Horse Racing Betting Preview: Nicky Henderson’s Hellraiser Might Bite in the King George Chase
Might Bite to win the King George at 7/4 with Betfair Sportsbook
The 2017 renewal of the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival will live long in the memory, not just because it was a fantastic race, but because of the drama created by MIGHT BITE, who now finds himself as the 7/4 betting favourite for the King George race on Boxing Day.
On the face of it, this is quite a short price, but this dark and impressively built steeplechaser is tremendously exciting and the rest of his rivals will really have to be at the very top of their game to topple trainer Nicky Henderson’s charge in what is shaping up to be another Christmas cracker at Kempton Park.
Might Bite returned to racing action this season a month ago when taking on a small and inferior field at Sandown Park. The Esher venue is one of the most demanding chase tracks in the UK and it wasn’t so much the horses he beat there, but the manner in which he managed to impose himself over those fences and win without seemingly turning a hair.
In last year’s Kauto Star Novices’ Chase, this 8-year old horse fell at the last after a mesmerising display of jumping from the front the whole way round under Nico De Boinville. He jumps fences like few horses can and despite a hellraising moment in the RSA Chase in March, he is a class act.
Stamina is of no concern, so with question marks over Thistlecrack’s well being and Bristol De Mai’s ability to peak away from Haydock, the door is open for our King George betting tip to shine on the big stage.
Nicky Henderson decided against running Might Bite in the Betfair Chase, which is just as well because Bristol De Mai is next to unbeatable around Haydock Park and it would’ve been an unnecessarily hard race en route to his main early season target.
Whisper ran a stormer in the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury and won’t be found wanting if others flounder, while Fox Norton and Sizing John offer a strong hand for the Alan Potts colours.
But Might Bite is the most naturally talented horse in this line-up and if he puts it all together, he will be a sight to behold on the 26th of December.