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Greyhounds: Dave Clark's weekend preview

One of the biggest races of the year takes place on Saturday morning at Crayford - the £20,000 Golden Jacket final.

The 714m showpiece headlines a gala meeting of top-class racing over a variety of distances and features a quality field of stayers battling it out over two laps of the tight Kent circuit.

Wallis can land hat-trick with speedy Bullet

Champion trainer Mark Wallis, recently crowned for a record 13th time, already has two Golden Jacket titles to his name - Hometown Honey (2014) and Patchys Kerry (2016).

On Saturday morning he has a great chance of landing a third with favourite Minnie Bullet (7/4).

Wallis is doubly represented, his other runner is the scopey Coonough Crow (7/1), who could go well at a big price, but Minnie Bullet is his first string and this talented lady has a great chance to make all the running.

The bet365 Puppy Oaks champion already has one big competition to her name having won the £10,000 prize at Towcester last year. She has the speed to assert on the opening lap and is fancied to build an unassailable lead.

This exciting two-year-old had just a handful of starts over 575m at Romford under her belt coming into this event and is very much open to improvement as a stayer.

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After a demolition job in the first round which saw her beat rivals by seven lengths, she was picked up by strong runner Burgess Hannah last week in her semi-final, but that rival turned in a handy pitch and is unlikely to hold her pitch this time around.

Minnie Bullet has just the slow starting Roll On Sydney (14/1) on her inside on the run to the first turn and the coast is clear for her to zip into the turn and take the lead. Once in command she can build an unassailable lead.

Newcastle raider and defending champion Bellmore Sally (15/8) is bidding to become just the third Golden Jacket champion to successfully defend the 714m crown. She impressed last week in her semi-final but may struggle for a clear run around the opening two turns.

Rails draw can work out for Rocco

Guys & Dolls champion Icaals Rocco is not a tight railer, but his inside draw in the David Wicks Memorial Trophy final gives him a huge advantage.

The £1,000 decider over 380m is the first of the three finals on the Crayford card and is a contest that will be settled at the first turn - who leads will win.

Trainer John Mullins sends out the two inside runners, Icaals Rocco (trap one) and Oh Cosmopolitan (trap two), and both will take a step right on the run to the turn but it is the former who has the speed to hold his ground.

This powerful and pacy fawn has a sprinter’s early speed and it's a big ask for any of his five rivals to clear him at the first bend.

Once in command, he can kick clear down the back and land another competition over the 380m trip.

Romeo On Tilt can win Bussey decider

As is tradition, the £5,000 Peter Bussey Memorial Trophy runs alongside the Golden Jacket and the 540m competition also concludes on Saturday morning.

Mark Wallis sends out the 2/1 favourite Antigua Sugar and he has a brilliant record in the event, but a switch from trap six to trap four can prove the undoing of the jolly and the Juvenile Classic champion is opposed.

The wide seed would prefer another draw out wide in trap six and may move off into trap five.

Instead, punters should look to the speedy Romeo On Tilt (11/4) who is expected to trap much better than he did in his semi-final now he switches away from the inside.

The British bred star has some cracking form over both four and six bends and if he traps as well as is expected, this raw speed can take him to the front and he won't be for catching.

Another talented and versatile tracker is Sharon Thompson's Master Ten Ten (13/2) who is well drawn on the inside in trap one. He is blessed with smart all-round speed and is drawn to miss any early bother.

Forecast and tricast punters should have the inside runner on their side here, but punters need look no further than the blue jacket runner who has the speed to make all the running.

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