Trainer Nicky Henderson is considering taking Might Bite on an away-day school in order to build up his confidence, following a disappointing performance at last weekend’s Betfair Chase, Racing UK report.
Going into the race last weekend, 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, however, Henderson refused to blame the course, claiming an early mistake sent Might Bite into ‘panic mode’.
And following the disappointment at Haydock, Henderson may now look at taking the nine-year-old away from Seven Barrows to jump some fences.
Talking on his Unibet blog, Henderson admitted a return to Kempton on Boxing Day is the aim for Might Bite.
He made a mistake at the second fence and his brain simply went out of gear after that and we knew our chance was done with very early on.
He hasn’t done any schooling yet, we’ll begin that next week, and start to build his confidence up again, but the 32Red King George is the only place we want to end up so, all being well he’ll be off to Kempton on Boxing Day.
He’ll do lots more practice at home, but I would like to take him to a racecourse to jump four or five fences away, although if that happens I don’t know – racecourses don’t just open their gates and say ‘go on Nicky, go and jump all our fences’, but there is Warwick which has a schooling ground, so we may have a look at something like that.