Triple Crown aim for Might Bite

20 September 2018 03:28:23 EST

Now described as being more "grown up" by champion trainer Nicky Henderson, Might Bite will be aimed at the JCR Jumps Triple Crown bonus this season.

A £1million incentive remains on offer for any horse that can win the Betfair Chase at Haydock in November and Kempton's King George VI Chase on Boxing Day, before going on to land Gold Cup glory at Cheltenham in March.

This time we have to go down the £1million bonus road.

Nicky Henderson

Last season Henderson elected not to enter Might Bite in the Haydock contest, before he went to Kempton and won with authority over Christmas. He would then chase home Native River in a thrilling Gold Cup duel in the Cotswolds in the spring.

Now nine years old, Henderson feels the old questions over Might Bite's temperament no longer apply and the Seven Barrows handler is content to start out at Haydock in November in the Betfair Chase and, he admits, win there and there is only one way to go.

"We gave him an easier start in that intermediate race at Sandown, rather than thinking about Haydock or anything like that, as the King George was the project and it's still very much the first major project again," said Henderson.

"Now this time we have to go down the £1million bonus road, so we'll aim to go for the Betfair Chase first and if you win that then you're immediately the only man standing, so it's obvious you've got to try and he's grown up enough now.

"He was pretty grown up all last season and I thought he was great in the Gold Cup. I wouldn't say that the ground beat him but a better horse on the ground beat him."

Might Bite is 11/4 to win the Betfair Chase at Haydock on 24th November, with last year's winner Bristol De Mai priced at 9/4 for Nigel Twiston-Davies and reigning Gold Cup kingpin Native River 3/1.

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