X

Sunday 24
March

Horse Racing

Might Bite has breathing room for Gold Cup return

3rd January 2019, 15:59 by Simon Barlow

Nicky Henderson says Might Bite is unlikely to race before the Cheltenham Gold Cup after undergoing a procedure to help his breathing.

The 2018 Gold Cup runner-up finished last on his seasonal reappearance at Haydock in November and again trailed in seventh of the seven finishers in the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day.

A trickle of blood was found coming from his nose after the Kempton showpiece and the ten-year-old gelding will now have his palate cauterised, an operation which he also underwent in 2016.

"Our only priority is his health and well-being," said Henderson, who is unconcerned by the proximity to March's jumping showpiece.

"Timing-wise we are absolutely fine, as he'll miss less than two weeks work, which shouldn't hold him back too much as he's already race fit," the trainer added in his Unibet column.

"But it would almost certainly rule him out of running in anything before the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

"He didn't run again between Kempton and the Gold Cup last year, so it shouldn't make any difference again."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Simon Barlow has a wealth of journalism experience and in-depth knowledge in a number of sports. As well as his extensive football knowledge, Simon is also well versed on cricket, tennis, American Football and cycling amongst others.

More Horse Racing

Horse Racing

Winx just keeps on winning

23rd March 2019, 14:36

Australian mare Winx extended her winning run to 32 on Saturday with a fourth victory in the George Ryder Stakes at Rosehill in Sydney.

Horse Racing

Scott mulls Dashel Drasher decisions

22nd March 2019, 17:49

Jeremy Scott has admitted Dashel Drasher is set to swerve Aintree and could go to the Punchestown Festival instead.

Horse Racing

Walford waiting for Mill's National chance

22nd March 2019, 17:28

Robert Walford says Walk In The Mill could go for the Scottish National instead if he misses out on the Aintree showpiece next month.

Horse Racing

National the target for The Young Master

21st March 2019, 15:51

Connections hope The Young Master will be able to contest the Grand National but have other options if he misses the cut.

Horse Racing

Injury ends Frost's National hopes

21st March 2019, 13:03

Jockey Bryony Frost has been ruled out of the Grand National Meeting at Aintree next month with a broken collar bone.

Horse Racing

Punchestown plan for Apple's Jade

20th March 2019, 09:19

Apple's Jade will go to next month's Punchestown Festival in a bid to bounce back from her disappointing Champion Hurdle performance.

Recent Sport Headlines

Golf

Casey seeking Valspar Championship glory

24th March 2019, 11:25

Paul Casey takes a one-shot lead into the final day of the Valspar Championship as he looks to defend his title.

Tennis

Williams calls time on Miami Open

24th March 2019, 11:23

A knee injury has forced eight-time champion Serena Williams to withdraw from the Miami Open.

Norwich City

United linked with Godfrey

24th March 2019, 10:40

Manchester United are targeting a £10million swoop for Norwich City youngster Ben Godfrey.

West Bromwich Albion

Rondon future in balance

24th March 2019, 10:40

West Brom striker Salomon Rondon would prefer to join Newcastle on a permanent basis than move to Everton.

Brighton & Hove Albion

Ryan keen to make fans proud

24th March 2019, 09:32

Brighton are desperate to make more great memories for the fans in the FA Cup, Mathew Ryan has revealed.

Crystal Palace

Palace sweat on Wan-Bissaka fitness

24th March 2019, 09:29

Crystal Palace ace Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been forced to pull out of the England under-21 squad through injury.

Newcastle United

Magpies target German starlet

24th March 2019, 08:48

Newcastle are reported to be weighing up a move for young Mainz midfielder Erkan Eyibil.

Everton

Lille starlet on Everton radar

24th March 2019, 08:36

Lille forward Rafael Leao is making an impression in Ligue 1 this season and has emerged as a transfer target for Everton.