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Aintree Rewind: Might Bite bounces back from Gold Cup heartbreak to win the 2018 Betway Bowl

Nicky Henderson’s much-loved talent Might Bite returned to winning ways at the Grand National Festival



Might Bite ridden by Nico de Boinville jumps the last prior to winning the Betway Bowl Chase during day one of the 2018 Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool.

After being unable to get the better of the brave Native River in the Gold Cup, Might Bite was given one more assignment in the 2017/18 National Hunt Season.

The then nine-year-old was entered into the Betway Bowl at Aintree, with Nicky Henderson hoping his gelding would end the season on a high.

Might Bite was defeated by Native River in a memorable Gold Cup duel a month before

Might Bite tracked leader Bristol De Mai for the majority of the contest, before joining the grey chaser five from home.


By two out, the 2017 King George hero pushed in front and didn’t look back, clearing away from his rivals to land a seven-length victory.

Sadly, it would be the last time Henderson’s runner would be in the winners’ enclosure as he would struggle to recreate his Grade 1 winning form over the next two and a half-seasons.

Nicky Henderson reading a racecard at the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Nicky Henderson will be represented by Mister Fisher in the 2021 renewal of the Betway Bowl

Might Bite would eventually be retired in January 2021.

Did you know? Only Wayward Lad (1985 & 1987) and First Gold (2001 & 2003) have regained the Betway Bowl since its inception in 1984.

Reece Charlton is a Content Writer at Low6 that specializes in horse racing. He is an avid hunter of value in the racing world, picking out longshots six days a week across the National Hunt and Flat cards on offer across the UK and Ireland. He keeps punters and race fans in the know with his racing expertise with previews and value picks for all the big cards and meetings.