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Roxholme Dream looks hot for Golden Jacket
WITH just four weeks to go until the final of the Ladbrokes Golden Jacket at Crayford, preparations are sure to be well under way for the key contenders. The heats begin the evening of Valentine’s Day (a romantic night out sure to impress the other half I’d say!), with the semis the following Thursday afternoon (19th) and the final the Tuesday night after that (24th). Ten days of pulsating action for our four legged friends, culminating in the crowning of a champion.
One of those contenders had a four bend trial at Crayford recently - St Leger winner Roxholme Dream - and she impressed many including our odds compilers, clocking some good time figures. She is currently heading the market with Ladbrokes at 5/2 and is clearly going to take some beating. Droopys Bear (20/1), Flawless Floyd (25/1) and Adoremus (66/1) all had a spin round the track too, but none impressed as much as the jolly.
Having worked in betting shops for well over a decade, it’s true to say greyhound racing has always been a well-loved staple in our ‘punting diet’. It’s been there since the beginning, side by side with horse racing, offering customers a steady stream of fun and exciting action to get stuck into with its value coming to the fore even more in recent years thanks to initiatives like the Bags/SIS Track Championship which offered a thrilling final on a day when it took headline billing across our estate.
Yes it’s true that there has been an increase in alternatives for customers over the years, but for me there’s nothing quite like a greyhound winner, whether it’s putting your faith in the Racing Post Nap selection, or watching the six dog work his way to the front in a handicap: “hats off to the grader!”
In particular many of my customers love getting stuck into the big ante-post events, such as the Ladbrokes Golden Jacket itself. The place terms can be really attractive with the odds offered about familiar runners even more so. If you get on the right dog at the right time, you can start to dream, with the structure of the big races often ensuring plenty of value for money with an Ante-Post bet.
Back to the event itself, and it’s great to see this year that coverage of the final will be live on Sky Sports. This can only help to gain more exposure for the Ladbrokes Golden Jacket and the sport, and I know plenty of my customers will enjoy studying the Racing Post that day and picking out their selections to watch that evening.
In more good news, the track have announced free entry too, so if you’re local then why not pop along and see some thrilling action and the winner presented with that famous Golden Jacket. I plan to be there so hopefully I’ll see you there too!
Adam Hurley, from Ladbrokes Cheltenham and the new Manager of the Year, will be at Crayford for February's Golden JacketPICTURE: DAN ABRAHAM