Might Bite In Pole Position To Win The 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup

Might Bite In Pole Position To Win The 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup

 

With less than 50 days until the 2018 Cheltenham Festival gets underway, the National Hunt world are now turning their full focus and attention to the famous spring meeting. Spanning four days, Cheltenham is a haven for horse racing fans – and people will travel down to Prestbury Park from all over the world to watch the best horses, trainers and jockeys in action.

The highlight of March’s Festival is, of course, the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Sizing John romped home in the 2017 event to win one of National Hunt racing’s biggest prizes and punters will be expecting another fiercely contested race this time around. Unfortunately for any Sizing John backers, Nicky Henderson’s Might Bite, winner of the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park, may be the one to beat.

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Looking back at the Kempton showpiece, Might Bite was a class above his Grade One rivals and the manner in which he destroyed a competitive field was very impressive indeed. Soft spring ground would suit but Might Bite won’t care too much. He is versatile and would be just as strong over good ground; Henderson will be very confident of notching a third win in this prestigious race.

He has previous around the tricky Cheltenham circuit too. Might Bite led from start to finish in the RSA Novices’ Chase at the Festival last year but almost handed victory to stablemate Whisper in the closing stages. Previously described as quirky by some in the racing industry, Might Bite produced a faultless round of jumping at Kempton, following up his straightforward victory at Sandown on his seasonal reappearance.

Once touted as a potential National Hunt Triple Crown winner, Might Bite will now be aimed solely at the Gold Cup. There are no doubts over his stamina and he is a deserving favourite at the present moment. With Thistlecrack hampered by injury and Bristol De Mai struggling to get back to his best, this may be Might Bite’s time to shine. Punters can back him at 7/2 over at William Hill before March’s big race.

 

Henderson has confidence in Might Bite’s ability and, while he is susceptible to playing up from time to time, the nine-year-old is talented enough to win a Gold Cup. Sizing John will be in the mix, as will Native River if Colin Tizzard aims him at the Festival’s main event instead of the Grand National. No matter where you look in the betting, there are plenty of viable contenders who could pip Might Bite to the finishing line.
The race is starting to take shape and punters will be expecting a competitive field for this year’s Gold Cup. Sizing John’s disappointing run last time out has seen the pendulum swing back in Might Bite’s favour and plenty of racing fans will expect Henderson’s stable star to romp home. If he jumps well, he will take some beating and it may prove prudent for bettors to look at the ante-post markets sooner rather than later.

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