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SITTINGBOURNE becomes the fourth track to stage the Grand National since its first running in1927whenthe Kenttrackhosts tonight'spounds 7,500final,anevent backedbyCearnsport,theowners ofCentralParkStadium.

In what is an outstanding double-headerforSittingbourne patrons,nottomentionviewers onSkySports4,ClonkeenTheo ratesthemostlikelyalternative to favourite Olivers Twist. The LisaStephenson-trainedflieristhe mostobviouswinnerofthe9.10 andhasliveduptoeverythinghe wasevertoutedtobe.

The ten days between semifinals and final will suit a greyhound whose connections haveincreasinglyfounditdifficult tokeepsound.Hemightnotbe alocalhopetonight,butdeserves to raise the roof should he hit thefrontatanystage .

Nevertheless, at the odds ClonkeenTheo catches the eye. Trainer Jason Foster needed to freshenhimuplastweekwitha sprinttrial,buthis recordinmajor events,asaclose-upsecondlast year, an Irish Derby third and previous Springbok winner, means heshouldn'tbeta kenlightly .

Hischallengewillcome,butit mustnotcometooearly. A messy race, and the strong-running ClonkeenTheo will power through, albeit he is never likely towinbymuch. Remember, he beat Olivers Twist in the first round.Backhimat12-1each-way andenjoytheride!

Sharingthespotlightwiththe GrandNationalistheJohnSmith's KentDerbyfinalat9.45,which looksatthemercyof Westmead Adonis inaracewherethepacesetters-andthereareahostof them-couldcuttheirownthroats.

Pitchedin red,NickSavva'sdog willfinishbestofall,withaclear runenoughtolandtheodds.

Sittingbourne has assembled acrackingcardforpunters,with the action kicking off at 7.40 where SakaraStar mightstrike forSeamusCahillifhecanbounce backfromadisappointingeffort inthesemi-finals.Ability-wise,he isalikelywinnerbutthingshave togohisway . At5 -2withHills, thatisworthchancing.

Cahill could be in for a good nightwith ThurlesbegBound fancied for the 8.15, although the 9-4 with Hills is not overgenerous.

FreedomChief (3-1Betfred) was desperately unlucky in the heatsofthe Kent Derby, coming towinhisracebeforestumbling out of the event, literally. However, compensationawaitstonightin the 8.30 should he show that trademarkpacetotheturnina racewheremostwillbelookto set the tempo, andyoungKatie O'Flaherty 'sdogmightwelldo .

TheCearnsMemorialisanother race with a great history and, while the format has changed overtheyears,itisagaintothe Cearnsfamily'screditthatpounds 1,0 is up for grabs at 9.25 tonight forthis500-metreSuperStandard Invitation. Sussex C up champ WestmeadMaldiniistheobvious winnergivenhisstrong-running effortsatHove.

However, neitherhenor2011 KentDerbychampionJazzApollo are renowned trailblazers and BeReal mightgetfirstrunon them.Heisworthasmallinterest atthe13-2withBetfred.

Today's bets SakaraStar 1pt winat5-2Hills,7.40 FreedomChief 1pt winat3-1 Betfred,8.50 ClonkeenTheo 1pt winat12-1ge neral, 9.10 BeReal 2pts winat13-2 Betfred, 9.25
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 21, 2012
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