Owner hop­ing for an­other big suc­cess

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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.

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