X

Saturday 23
February

Horse Racing

Santini delivers the goods

1st December 2018, 15:25 by Tom Hill

Nicky Henderson's Santini lived up to his billing as he made a winning debut over fences in the Ladbrokes John Francome Novices' Chase.

The six-year-old had not been seen since his Grade One win at Aintree in April but was back with a bang at Newbury.

Henderson's charge looks to have adjusted to fences with relative ease and battled past his rivals in the extended two-mile-seven-furlong contest.

Santini did make one mistake during the race but managed to ride down Rocky's Treasure after the last.

When asked about his performance, Henderson told reporters: "You would have to be very pleased about it. I was nervous about the ground. He is a beautiful horse, but he is big and he is gross. He is quite laid-back about it at home.

"We got on the grass on Thursday to school and that was the first day he has woken up, but he is like that. I couldn't believe he was straight enough, to be honest. He is so lazy about it all. I thought it was a great performance.

"Nico (de Boinville) gave him a lovely ride, as he let him find his feet, and although he made a couple of little mistakes, he let him think about it.

"He jumped a couple a little bit big, but he was just learning and he will learn a lot for today and will come on any amount."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom Hill offers a strong insight into football and rugby league, whilst also having a good knowledge of several other sports including boxing, horse racing and American Football.

More Horse Racing

Horse Racing

Rathvinden primed for Grand National bid

22nd February 2019, 15:56

Patrick Mullins is hoping for a big performance from Rathvinden in the BetVictor Bobbyjo Chase ahead of a tilt at the Grand National.

Horse Racing

Haslam ponders Festival options for Bouvreuil

22nd February 2019, 11:33

The Brown Advisory & Merribelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase is Bouvreuil's likely Cheltenham target although the Grand Annual is an option.

Horse Racing

Rooneys decide to lift Cheltenham exile

21st February 2019, 18:43

Owners Paul and Clare Rooney have lifted their self-imposed ban of entering horses at Cheltenham as their injury fears have been eased.

Horse Racing

O'Brien to wait on Fakir D'Oudairies decision

21st February 2019, 18:18

Trainer Joseph O'Brien admits he doesn't yet know which race the highly-fancied Fakir D'Oudairies will go for at Cheltenham next month.

Horse Racing

Ascot in Review: Lessons Learned Ahead of Cheltenham Festival

20th February 2019, 14:53

A look at the preparations of some key contenders for the big week of National Hunt racing in March.

Horse Racing

Smith pondering Stayers' for Midnight Shadow

20th February 2019, 10:48

Sue Smith is willing to leave it as long as possible before deciding if Midnight Shadow will run in the Sun Racing Stayers' Hurdle.

Recent Sport Headlines

Match Reports

Cardiff City 1-5 Watford

22nd February 2019, 21:53

Gerard Deulofeu grabbed a hat-trick as in-form Watford thrashed Premier League strugglers Cardiff 5-1 at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Match Reports

West Ham United 3-1 Fulham

22nd February 2019, 21:45

West Ham came from behind to defeat relegation-haunted London rivals Fulham 3-1 at the London Stadium on Friday night.

Manchester City

Laporte signs City extension

22nd February 2019, 19:15

Aymeric Laporte has pledged his future to Manchester City by signing a new two-year extension to his deal at the Etihad Stadium

Match Previews

Chelsea v Manchester City

22nd February 2019, 18:50

Chelsea and Manchester City will battle for the first piece of silverware of the season when they clash in Sunday's Carabao Cup final.

Rugby Union

O'Shea backs Italy to cause Ireland problems

22nd February 2019, 18:47

Italy head coach Conor O'Shea feels his side can cause Ireland problems during Sunday's Six Nations showdown in Rome.

Match Previews

Arsenal v Southampton

22nd February 2019, 18:33

Arsenal can give their top-four hopes a major boost by claiming a positive result over Southampton at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Manchester City

Guardiola wary of Blues backlash

22nd February 2019, 18:08

Pep Guardiola claims his Manchester City side's recent 6-0 thrashing of Chelsea could work against them in Sunday's Carabao Cup final.

Everton

Zouma deal in the balance over Blues ban

22nd February 2019, 18:00

Everton's hopes of signing loan defender Kurt Zouma on a permanent basis this summer could be hit by Chelsea's transfer ban.