The final of this year’s Carlsberg Kent St Leger takes place at my local track Crayford this Saturday night and it looks set to be a cracking contest, where I don’t think you can completely rule out any of the six contenders. Last weekend’s semi finals produced some very surprising results, with the biggest shocking being the defeat of Mark Wallis Sidaz Dippy at odds of 4/6. This May 2011 bitch had looked like a natural round the 714m at Crayford in the opening round of the competition when scoring in a time of 45.93s, but was unable to match that in the second semi final and found Paul Young’s Milwards Amy a full six lengths too good. Admittedly, didn’t start the race in the best fashion and could well put up a better display in the final but she well definitely need to find something to turn the form around with the five dog.
Saturday’s first semi final saw Fort Hill Storm lead all the way to score in a time of 45.95s and upset the punters in the process, as Julie Luckhurst’s was he 10/1 outsider of the field. You can get the same odds about Fort Hill Storm repeating the feat with Ladbrokes, and those appear very generous odds about the local runner off the back of that semi final result. Borna Champ was beaten a length and a quarter into second in that race but the bookies believe John Mullins greyhound is certain to turn that form around, with the black jacket a best price 3/1 chance with Paddy Power.
As far as a bet on the race goes, I think that the sole wide runner in the race is massively overpriced at 10/1 and is at the very worst worth a saver for anyone backing one f the three market principles. Of those at the head of the betting, I’d stick with Millwards Amy to confirm the form from last Saturday’s semi final and once again get the better of favourite Sidaz Dippy.
Back Trap 5 Millwards Amy at 9/4 with Betfred
Back Trap 6 Fort Hill Storm at 10/1 with Betfred
Kent St Leger Final Draw
Trap 1 Mays Alonso
Trap 2 Polar Prospect
Trap 3 Sidaz Dippy
Trap 4 Borna Champ
Trap 5 Milwards Amy (m)
Trap 6 Fort Hill Storm (w)