Crayford have confirmed the dates for the 2019 Ladbrokes Golden Jacket.......
The first round of the 714m event is an evening meeting on Saturday February 9. The semi finals are a week later, but at the morning meeting. The final takes place the following Saturday, also as a morning meeting.
The prize money is identical to 2018, when won by Shotgun Bullet: Winner £17,500, second £1,250, others £500. The heats are worth £350 (others £100), with the semi winners collecting £500 (others £150).
There will be few greyhounds creating more interest than Dave Jeans’ Magical Icarus who is due to make his ‘eight bend’ debut, though he has already shown his potential over Perry Barr’s 710m.
Since switching to six bends, the powerful white and black has only been beaten once in seven outings; that being the final of the St.Leger for which he started as the 11-8f. He is rated a 14-1 chance ante post for the Jacket with the market led by Brigadier Bullet at 6-1.
The Swindon based hound has already trialled over Crayford’s four bend course clocking 23.43 (+10) ‘first look’.
Jeans said: “We deliberately gave him plenty of time to adapt to the track if he needed it. He seemed to run it okay for a 36 kilo dog, though you know a dog like him will always do a decent time in a solo.
“We are going back for an eight-bend trial on Thursday and if all goes to plan, we’ll then enter him in a trial stake the following week. We’ll then make a decision about whether to enter him.”
* In our recent track record update, we incorrectly showed Sunshine Sophie as the 540m track record holder. That record was infact broken in 2018 by Mayshighlandreel (Kinloch Brae-Mays Maska) in 33.09[/font]
Derek Knight and Maria Ansboro with Shotgun Bullet
Shotgun Bullet on course to defend his Golden Jacket title....
BY JIM CREMIN
DEFENDING champion Shotgun Bullet was fastest in the opening round of the Ladbrokes Golden Jacket at Crayford on Saturday evening when Derek Knight’s star ran away with heat three by over seven lengths in 45.53sec (normal going).
Just one spot slower with 45.54sec was Heather Dimmock’s Stardom in taking the incredibly competitive heat four, showing guts as she powered through at the sixth, holding Patrick Janssens’ pair Affleck Bolt and the staying on Goldies Hotspur. Ante-post favourite Brigadier Bullet went out here after a moderate start and early bunching.
Savana Winner, trained by Diane Henry, is a litter sister of Stardom and made it a double from way off the pace in heat five (45.82sec).
Other winners were Gabriel (45.94sec), Courts Ad Georgy (45.89sec) and Droopys Edge (46.06sec).
Brendan Matthews’ Irish raider Towcester Story safely went through in that final heat, getting caught a neck close home by Dean Childs’ local, but should improve further for that.
Danny Rayment, Crayford’s racing manager, said afterwards: “We knew heat four was the heat of the night and it was a great achievement by Patrick [Janssens] to get his pair through. Stardom ran a stormer to win here, as did Shotgun Bullet earlier, but in easier company." Rayment decided to note Savana Winner as ‘awkward near line’, explaining: “She got in front on the run in then glanced inside [at Droopys Essie], it’s a concern, but there was no contact.” He added: “If it was a graded race I would mark the runner awkward, so if I’m being consistent then I’d have to do the same in an open race.”