Owner hoping for another big success
RSA Chase favourite Santini made his debut at the Duke of Beaufort point-to-point in 2017 and connections will be hoping lightning strikes twice at the weekend.
Owner Richard Kelvin-hughes could be represented by St Barts in the 4-5-6 and 7 year old Maiden.
Sent off at 3-1, Santini blitzed the field by 15 lengths at this fixture two years ago and by the autumn he had transferred to Nicky Henderson’s National Hunt yard.
The winner of four of his six races, which includes the Grade One Sefton Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree’s Grand National meeting, the seven-year-old is highly regarded as a chasing prospect.
The equine flu outbreak has limited his trainer to giving him two starts over the bigger obstacles but many believe Cheltenham will suit him better than Kempton, where he finished third over Christmas.
The winner La Bague Au Roi has advertised the form since and bookmakers rate him a 3-1 chance to go two places better at The Festival in two weeks’ time.
Saturday’s point-to-point near Tetbury (GL9 1EA) begins at 11.30am with pony races, with the main action underway at 12.30pm.