Might Bite Could Be Set For Aintree Test In April

Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up Might Bite could be set to appear one final time before the end of the 2017/18 national hunt season in the Aintree Bowl during their Grand National meeting. Nicky Henderson’s runner finished just over four lengths behind Native River at the Festival and, as long as he shows no signs of being tired over the next few weeks, he will line up in Merseyside.

Despite defeat in the Gold Cup, it has been a brilliant campaign for the nine-year-old. After an impressive novice chase season, with the highlight of his victories coming in the RSA Chase, he made the perfect start after his summer break to score at Sandown in a sound round of jumping at the Esher-track.

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Might Bite announced himself in the open age company back in December as he landed the Grade One King George VI Chase, the most prestigious prize of his career so far. The field at Kempton included Thistlecrack, Bristol De Mai and Fox Norton but none of the leading horses in the division could prevent him from sealing the Christmas feature race.

Connections of the horse were expecting a big run at Cheltenham in the Blue Riband event of the Festival and he played his part in producing a brilliant duel between himself and Native River as the two horses set the pace, running the opposition into the ground with their strong sectionals early into the contest.

If he does participate in the Grand National meeting next month, it will be the second year running that the chaser has appeared at the three day festival. Might Bite lined up and won the Mildmay Novices’ Chase in 2017, just weeks after his victory at Cheltenham. You can find tips and betting advice for the meeting at Aintree and other leading international races when over at Champion Bets. The bookmakers are likely to make Might Bite the favourite for the Aintree Bowl, where he could meet many of his rivals who he beat in the Gold Cup.

Gold Cup Likely To Be Target Again Next Season For Might Bite

A shot at the Cheltenham Gold Cup is likely to be the main target next season for Might Bite who will be looking to replicate what Native River did by winning the 3m2f contest at the second attempt after finishing in the placings on their debut.

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Next year’s Gold Cup could also feature 2017 champion Sizing John, who was forced to miss the Festival this year due to injury, RSA Chase winner Presenting Percy and JLT Novices’ Chase champion Shattered Love.

It is Native River though who is the +500 favourite to become the first horse since Best Mate in 2003 to defend its crown in the race. Colin Tizzard’s runner has won the Hennessy Gold Cup, Welsh Grand National and the most prestigious trophy in national hunt race anywhere in the world. If he can prevail in the Gold Cup again in 12 months’ time, he is likely to be considered as one of the greatest staying chasers of the modern era.

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