Four from four for Might Bite
“We’ll got for the King George, then plan second half of the season” was the reaction from trainer Nicky Henderson as Might Bite made it four from four over fences by winning the Future Stars Intermediate Chase at Sandown on Sunday.
“It was straightforward. His jumping was great. He just neded a run and I think he was running a bit fresh. He settled well and he jumped beautifully. That was ideal.
“Our objective now is the King George. He won’t run again until then and he’ll be miles straighter than he was today. That’s part one done. Our job is now to get him there on Boxing Day quite a lot fitter than he was today. I wouldn’t say a racecourse gallop would go amiss, actually.”
Might Bite is one of the market leaders for the Cheltenham Gold Cup but Henderson said: “We’ll try and win the King George and then make a second-half-of-the-season plan.”
The eight-year-old asserted himself over the last couple of Sandown’s fences and justified his short odds of 4-9 favourite to score comfortably by eight lengths under Nico de Boinville, who said: “He was very fresh and well going down to the first. I felt I had to take it up when I did just because he was enjoying himself so much.
“He’ll come on bundles for that. The big fences played to his strengths. He was pretty straightforward and he’ll come on loads for that.”