King and Henderson on target

  • Last Updated: November 19 2012, 16:18 GMT

Alan King's stable narrowly missed out with Walkon in the Paddy Power Chase but the yard secured some compensation in the Global Science Novices' Hurdle at Plumpton through Turn Over Sivola (8/13).

Broadbackbob: Impressive chasing debut

Despite the testing conditions, the race was staged at a fast pace as Good Boy Jackson and Mon Desir set off at an exuberant pace.

Although Barry Geraghty attempted to kick on with market rival, Looking Hopeful, Robert Thornton sat confidently on the favourite and soon had the race in safe keeping having taken up the running at the second last.

Geraghty didn't have to wait too long to visit the winners enclosure as hot favourite, Broadbackbob took the Wings For Life UK Novices' Chase with the minimum of fuss.

The Nicky Henderson-trained gelding put in a foot-perfect round under 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."

Billy Merriott finished off last season with a victory for Paul Nicholls and the six-year-old ensured it was business as usual on his first start for Harry Fry.

The 9/4 joint favourite foiled a substantial morning gamble about Ballylifen, who was making his debut for Mick Channon following the retirement of Henrietta Knight.

The punters enjoyed better luck as Camden (9/4jf) delivered the Leatt-Brace Handicap Chase under a robust ride from Leighton Aspell.

Qoubilai looked to be travelling like a winner until coming to grief at a vital stage of the contest and Oliver Sherwood's runner was the one to prosper despite making a bad error at the last.

Petit Ecuyer (13/2) seems to have developed a liking for the East Sussex course and Gary Moore's gelding followed up his April win off a 5lb higher markin the Hannes Kingfisher Handicap.

Only four went to post for the staying handicap chase on the card but an 11lb rise in the weights was not enough to prevent Dushy Valley (15/8f) repeating his victory of a fortnight ago.

Fountains Mary (11/1) made full use of the fillies allowance to make a winning debut for Rachael Green and Anthony Honeyball in the closing bumper.


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