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Greyhounds: Listers trio a Winter warmer.

BELL DEVOTION (8.30pm) can continue his fine start to the event by landing tonight's first semi-final of the Alan White Winter Derby at Coventry.

In last week's heats, the Charlie Lister-trained runner trapped well and made all to win from his kennelmates Farloe Verdict and Canimar in a fastest-of-the-round 29.12sec for the 480m.

Lister, of course, was furious that his three entries for the competition had been drawn together in one heat, but a one-two-three for the Newark handler meant his trio all lineup in tonight's semis.

And Bell Devotion, who should again lead from four in his heat, can initiate a treble for the Champion Trainer, with Canimar and Farloe Verdict both fancied to prevail.

Canimar (9pm), the recent Birmingham Cup winner at P erry Barr, looks the answer the second semi. He can start better than he did in the heats and may always be holding Essex Vase champ Loughteen Flyer.

Farloe Verdict, the dual Derby champion, suffered a rare defeat at Coventry in the first round, but that was no disgrace behind an impressive winner and Lister's kennel flag-bearer can bounce back in the third semi.

Slower starters inside should see the now four-yearold, still competing at the top, register another success.

The other open-race meetings tonight are at Rye House and Sittingbourne, with the heats of the Star Racing February 473 featuring at the Kent track.

And Manera Spark can be the star of the show when the K ent Derby winner at the same venue goes in the 8.45pm.

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Farloe Verdict bids to uphold an impressive record at Coventry in tonight's Alan White Winter Derby semi-finals
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Date:Feb 6, 2005
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