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Henderson hails Might Bite after King George joy

By Graham Clark

Might Bite advanced his Cheltenham Gold Cup claims when laying to rest his Kempton demons with victory in the 32Red King George VI Chase.

After suffering a final-fence fall in the Kauto Star Novices' Chase at the track 12 months ago, the eight-year-old gained deserved compensation to complete a Grade One double for trainer Nicky Henderson, who had earlier won the Christmas Hurdle with Buveur D'Air.

Close to the pace throughout, Might Bite (6-4 favourite) hit the front rounding the home turn before digging deep after the last to hold off the challenge of Double Shuffle by a length, with Tea For Two a further two lengths adrift in third.

Henderson said: "He is good to watch. You could enjoy watching horses like him all day. He loves all the showmanship and he likes to jump like that."

All roads for Might Bite now lead towards the Cheltenham Gold Cup, for which he was cut from 6-1 into 5-1 by Coral.

Henderson added: "The next question is what we do next. We will probably have another run.

"Cheltenham is a different ball game and he will probably want to go right."

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