Divin Bere set to prove ver­sa­til­ity

Nuneaton Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

DIVIN BERE has found a suc­cess­ful new arena and is all set to prove his ver­sa­til­ity again in the 32Red.com Hand­i­cap at Kemp­ton.

Paul Ni­cholls took over the train­ing of the for­mer smart ju­ve­nile hur­dler from his fel­low jumps heavy­weight Nicky Hen­der­son last season - but had lit­tle joy in three top hand­i­caps over tim­ber.

A sum­mer wind op­er­a­tion was pre­scribed, and then a re­turn to the Flat for the first time since Divin Bere’s days in France two years ago.

The five-year-old proved it was a wise move by chalk­ing up a com­fort­able win as the well-backed 2-1 favourite un­der the trainer’s daugh­ter, Megan, in a Bath hand­i­cap two weeks ago.

Divin Bere has taken a 6lb hike for his trou­ble, but his jump­ing ca­reer is set to stay on hold a lit­tle while longer as fa­ther and daugh­ter team up again on the all-weather this time with the 2017 Chel­tenham Fes­ti­val run­nerup.

Half an hour ear­lier on Wed­nes­day’s flood­lit card, more fa­mil­iar colours and con­nec­tions may make the win­ner’s en­clo­sure in the 32Red On The App Store Novice Stakes.

It is a year to the day since Lai­eth fol­lowed up his de­but fourth here with an odds-on vic­tory at Wolver­hamp­ton.

Gelded in the mean­time, the three-year-old is back for Godol­phin and Saeed bin Suroor with the right pro­file to defy his penalty and take care of this field un­der Ja­son Wat­son.

Not­ting­ham serves up some tax­ing hand­i­caps, but one solution is per­haps rea­son­ably straight­for­ward – thanks to Richard Han­non’s top weight Moy­as­sar.

The colt has yet to strike on turf, but can put that right in the Bri­tish EBF Nurs­ery Hand­i­cap on the back of an ad­mirably con­sis­tent pro­file in his five runs to date.

Moy­as­sar did jus­tify the odds with ease on Chelms­ford’s Poly­track three starts ago, but could then fin­ish only sec­ond at 4-7 next time.

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