Fitzy's Focus: Santini

The Cotswold Chase hero bids to break his Festival duck in the blue riband.

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SANTINI

Santini
  • Trainer: Nicky Henderson
  • Jockey: Nico de Boinville
  • Owner: Mr & Mrs R Kelvin-Hughes
  • Age: 8
  • Likely Festival Target: Cheltenham Gold Cup
  • Current Price: 4-1 (Betway), (13th February)
  • Season Form Figures: 11
  • Cheltenham Record: 1321
  • Cheltenham Festival Record: 32
  • Big-race wins: Classic Novices' Hurdle (2018), Sefton Novices' Hurdle (2018), John Francome Novices' Chase (2018), Cotswold Chase (2020)
Mick says
Mick's view:

“The horse that I like this year in the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup is SANTINI, and I think if he was to have cheekpieces put on him it could make the world of difference.

He didn’t wear cheekpieces in the Cotswold Chase but his run was very solid and he will improve for the race fitness-wise and it puts him right in the mix. He beat a good yardstick in Bristol De Mai and there was no fluke about his victory and he went away from him.

People may crab the form, but I see no reason to really and I just feel that in time this horse will need some headgear whether it is sheepskin cheekpieces or whatever.

I think it will make him travel better in the Gold Cup and if he did wear them, I would be very keen on his chances.”

The Bottom Line

Strong Suit
“He is a strong stayer which is what you need in the Gold Cup.”
Weak Spot
“He makes his jockey’s job difficult by dropping on and off the bridle.”