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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.

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