Ladbrokes Greyhound Golden Jacket Betting

The 2018 Edition of the Golden Jacket goes off at Crayford on February 27 with a star-studded array of dogs waiting to do battle. It’s a prestigious race and one of the most anticipated events on the racing calendar and naturally it also holds great attraction for those that like to bet on the sport.

While we wait for a number of bookies to get involved, we can still take our pick from what’s available as we think there are some decent options in the ante post prices.

Background

The Golden Jacket was first run back in 1975 when it was won by Nice One Cyril, named after popular 1970’s football Cyril Knowles. For the first ten years of its life the event was held at Harringay but track closures have seen four venues used during its history. Hall Green and Monmore briefly hosted the event before it switched to Crayford in 1987 and that has been its permanent home ever since.

Run over 714 metres, there is a huge six figure prize for the winner and that naturally leads to a strong field but for 2018 we have a clear favourite.

Dog to Beat

At the time of writing we have just three bookmakers quoting odds for the 2018 Golden Jacket. bet365 and SkyBet have declared but as event sponsors, it’s not really surprising to see that Ladbrokes have the best odds available on all six dogs that are running.

At the head of the pack is Shotgun Bullet who Ladbrokes have down at 7/2. Trained by D.D. Knight, this dog has 12 wins from 22 races which may sound modest but his recent record is particularly impressive, Shotgun Bullet will come into the Golden Jacket on the back of five straight victories and it’s particularly interesting to note that the last two of those came on this Crayford track over the 714m distance.

Chasing Pack

Behind the leading dog we have joint second favourites with Mrs Roo and Goldies Hotspur both available at 7/1 with Ladbrokes. Mrs Roo has also won at Crayford this month over 714m but crucially finished a distant second to Shotgun Bullet over the same course and same distance last time out so that’s clearly going to be a key indicator.

As for Goldies Hotspur, only one win in four races since the start of 2018 suggests that this dog may be slightly underpriced coming into the big race.

Behind those joint second favourites we have just a small gap to Ruby’s Rascal and Cincinnati, both of whom are at 8/1 with Ladbrokes. Both of those dogs have claims but perhaps Cincinnati is the one to watch here having won at Crayford last time out with Ruby’s Rascal coming home in second place.

Finally, the outside bet from the six dogs this week is Pieman’s Jet who Ladbrokes have at 14/1. No-one seems to rate this dog but he has enjoyed a string of wins this year and interestingly has been backed down from 66/1 since the markets opened.

Verdict

As Pieman’s Jet has shown, the markets have been quite volatile since they opened and it may be some time before they settle down. The favourite, Shotgun Bullet has fluctuated in terms of odds but he has remained at the head of the outright win betting and it is certainly hard to look past this dog’s credentials. A run of wins on this same Crayford Track over the Golden Jacket distance of 714 metres makes him our pick for the win and if that is a little obvious you could add to or replace that with another punt.

We’re quite impressed with Cincinatti’s efforts and are a little surprised that this dog isn’t further up the betting so there is potential here for a place bet or a forecast. We’re taking a reverse forecast on Shotgun Bullet and Cincinnati, looking for them to come home as the 1-2 in no particular order and as the most impressive runners from our point of view, that will hopefully lead to a nice Golden Jacket profit.

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