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.

Top Contenders for the 2018 Grand National

by Rich Nilsen

The Grand National at Aintree Racecourse is a test of endurance, stamina and class like no other race in the world. Dating back to 1839 in England, the prestigious horse race challenges a large field of runners to contest the hurdles and flats over four grueling miles. The winner of the Grand National on April 14, 2018 will be a true champion, and their name will never be forgotten.

 

According to America’s Best Racing the Grand National is watched by over 500 million people around the globe, and roughly two-thirds of the adult population in the United Kingdom will have some type of wager on the great race. Like with the Kentucky Derby in the United States, you have to have a rooting interest in this thrilling contest.  Bet £10, get £30 when you bet on Grand National.

 

Currently three horses are garnering the majority of the action in the future books, led by the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Blaklion.  The winner of the Becher Chase stands at 10-1 in the future betting with most of the international bookmakers but is as high as 12-1 with William Hill.  He has won over this course, demonstrating an important affinity for the track, and he enters off an excellent prep race where he finished second.

 

The co-favorite in the wagering with Blaklion is Total Recall (Ire). He is also listed at 10-1 but is higher in some spots. The nine-year-old son of Westerner has won three in a row since moving into the barn of W. P. Mullins. He is the hot horse in sharp form.

 

Steeplechase scene black whiteAt the time of this publication the third choice for the Grand National at 14-1 is The Last Samuri (Ire).  Now ten years old, the gelding will take another crack at the big race.  He was the highweight in last year’s event, packing over 160lbs, but he finished a disappointing 16th.  The Last Samuri hasn’t visited the winner’s circle since 2016, however, and this is a tough spot to get back on the winning track.

 

A dark horse in the wagering could be the French gelding Alpha Des Obeaux (Fr).  He’s not the most consistent runner but he has been racing regularly and on his best day, he merits a chance for a piece of the Grand National.

 

When it comes to riders for the great race, look at talented jockeys such as Ruby Walsh, who won his Grand National debut at age 20 back in 2000 aboard Papillon.  Walsh won again in 2005 and has placed in other attempts at Aintree.  Other riders to keep a close eye on include Jason Maguire and Timmy Murphy, both of whom compete for the sharp barn of trainer Donald McCain.

 

Focus your Grand National wagers on horses between the age of nine and 11.  The youth and experience of seven and eight-year-olds often takes its toll in this race, and the oldest runners (age 12 and beyond) have proven to be a poor investment.  The senior runners may hit the board, but they rarely capture the top prize.

 

Tune in on April 14th for this amazing race as up to 40 runners will attempt to contest up to 16 fences of varying heights and widths.  There is no race like the Grand National, so sit back, place a wager and best of luck!