Might Bite to undergo breathing operation after struggling for form

Nico de Boinville on Might Bite

Might Bite is unlikely to race before March’s Cheltenham Gold Cup after undergoing a procedure to help his breathing, says the chaser’s trainer Nicky Henderson.

The 2018 Gold Cup runner-up has finished last in his two races this season.

A trickle of blood was found coming from his nose post-race at Kempton after last week’s King George VI Chase.

“Our only priority is his health and well-being,” said Henderson.

He explained that the 10-year-old would have his palate cauterised, an operation which he also underwent in 2016.

“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.

“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.”

The horse was well beaten on his seasonal reappearance at Haydock in November and again looked out of sorts at Kempton, finishing well behind the winner Clan Des Obeaux, prompting concerns from Henderson.

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