Might Bite is set to be switched to hurdles next by Nicky Henderson after his disappointing run in the Many Clouds Hurdle.
The 10-year-old was pitched in against the Colin Tizzard-trained Native River in Saturday's three-mile Group Two outing at Aintree - a repeat of the 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup which Native River edged.
However, Might Bite unseated his rider Nico de Boinville after just four fences to leave the way clear for Native River to ease to victory.
Might Bite did continue around the rest of the course and continued to jump the remaining fences with Henderson confirming that he came through the experience with no issues.
He said: "He seems fine. He continued on round (after unseating De Boinville) and jumped like a bird the rest of the way.
"It is frustrating. Now I'm in real trouble. I could even think about a hurdle race, as where do I find a race (over fences) for him?
"Nico has been saying he wants two-and-a-half miles, but let's face it, Native River was setting him a pace that he was comfortable with on Saturday.
"The alternative was to go for the Peterborough Chase (at Huntingdon on Sunday), but I don't think he could have laid up with them.
"He doesn't want two-and-a-half, he wants three miles."
Article Posted on Tuesday 10th December 2019 @ 07.49
Join BTO Today!
Create your FREE BTO account to access great extra features such as setting up custom horse alerts, customising your race card experience and more! It's completely FREE!
LOGIN or Create an Account