The Cheltenham Gold Cup is widely regarded as the most prestigious event in National Hunt racing and plenty of punters will be expecting MIGHT BITE to romp home at Prestbury Park in March’s big race.
Trainer Nicky Henderson has only had positive things to say about his work back home and this quirky horse could be destined for a second successive Festival win.
Might Bite has won his last five races – three of those Grade One events – and a sixth looks likely at Cheltenham. He has the beating of his closest rivals on current form and news of Sizing John’s withdrawal from the showpiece race only extends his claims.
The 2017 Gold Cup winner will not be back to defend his crown due to a minor setback; although his loss is certainly Might Bite’s gain.
Ruby Walsh, one of the best jockeys of all-time, claimed that Might Bite is potentially the greatest racehorse we’ve ever seen; praise indeed from one of the most influential men in the industry.
He drifted in the closing stages of last year’s RSA Chase but responded well to fend off stablemate Whisper in the final furlong. Guts and hunger to win are two traits needed to win a Gold Cup – Might Bite ticks both boxes.
Every horse has its flaws and memories of that nervy finish twelve months ago may have a few punters reconsidering whether to back Might Bite or ponder another option. He is the class horse in the race – he wasn’t at his best in the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park but romped home to win. At 4.10 in Cheltenham 2018 Betfair exchange markets, he is still available at a decent price.
According to Henderson, Might Bite has been jumping tremendously well at home, and the four-time British champion trainer is quietly confident of a third Gold Cup win. Is he as good as Bobs Worth or Long Run? Only time will tell.
If you’re talking about potential, Might Bite certainly deserves his spot in the discussion. He must live up to the hype though and a Gold Cup triumph is the only way to silence the doubters.
Had it not been for last year’s scare, he could have been much shorter in the betting – he is the market principal for a reason. Might Bite isn’t the finished article but he is improving and it would take a brave man to back against him. Looking at his closest rivals, they all have question marks; whether it is Our Duke’s ability to perform at Cheltenham or Killultagh Vic’s jumping after falling in the Irish Gold Cup.
It isn’t the strongest of Gold Cup renewals and Might Bite has the ideal opportunity to write his name into the history books. Nicky Henderson knows that if he stays out of trouble, he is in with a great chance and we should see him ride prominently throughout the race.
Might Bite isn’t a machine but he is a superb racehorse with copious amounts of potential, and it is hard to see anybody beating him at Cheltenham this year.