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What you didn’t know about… Dvinsky


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  • Trainer Paul Howling tells H&H about the busiest British racehorse of the modern era.

    Fact file

    Age: 11

    Stable name: Dave

    Height: 16.1hh

    Breed: thoroughbred

    Sire: Stravinsky

    Dam: Festive Season, by Lypheor

    Sex: gelding

    Discipline: Flat racing

    Trainer: Paul Howling

    Owner: David Hardaker

    Rider: currently Tom McLaughlin

    Groom: Larry Mancini

    Three things you didn’t know…

    1 As a yearling, he was sold at auction for €200,000 to Michael Tabor, for whom he earned £2,975 from one victory in six runs in the famous blue and orange colours. Eight years later, he was bought by his present owner, his sixth, for just 1,800 guineas.

    2 His biggest payday came when he earned £5,180.80 for winning a class four handicap at Kempton four years ago. He has earned £118,000 in 10 seasons. Compare that with Frankel’s £2.2million, and counting, in three years…

    3 Sharp Hat, the previous holder of the numerical record, completed his tally of 217 races between 13 July 1996 and 6 November 2007. Dvinsky has been the quicker to his milestone, having had his first race on 20 August 2003. But despite their careers overlapping and both being sprinters, the two never met.

    To read the full interview with Paul Howling about Dvinsky see 4 October issue of H&H

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