Dvinsky races into the record books

Dvinsky (left) in action at Kempton

Dvinsky writes his name into the record books at Kempton this evening when he races for the 217th time. In doing so, he’ll equal the modern day record set by Sharp Hat between 1996 and 2007.

Dvinsky hasn’t taken quite as long to reach that mark, as he was foaled in 2001, and so only began racing nine years ago. Since then, had his races been evenly spaced out, he would have had a run every 16 days. He’s now in a second spell with trainer Paul Howling, who says his horse doesn’t need that much training. I suppose that’s almost bound to be the case with a horse that races so regularly. Howling said, “Dvinsky keeps his enthusiasm himself. He’s an incredible horse.”

Kempton director of racing, Barney Clifford, showed a turn of speed Dvinsky would welcome to gain the agreement of race sponsors Betdaq to rename the race and so recognise the achievement. Thus, the opener on the card will have a name which, if not taking as long to say as the race will take to run, is quite a mouthful nonetheless. It has become the “Betdaq Dvinsky Record-Equalling 217th Run Handicap”, and will be the 76th race the horse has had at Kempton.

Clifford said, “We couldn’t let Dvinsky’s achievement go unnoticed. He is a phenomenal horse and a great servant to all concerned. Racing needs characters like him and we will be looking for opportunities for him to come back and break the record later in the year.”

Better not wait too long Barney.

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