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David Pipe’s African Broadway is sure to be primed to take all the beating in the opener at Fontwell (2.05) and makes plenty of appeal at 4/1.

The race is named in honour of stable’s terrifically tough Lough Derg who became one of racing’s favourites with his never say die battling attitude which saw him notch career earnings of just under £375,000.

Connections will therefore be keen to bag the prize, and although African Broadway has shoulder penalties and give weight all round he has form in the book which suggest he can do so.

The gelding won his only start in a bumper in impressive style, and his first start over the obstacles saw him slam Grand Vision by five lengths at Chepstow.

He won very easily by five lengths that day, and the runner up has franked the form by finishing placed behind some useful types before winning his last two starts – including an ultra competitive Pertemps qualifier at Haydock off a mark of 122.

The Chepstow performance saw African Broadway pitched into Grade 2 company on his next start, and he ran well until getting outpaced two from home and eventually finishing 6th of 10 to Fingal Bay.

A confidence booster followed at Exeter where he made all to score by 1/2 a length, and he then led until three out in a Grade 2 contest at Doncaster before fading to finish fourth to leading Albert Bartlett hope Rocky Creek.

That was was over 3m and the drop back in trip to 2m 6f, combined with an ease in grade gives him outstanding claims of getting back into the winners’ enclosure this afternoon.

Daily Sport recommended bet: 3pts win African Broadway (4/1 sportingbet)

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