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Broadbackbob

Broadbackbob made a pleasing debut over fences with a comfortable success in the Wings For Life UK Novices' Chase at Plumpton.

The Nicky Henderson-trained gelding put in a foot-perfect round under Barry Geraghty to take this two-and-a-half-mile heat on his first start since January.

Geraghty kept the 30-100 shot to the outside to get a clear view of the obstacles and try to avoid any trouble. It paid off as early as the first fence where Aikideau came down as Arbeo, Ballypatrick and Sherreb cut out the pace-setting duties.

After Arbeo unseated Sam Thomas at the fourth last, Broadbackbob took command. Asserting his superiority, he won with his head in his chest by three and a quarter lengths from the staying-on Highway Code. Ballypatrick stuck on for third another two and three-quarter lengths away.

Geraghty told At The Races: "He jumped brilliantly. There was a couple he got in tight and screwed a little bit, but it was my own fault. I thought he was very good.

"The fences are trappy, but he was very good and brave.

"We were going steady and it was a schooling session until from four out when we turned up the revs. He probably needed more than two-four over hurdles, but you couldn't judge him on today. Two and a half there was lovely, he always travelled well and had enough pace.

"I think he's fairly versatile and we'll play around and see what's best for him."

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