Might Bite is to undergo further veterinary examinations next week following his bleed in the King George VI Chase on Wednesday, At The Races report.
The nine-year-old, who won the race 12 months ago along with a second place finish in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, has struggled on both his starts this season.
Might Bite finished last in the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day, with blood coming from his nose after the race at Kempton.
And talking after the race, trainer Nicky Henderson revealed they will hope to know by the early stages of next week as to what is wrong with the nine-year-old.
Horses bleed, what can you do? It is obviously significant under the circumstances.
It might just be he has an infection in there.
Monday, I would say, we will probably give him a canter and then take a trach wash and take something out of the lungs to send to the laboratory to have it tested, and that will tell you if he has an infection, which would then cause the bleed.
It really depends what we find out. If we find out he has a bug or infection in there, you have three weeks of doing antibiotics.
Henderson then went on to add that the bleeding wasn’t significant, claiming it was a two and a half or three grade out of five.
He was enjoying himself tanking along, then he made a mistake and stopped rather quickly, which is unlike him. Bleeding is not a good thing, but there was nothing to see, it was just a trickle.
It was significant enough to stop him. They grade it out of five and it was two and a half/three, not what we call a red out. The simplest thing would be to find an infection, then you clear that up and clear the bleeding up as well.
Henderson then refused to address future targets for Might Bite, with the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham a potential return date for the 2017 King George VI Chase winner.