Divin Bere set to prove versatility
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.