Cheltenham Saturday

SANTINI (Nicky Henderson/Nico de Boinville) justified 13/8 favouritism in the Cotswold Chase, beating market rival Bristol De Mai (Nigel Twiston-Davies/Daryl Jacob) by three and a half lengths in a race which became a match on the final circuit, and while neither of the principals was foot perfect, they deserve special credit for pulling 29 lengths clear of Top Ville Ben and the rest of the field in a race run at a generous gallop, dictated by Bristol De Mai throughout.