By year end there will have been around 185 opens staged between the soft marathon distance of Crayford’s eight bends (714m) and the calendar’s toughest marathon trip which is the same track’s 1,048m.

The most prestigious of the true eight-benders is the Roto Roof Windows TV Trophy won John Lynk’s and Andy Griffith’s King Kane. The versatile white and black raced over four six and eight bends during the year, also reaching the Prestige and St.Leger finals but excelled over the longer distances and set track records for Sheffield’s 915m (twice) and Henlow’s 842m. The most lucrative event to fall within the range is the £17,500 Ladbrokes Golden Jacket won by the 4-6f Hometown Honey. She only raced 13 times during the year, for seven wins and three seconds and her career was over by mid April. TV Trophy runner-up Burgess Borna has also had a stop-start campaign. A winner of five marathons in the early weeks of the year, she is currently finding fitness on the Yarmouth graded strength.Others: Art Banksy, Musical Fawn, Old Refrain, Supreme Rossie and Fearsome Liberty.

The three GWA final nominations are:


 Previous winners

2013 Musical Gaga

2012 Blonde Reagan

2011 Capoley Ash

2010 Midway Skipper

2009 Midway Skipper

2008 Flying Winner

2007 Spiridon Louis

2006 Roxholme Girl

2005 Star Of Dromin

2004 Greenacre Lin

2003 Ericas Equity