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Trainer Nicky Henderson. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Trainer Nicky Henderson. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

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Trainer Nicky Henderson. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Might Bite could take on dual Grand National winner Tiger Roll in the Glenfarclas Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Nicky Henderson is considering giving multiple Grade One-winner Might Bite an outing over the cross-country course, in a race which has also been earmarked as a target for Gordon Elliott's Aintree hero.

Having failed to complete either of his first two starts this season, Might Bite showed a glimpse of his former self at Newbury on Saturday, finishing a respectable third behind Native River in the Grade Two Denman Chase.

"We have been trying to rekindle him back to form and we are thinking of the cross-country chase at Cheltenham, but it is only an idea," said Henderson.

"We have been messing about with him for a few weeks at home, jumping all sorts of funny things, and he has been enjoying it. There have been a lot of people calling for him to be retired, but we rode him differently on Saturday, out on his own and he really enjoyed it and jumped great."

Altior is back on course for a Queen Mother Champion Chase hat-trick bid after his return to winning form.

Henderson's brilliant two-miler shared top billing with another returning champion and a rising star, as the former Gold Cup winner Native River also landed short odds and youngster Pic D'Orhy sprang a 33/1 shock in the Betfair Hurdle.

Henderson is hoping to hear positive news regarding stablemate Never Adapt, which was taken for X-rays after pulling up lame in the Betfair Hurdle.

Henderson added: "All those that ran at Newbury yesterday were fine except for Never Adapt. She did appear to have a problem and was taken straight to the equine hospital near Newbury.

"She jumped the first, then something went wrong and Barry pulled her up. They hadn't found anything straight away, so they did some X-rays last night as she was quite a sore girl."

On a weekend which saw Storm Ciara wipe out all three of yesterday's fixtures, there was time first for Graded action at Warwick - where Rouge Vif stated his credentials for the Arkle.

Harry Whittington's six-year-old was a convincing seven-length winner of the Grade Two Kingmaker over the minimum trip.

Yesterday's postponed meeting at Punchestown has been rescheduled for tomorrow with original entries standing.

Irish Independent