebird       (W)


Heat 2


1 Bubbly Diamond

2 Russelena Reggie

3 Meadow

4 Goldies Hotspur  (M)

5 Piemans Jet        (M)

6 Dinnington Lady  (W)


Heat 3


1 Kiltrea Mike

2 Shreyas Solitair

3 Heroic Miss

4 Mrs Roo                (M)

5 Shotgaun Bullet    (M)

6 Kentish Power      (W)