Might Bite gives Nicky Henderson three winners at Aintree
Might Bite wins the Betway Bowl to give Nicky Henderson three winners at Aintree
Nico de Boinville riding Might Bite clear the last to win The Betway Bowl Steeple Chase at Aintree racecourse. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
Nicky Henderson had a successful day at Aintree on Thursday, scoring three winners to open her Grand National Festival account.
Of her three winners including 2018 Betway Bowl champion Might Bite, which jumped superbly throughout to turn the tables on his Cheltenham Gold Cup defeat.
Might Bite was the 4/5 favourite with bookmakers and the nine-year-old, ridden by Nico de Boinville, only had one challenger throughout the race and after a mistake at the fourth-last fence it looked as though his race could be over but he recovered brilliantly to score nicely.
"He's a magnificent animal and a joy to ride. He jumped with real panache and gusto," said De Boinville.
Henderson was equally impressed with the win and indicated Might Bite could now head towards the Betfair Chase at Haydock in November before defending his King George VI Chase title at Kempton.
"That was as good a round of jumping as you'll ever see. He was just on it the whole way - he was doing crazy things," Henderson said.
Stablemates We Have A Dream and L'Ami Serge were also winners at Aintree to give Henderson a winning treble.
The story of the day, however, could have belonged to Guy Disney, who became the first amputee rider to complete the national circuit.
Disney, who lost his leg in Afghanistan, finished last of 12 runners but that didn't sour the moment.
"Riding with Jamie Codd, just in front of you, and Derek O'Connor and Nina Carberry alongside, popping away - it's amazing," Disney said.
The 2018 Grand National runs on Saturday for a stake of £1 million.