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Might Bite was a length winner of the King George at Kempton under Nico De Boinville. Nicky Henderson's gelding mixed it with Betfair Chase winner Bristol De Mai from the outset and had that opponent before turning for home. While he had to be driven out to secure victory, he never looked like relinquishing his advantage. It was a fine display of galloping and jumping. Both Double Shuffle and Tea For Two ran very well to fill the places with Thistlecrack a creditable fourth but still looking a shadow of his former self. Bristol De Mai never jumped with his usual fluency and made a mistake down the backstraight on the final circuit. Perhaps the ground wasn't soft enough on his Haydock win had left its mark. The other major disappointment was Fox Norton who was struggling before the trip became an issue and was eventually pulled up. Might Bite produced a very good performance but the Christmas showpiece proved something of anti-climax.
Owners Simon Munir and Isaac Suede enjoyed better fortune across the Irish Sea with Footpad maintaining his unbeaten record over fences with another tremendous display of jumping before winning the Grade 1 Racing Post Novice Chase at Leopardstown. Willie Mullins' gelding readily sauntered clear turning for home before scoring by eleven lengths. He very much sets the standard as far as the Arkle at Cheltenham next March is concerned.
There were a couple of bumper winners, namely Blackbow and The Big Bite at Leopardstown and Huntingdon respectively, who featured in Tom Lacey's interview in One Jump Ahead. The first named was acquired by Willie Mullins and he won by nearly four lengths on his first start for his new connections on his Rules debut, while the other was transferred to Tom George during the late summer/Autumn and he defied greenness to make it two out of two in bumpers. A two and a half lengths winner, the Scorpion gelding has a bright future. Indeed, it was a good day for his sire as he is also responsible for the 2017 King George winner.
Well done to Irish expert Declan Phelan for highlighting Grade 1 winner Gilgamboa as one of his best bets of the Festive period in the Christmas Special. Partnered by Nina Carberry, the J.P.McManus owned gelding won the hunters' chase at Down Royal by three parts of a length. Otherwise, it was a disappointing day of results - the Email Service selection seemed to sit to close to a strong early gallop and paid for it late on, while the defeat of Kildisart just about summed the whole day up.
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