Following Might Bite’s failure in the Betfair Chase at Haydock, trainer Nicky Henderson refused to use the fences as an excuse, blaming himself instead, the Racing Post report.
Going into the race, Might Bite, who won last season’s King George VI Chase and came second in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, was made the favourite in the five-horse field.
However, after an out of character performance, the nine-year-old eventually finished last, 20 lengths behind fourth-placed Clan Des Obeaux.
Haydock’s fences came under scrutiny during the event, with seven out of the total 25 runners in the four chases on the card either falling or unseating their rider.
Clerk of the course Kirkland Tellwright admitted after that the fences would be reviewed before the track’s next meeting, however, Henderson took all the blame for Might Bite’s disappointing performance.
Talking after the race, Henderson, who checked the track and fences before the race, said:
He nudged a fence early on then looked as if he was coming into the race but he was beaten too soon to be fair.
He wasn’t jumping as he usually does, normally he’s just deadly but he was spending too much time in the air. That’s not the whole story to it, maybe he wasn’t as straight as I thought he was. He’s going to be scoped.
They have built us some big fences for today and it’s not the first one that has caught out one of mine either. I’m not blaming the fences, blame the trainer!