Some Early Value in the Golden Jacket

Tell me it’s a racing office oversight? Dolores Ruth, who steered Boylesports Star to Ladbrokes Golden Jacket success in 2017, has entered Boylesportstwink in the 2019 version of the 714-metre race at Crayford.

A week outside of puppy status, raced just twice, the John Boyle owned greyhound most recently won a heat of a tin-pot unraced stake at Newbridge in a pedestrian time. Boylesportstwink is also without a sighter of Crayford’s walls of death and has never raced beyond 525 yards.

The idiots, particularly those at Coral who quote this one at 10/1 in their ante-post lists, are clearly running the asylum and this greyhound should have never been accepted as a runner in the competition.

Thank God for Brendan Mathews’ Towcester Story and the idiots at Ladbrokes who go 20/1 about this dog who has shown enough class to win a €10,000 purse at Shelbourne Park over 750-yards on the Night of Stars … and the handler who has had the common sense to give his greyhound a recent trial around the tricky Crayford circuit.

Of the others that could be considered Brigadier Bullet (6/1 with William Hill) was beaten favourite in the Coronation Cup and Essex Vase and while he is two-from-two over Crayford’s 714 trip, he must get an early lead to be seen at his best.

Stardom had just three runs in her native Ireland and one in the UK albeit that did see her win a maiden stayers race over course and distance. The time was good but backing this one at 7/1 (top priced at Boylesports) is foolhardy given her inexperience.

So defending champion Shotgun Bullet, who has had a remarkable 14 solo trials since winning this competition last year, is the second dog to put onto your ante-post slips.

Advised Bets

Towcester Story @ 20/1 with Ladbrokes

Shotgun Bullet @ 10/1 with William Hill