Discoverer to find his winning way
DISCOVERER might not be the best of John Gosden's inmates but he should be up to the task as he heads to Kempton.
The Sunbury venue boasts a distinctly average card but perhaps we should be thankful for any action in what has been a particularly testing few days for racing.
Discoverer should raise the temperature of his supporters a couple of degrees, though, as he tries to build on a recent success in the racingplus.co.uk Handicap.
Gosden gave this son of Bernardini plenty of time to find his feet, with the gelding not making his juvenile bow until the backend of December.
He acquitted himself well that day, dead-heating for second with a more experienced horse who has subsequently won since, as has the winner that day.
Discoverer was then sent off the 1-7 favourite to oblige on his next maiden start and while he prevailed at this track last month, he had to battle hard to hold onto victory. But that slightly lacklustre performance means he begins life in the handicap sphere off an attractive mark of 78.
Russian Bullet has been knocking on the door but his time can come in the Betdaq Multiples Handicap. His wins-to-runs ratio would hardly set the world alight but he is nothing if not consistent, as evidenced by his two seconds on his last couple of starts.The race did not quite pan out for him at Lingfield last month while he was perhaps a shade unlucky to run into an unexposed runner at Southwell the last time.
Russian Bullet was a clear second best there though, and while his string of fine efforts has seen him creep up the ratings, there might still be a little leeway there.
Dvinsky would be a popular winner of the second division of the race named in his honour, the skysports.com Dvinsky's 200 Run Racing Handicap.
The 11-year-old joins an exclusive club as he notches up his double century of appearances and even at his advanced age, Dvinsky looks capable of winning this.
He has not got his head in front since last March, and despite some fair placed efforts, Dvinsky has been slowly falling down the ratings.
He just got tapped for toe in the dying strides when third at this track last month and racing off a 1lb lower mark again, Dvinsky could enjoy a fairytale success.