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The six heats were run on last Saturday evening’s card for this
year’s Ladbrokes Golden Jacket.
It was an evening of contrasts which saw joint ante-post
favourite Bubbly Swallow stamping his authority on the event as he
romped home in his heat while the other joint-favourite Blonde
Reagan made a shock exit finishing last in his heat.
Most big races have certain strange facts accompanying them and
with the Jacket, it is that no ante-post favourite has ever gone on
to win the event outright. Will this statistic end this year?
In Bubbly Swallow, we have a dog that on paper has every chance
of landing the £15,000 winner’s prize and a nice added touch is
that one of the dog’s joint owners ran a national competition
offering his half share in the dog to the lucky winner for the
duration of the Jacket.
Bubbly Swallow came home in a time of 45.85 seconds and the
other five heat winners were Lode Vanquish (46.14), Ding Hero
(45.99), Boherna Bridge (45.74), Droopys Xavier (46.02) and White
Soks Roks (46.03).
At this point I think that in these six greyhounds we have
probably seen the 2013 champion.
Boherna Bridge was somewhat of a surprise heat winner as his
starting odds of 6-1 reflected. However, having previously
experienced traffic problems here a week earlier, on this occasion
he flew out of the traps and was never headed.
Lode Vanquish impressed me here a fortnight ago but a week later
was caught and passed by Lottes Girl.
It seems to me that he only just gets home over this 714 metre
trip and that there is not too much left in the tank.
White Soks Roks is a class dog and with a plum draw in trap six
in his semi-final it would be a major shock if he does not make the
So we have two dogs in Bubbly Swallow and White Soks Roks who
have outstanding credentials for this race and two others who could
spring a surprise if things go their way.
I like a bit of value and will therefore take Boherna Bridge to
win the Jacket. The semis are this Saturday morning and the final
is on Saturday, February 16.
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