Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle Betting Tips – Notre Pari Weighted to Strike at Chepstow

Chepstow Betting Tips · Saturday, 10th Oct 2020 - 15:57

JP McManus gelding has plenty going for him

Notre Pari looks on a handy mark and decent value to land the spoils in the valuable extended 2m 3f Grade 3 Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle at Chepstow on Saturday (15:57).

This six-year-old ran well to finish runner-up in his sole start in an Irish point, after which he was purchased by leading owner JP McManus and sent to join Olly Murphy.

He then shaped with stacks of promise on hurdling debut for his new handler when third of 15 to Elusive Belle at Warwick last April.

After being held-up in mid-division, Notre Pari made good headway to track the leaders two from home, before keeping on under tender handling to be beaten 3 1/2 lengths.

The winner is a smart sort who earlier in the season had finished a 2 1/4 lengths runner-up to subsequent dual Grade 1 scorer Reserve Tank.

Elusive Belle also ran very well on her first start last season when third to subsequent Champion Hurdle winner Epatante in a Listed contest at Newbury – so that gives the form a strong look.

More to come and booking of O’Neill a plus

Notre Pari went on to open his account in good style three starts later at Aintree on handicap debut. He relished the step up to 2m 4f and only needed driving out to readily beat One Night In Milan by 2 1/4 lengths off an opening mark of 122.

The son of Jeremy got put up 8lb for that, but was in the process of running a huge race off his revised rating of 130 in the valuable Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle at Kempton when two lengths down in second place and holding every chance when coming to grief at the last.

Notre Pari went on to round-off the campaign with a snug half-length victory in a novice contest at Fontwell where he only had to be nudged out under a hands and heels ride to readily get the job done.

He now has to race off a mark of 135, but that looks exploitable given his lightly-raced and progressive profile. Notre Pari was a big, raw sort last season who appeals as the type to do better as he strengthens up.

So, with his stable in-form, and the highly talented Jonjo O’Neill Jr now getting the leg up on him for the first time, Notre Pari makes plenty of appeal here.

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Sir Psycho a big player for in-form Nicholls

Trainer Paul Nicholls has his team in good nick and saddles a leading Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle contender in the shape of the Martin Broughton owned Sir Psycho.

This four-year-old progressed throughout last season when winning three of his six starts. The second of those came at Exeter where he was very impressive when landing a 12-runner contest by 31 lengths from Bullionaire.

After tracking the leaders travelling strongly under Bryan Carver, the son of Zoffany took up the running pulling double three from home.

He then moved effortlessly clear without being asked any sort of question to score without breaking a sweat.

The way in which Sir Psycho disposed of a 136-rated rival, who had previously finished third to the hugely exciting Sporting John before bolting up by 15 lengths at Uttoxeter, was visually very taking.

It suggested he needed keeping firmly onside. That view was confirmed when Sir Psycho followed up with an easy 8 1/2 lengths success in the Victor Ludorum Juvenile Hurdle at Haydock.

He was then pitched into Grade 1 company for his final start of the campaign and ran a cracker when a staying on 4 3/4 lengths fifth of 13 to Burning Victory in the Grade 1 Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival off an official rating of 147.

Sir Psycho now reverts to handicap company off 1lb lower, so that gives this classy sort every chance at the weights on the pick of his form.

Carver is also once again in the saddle and takes off a handy 5lb with his claim. The step up in trip should suit, given the way in which Sir Psycho finished off in the Triumph and a bold bid looks assured.

Flash The Steel bids to retain Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle

Last year’s winner Flash The Steel is sure to have been primed to the minute by Dan Skelton in a bid to retain his crown, so is another with leading claims in a wide-open renewal of the Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle.

This son of Craigsteel is lightly-raced for an eight-year-old. He has won four of his 13 starts and also made the frame on five other occasions.

Flash The Steel has clearly not been the easiest to train, but does have a good record fresh as he showed when putting in a dominant display in this 12 months ago.

After being held-up towards the rear, he made stealthy headway four from home to take second place two out going strongly.

Flash The Steel then went clear approaching the last and only had to be ridden out to bear Champagne Court by two lengths off a mark of 130 in a race which threw up a whole host of subsequent winners.

He then ran as if amiss when beaten out of sight at Haydock before putting in a much improved showing when last seen in action at the Cheltenham Festival in March when a staying on 5 1/2 lengths ninth of 23 to Indefatigable in the Martin Pipe.

That run showed that his current make of 138 should not be beyond him. Flash Of Steel is now reunited with Harry Skelton, who has a tremendous strike rate of 40 per cent on him having won four times and been placed on five occasions in 10 starts.

Underfoot conditions also hold no fears, so everything looks in place for a big run. Flash Of Steel thus makes plenty of each-way appeal in his bid for back-to-back victories in the Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle.

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