Santini satisfied his charging with a great introduction over wall in the Ladbrokes John Francome Novices’ Chase at Newbury.
Having closed down last season with a Grade One triumph at Aintree, the monumental six-year-old made a consistent progress to pursuing in the all-encompassing two-mile-seven-furlong challenge.
Despite the fact that creation one oversight mid-race, the 11-8 most loved made the most of his class when wearing out the conspicuously ridden Rocky’s Treasure after the rearward in the Grade Two prize, before cleaning up to score by four lengths under Nico de Boinville.
He was sliced to 3-1 for the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March by both Unibet, Paddy Power and Betfair, while Coral went 9-2 for a similar race.
Henderson stated: “You would need to be exceptionally satisfied about it. I was apprehensive about the ground. He is a delightful steed, however he is huge and he is gross. He is very laid-back about it at home.
“We got on the grass on Thursday to class and that was the principal day he has woken up, however he is that way. I couldn’t trust he was straight enough, frankly. He is so sluggish about everything. I thought it was an incredible execution.
“Nico gave him a dazzling ride, as he let him discover his feet, and in spite of the fact that he committed a few little errors, he let him consider it.
“He bounced two or three somewhat enormous, however he was simply learning and he will take in a great deal for now and he will come on any sum.”
Looking to feasible arrangements, Henderson pointed towards Kempton Park on Boxing Day.
He stated: “I guess he should go to Kempton (Kauto Star Novices’ Chase), as there are so few you can run him in.”