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Half-sister to Might Bite and Beat That to debut at Southwell for Henderson

Bridal Knot is out of the winning pointer Knotted Midge, who is by Presenting

Might Bite after winning the King George in 2017
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Bridal Knot has plenty to live up to based on family achievements, and the wraps will be taken off the daughter of Walk In The Park in the bumper at Southwell (1.55) on Tuesday. 

The four-year-old is a half-sister to two Grade 1-winning performers in Might Bite and Beat That and, just like the famed pair, is trained by Nicky Henderson. 

Bridal Knot is the fifth foal out of the Presenting mare Knotted Midge and was bred by John O'Brien. Sporting the same colours as Might Bite - The Knot Again Partnership - the filly's illustrious half-brother was a three-time winner over hurdles but promised to improve as a chaser given his size and scope.

Might Bite, a son of Scorpion, proved to be one of the best chasers of his generation. Having finished second on his debut at Ffos Las and then won at Doncaster, he was putting up a stunning performance in the Kauto Star Novices' Chase before a dramatic fall at the final fence when well in command. 

The gelding made amends when readily winning at Doncaster once again before putting up a scarcely believable effort when pulling clear in the RSA Chase at Cheltenham before hanging dramatically up the hill and then getting back up to hold off stablemate Whisper. 

Beat That: top-class novice hurdler

Following another success, this time in the Mildmay Novices' Chase at Aintree, he supplemented a Sandown win with victory in the King George and then a brave second to Native River in the Gold Cup. He landed his final career start in the Betway Bowl Chase. 

The pair are also related to Beat That, a son of Milan whose finest hour on the track came when winning the Sefton Novices' Hurdle and Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle at Aintree and Punchestown in the colours of Michael Buckley. 

Knotted Midge was herself a winning pointer for Francis Flood at Coolkip. An €18,000 purchase from Ballyhampshire Stud at the 2004 Goffs June National Hunt Sale, the mare is a half-sister to the Grade 3-placed hurdler Dushybeag as well as a full-sibling to Drombeag, a four-time-winning chaser for JP McManus. 

Bridal Knot will face nine rivals on her racecourse bow, including Blame The Farrier, a half-brother to Flat Listed scorer Balaythous and Crambo, a Saddler Maker gelding from the family of Grade 1 hurdle winner Beaumec De Houelle and German Derby winner Sisfahan. 


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The pair are also related to Beat That, a son of Milan whose finest hour on the track came when winning the Sefton Novices' Hurdle
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