The RPGTV cameras head to Crayford and Newcastle this Saturday night, as the Ladbrokes Golden Jacket kicks off with a total of six opening round heats. One of my favourite competitions of the year, the Golden Jacket always provides plenty of thrills and spills, with greyhounds that are proven over the marathon trip, taking on others who have little experience, but lots of potential. Tonight’s show kicks off at 7:15pm and can be seen live on Sky channel 212 and Freesat channel 401. Here are our best bets for this Valentine’s Day.
The fourth Golden Jacket heat on this Crayford card, and a race in which for me, there is a standout bet. Kevin Boon’s Kakantu has a fantastic opportunity to sail through to the next round of the competition here, and I fancy the striped jacket to put in an impressive display. This Yarmouth raider has had a couple of trial at Crayford in recent weeks, and this greyhound’s victory over 750m at Romford last month proves that he is effective over this sort of distance. The sole wide runner in the field, Kakantu looks to be very well drawn and I’m more than happy with the early price of 7/4 available at Betfred. Both Millwards Amy and Rearguard Bond would be serious dangers on their best form, but I fell that the six dog is most likely to give his running this evening, and can stake a serious claim for the outright prize in the process. I would not put anyone off a little interest on Kakantu in the outright Golden Jacket market, with the 25/1 on offer at Betfair looking rather generous.
On paper at least, this looks to be a match between Chaotic Dotty in trap one, and the three dog, Seamus Cahill’s Chicago. Now, the bookies have Chaotic Dotty as their 5/4 favourite to win here, while Chicago is a 9/4 chance, but for me, those odds are the wrong way round. Chaotic Dotty is certainly a very talented bitch, and has already proven herself capable over a variety of trips up to 645m. She ran too badly to be true here last week, but it’s a performance that is difficult to forget, and I think she is well worth taking on with the St Leger finalist Chicago. Seamus Cahill has given this greyhound a bit of a break, obviously with this competition in mind, and a couple of recent trials here at Crayford should have put Chicago spot on for this race. This greyhound put up some excellent performances over staying distances last year, and I think he”s the value bet of the night at 9/4 with William Hill.