Dvinsky set for double century

One of the most durable members of the all-weather community will take centre stage today when Dvinsky competes for the 200th time in a race named in his honour at Kempton.

It is believed no horse has made as many starts in Britain before and the 11-year-old will bring down the curtain on the afternoon’s only meeting in division two of the skysports.com Racing Dvinsky’s 200th Run Handicap.

Dvinsky began his career with Gerard Butler and won a maiden at Goodwood on his second outing in the colours of renowned owner Michael Tabor, but had drifted through four other trainers before arriving at Paul Howling’s Newmarket stable in the winter of 2006.

He has won a total of 17 races, 13 of which for Howling, and spent brief periods with Jane Chapple-Hyam and Michael Squance when his long-standing trainer briefly relinquished his licence last year.

“It’s nice to have a bit of recognition,” said Howling, who trains alongside Henry Cecil at Warren Place.

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