Might Bite scores by seven lengths at Aintree

Filed on 12 Apr 2018 @ 15:12

Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up Might Bite went one better at Aintree on Thursday when running out the authoritative seven length victory in the Grade One Betway Bowl.

The Nicky Henderson-trained nine-year-old jumped really well for jockey Nico De Boinville, stalking the front-running Bristol De Mai (who eventually finished second) before bounding clear in the home straight to record his fourth victory at the highest level.

Henderson was delighted with the round of jumping that Might Bite produced this afternoon.

"That was great!" exclaimed the trainer.

"I walked round this morning and it's definitely soft enough. It wasn't as soft as it was at the Cheltenham Festival but I was anxious. He was the one of the three, and by that I mean Buveur d'Air (Champion Hurdle winner), Altior (Champion Chase winner) and him, that has said to us over the past fortnight that he was happy.

"He's been fresh and well since Cheltenham and you'd have thought he'd have been the one who wouldn't be as he had such a gruelling race at The Festival. I've always said I wanted to be mindful of him. He's not a fragile horse in any sense but you always have to be wary of his head. So it was quite brave coming here and I had my doubts.

"However, he's only effectively had three races this season - I know he had a canter round Sandown before the King George (when winning a Listed chase) - and they're here to race.

"His jumping today was just an exhibition round - he's all class. The plan will be the same next year - I'd love to have another crack at the Gold Cup on good ground. We might be a bit braver next year and go to the King George (at Kempton) via the Betfair Chase (at Haydock Park).

"He won't run again this year obviously though."

This was a double on the card for Henderson, who trained We Have A Dream (2/1) to produce an impressive front-running performance to land the G1 Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Hurdle.

The Martaline gelding set a steady tempo throughout the two mile and one furlong event under Daryl Jacob and quickened clear in taking fashion after the last to score by seven lengths from Philip Hobbs' Gumball (20/1) in second.

We Have A Dream's stable companion, the well-supported 6/4 favourite Apple's Shakira was a further 10 lengths behind in third.

We Have A Dream is now unbeaten in five starts in Britain since joining Henderson for owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede

The Seven Barrows maestro said: "We Have A Dream enjoyed that. He's made the running before and whilst he isn't a front-runner, he loves to bowl along in front.

"His jumping is very slick and he was very good today.

"We Have A Dream had the advantage of not going to the Cheltenham Festival as he had a temperature the Monday before. Whilst that was a pity at the time, maybe it was a blessing as he was a fresh horse."

Henderson also confirmed that soft ground was the reason for Gold Present's withdrawal from Saturday's Randox Health Grand National today, adding: "We couldn't run Gold Present in that ground and we will now wait for the Scottish National with him."

Paddy Power make We Have A Dream a 25/1 shot for next year's G1 Unibet Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

Filed on 12 Apr 2018 @ 15:12