Might Bite can get his teeth into rivals
MIGHT BITE looks all right for the Betfair Chase at Haydock today (3.00).
Nicky Henderson’s star can get the better of his big rival Native River on what should be decent ground.
The pair crossed swords in a memorable Cheltenham Gold Cup last season where the heavy going meant Native River’s bottomless stamina came into play.
It was a cracking battle between the two but the Henderson runner just got stuck in the mud going up the hill.
It will be a very different situation today where the shorter trip, better going and flatter track are all pluses in the Might Bite column.
He has regular pilot Nico De Boinville in the saddle which is another plus after he was passed fit to ride.
Might Bite had one more run after Cheltenham and it was arguably his best of the campaign as he landed a convincing win in the Aintree Bowl at the Grand National meeting.
That was over a similar distance to this race and his excellent jumping will be a major asset today.
Native River is not lightly overlooked but, unless there’s plenty of rain, his stamina won’t really come into play. As a former Welsh National winner he goes all day so will probably try to stretch them from the front.
What that is likely to do is set up the race for Might Bite.
Bristol De Mai cruised to victory in this race 12 months ago and could spring what would be a shock follow-up.
It’s fair to say that things headed south slightly after that victory and he was seven lengths behind Might Bite when they met at Aintree in April. It could be that this is his time of the year and his cup final but he needs an even better performance than last year.
Thistlecrack will still have his fan club but his career has not gone to plan in the past couple of years and would need the sort of form that brought him the King George in 2016 to have a say today.
Revenge mission: Might Bite