Nicky Henderson believes he has penciled in the next race for his 2017 King George VI winner Might Bite, with the 11 year old set to feature in next month’s William Hill Grand Sefton Handicap Chase at Aintree.
The Cheltenham Gold Cup second back in 2018 has not been the same horse since that season where he rounded off his campaign off in style to land the Betway Bowl at Aintree.
The 10 year old has won four Grade One races during his esteemed career including a Cheltenham festival winner in one of the most dramatic RSA Chases since the race was established.
Henderson is hoping more than anything to get his chaser back to his best but now becoming a veteran in the sport his connections are just hoping he will be able to compete in some nice events.
The son of Scorpion was seen five times last term and was poor in all his efforts, unseating his rider on debut in the Many Clouds at aintree, being pulled up at Cheltenham in a Handicap Hurdle and then finishing out the placings on his last three outings, including the Cross Country Chase at the Cheltenham festival.
He finished fifth over three miles on his return at Ascot last month, but would be dropping back to, two miles and five furlongs at Aintree and Henderson and De Boinville believe it should bring the best out of him.
(Credit ATR) Henderson said: “I’ve put him in the Grand Sefton and that’s what I’m thinking. Nico has always been keen to bring him back in trip, I’ve never quite agreed on that one, but here is an opportunity to do that.
“I think the trip round there will be fine and it will be better than the three-miles-six in the cross-country race at Cheltenham in December. I think he will be fine jumping those fences.
“He loved it at Ascot on his comeback and he has been in great form since.”