Sunday, 12 November 2017

Might Bite in 'fantastic form' ahead of Sandown return

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Nicky Henderson reports dual Grade One hero Might Bite is 'absolutely brilliant' ahead of his return in the Future Stars Intermediate Chase (2:20) at Sandown.

The eight-year-old is unbeaten in 2017, having won by a long way at Doncaster before his memorable RSA Chase victory at the Festival.

He cleared the final fence to lead by a significant margin, only to drastically veer right and allow stablemate Whisper to take over. But under a powerful charge by Nico de Boinville he rallied back to win by a nose.

He established himself as a leading novice when following up at Aintree, to win the Mildmay by two lengths.

Although his jumping record isn't the greatest he firmly fits into a puzzled Gold Cup picture.

"I must say he has been absolutely brilliant and I’m very excited to have him out," said the Champion trainer.

"He’s jumping well, schooling beautifully and arrives here in fantastic form. Everything is fine with him and he’s actually quite sharp at the moment, which means he’s ready to run.

"There are only four runners but it looks a decent race and with Paul Nicholls saddling two, he’s obviously not planning on leaving us alone!

"Hopefully this will be a nice re-introduction and put him spot on for the King George."

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Might Bite is currently favourite for next month's King George, which was won by Thistlecrack last year

Well suited to Kempton's flat track, he is currently the 7-2 antepost favourite for Boxing Day's spectacular King George.

On that card last year he fell when well clear in the Kauto Star Novices' Chase, he could've won by a big margin.

Might Bite takes on just three rivals. Paul Nicholls' saddled December Gold Cup hero Frodon, and Grand National-bound As De Mee.

Alan King's Label Des Obeaux completes the field

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