Nicky Henderson has outlined plans for his various stable stars in his Unibet blog.
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Might Bite: "I think last year was all about just making sure that he was the finished article. I was very conscious of getting his mind absolutely right for the 32Red King George rather than having a big dust up with the big boys at Haydock which turned out to be very soft ground- it would have been a mistake.
"Luckily, we had a nice easy race and that took him nicely into the King George. To be fair this year our intention is to be more ambitious and go to Haydock to start with, unless it was similar ground to last year, that would make us think again but then you have got to think where you can go? You can’t run in a graduation this time so if you think about it, he probably has got to go to Haydock."
Altior: "He has done everything right, he has done for three years. It was bizarre (last season) because in his prep work early on there was nothing at all and then we changed gallops and all of a sudden, he made a noise. Glad to say that we have switched gallops already this year and he is not making a noise so there is some good news for you.”
“All we are really saying is that if the entries for the King George closed tomorrow we would probably put him in it, but then we have got to think what we are doing with Might Bite as well. The only possible place he could go before the Tingle Creek is the Shloer at Cheltenham and if he was ready I would think about that.”
Buveur D’Air: “He would have made a very good chaser but sooner or later that season, it was the same season as Altior as a novice, he was going to bump into him. The Champion Hurdle was very open and one of them had to come back and have a crack at it because I was fairly confident that either of them could have won it, but Altior was going well over fences. I’m not saying Buveur D’air wasn’t but his technique was rather more Hurdleish than chasing, if you know what I mean, and we all agreed that was what we ought to do and he hasn’t looked back. He has won two Unibet Champion Hurdles and we want a third one.”
On the wind operation this summer:
“We have always been a bit suspicious of him, he’s been a very stuffy horse and taken a lot of work (to get right). I just thought it would help him and so between his Summer holiday and coming in, he has had it attended to rather like Altior. Of course, this time the timing was fine and he is perfectly on schedule for the Fighting Fifth and it hasn’t interrupted him at all."