Hyde Novices’ Hurdle betting tips: Pym the punt for Ballymore Trial

The 2018 Hyde Novices’ Hurdle betting tips from the November meeting at Cheltenham here at Horsebetting.com say Pym is a worthy favourite to land this Ballymore Trial over 2m 5f. Double Treasure is feared most, however, on his second in the Persian War last time out. Kapgarry, meanwhile, looks an each-way alternative for this Grade 2 contest on Friday, 16 November. Read all about this race in our 2018 Hyde Novices’ Hurdle betting tips preview.

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Pym a worthy hot favourite for Hyde at Cheltenham

Nicky Henderson has won the Hyde Novices’ Hurdle – an official trial for the Ballymore at the Festival – twice before including 12 months ago. The Seven Barrows handler has the red-hot favourite for this year’s renewal in Pym, who is stepped up in trip and well-fancied to land the spoils on the Friday of Chelteham’s November meeting (15:35).

This five-year-old was sired by Stowaway, so that suggests stamina won’t be lacking in him. Pym has won two of his five starts so far, landing his debut bumper during the 2017 Scottish Grand National Festival at Ayr by four lengths. He was then second to Danny Kirwan on reappearance at Kempton and ninth to Portrush Ted on unsuitable soft ground at Aintree.

These bumper runs left the impression Pym would make a nice hurdler and that view was confirmed when he landed his bow over the obstacles at Chepstow last month. He made all and set a slow pace, but was hard pressed after two out, found plenty with a superb jump at the last and stayed on well to win by two lengths from Deyrann De Carjac and with plenty in hand.

Connections sent Pym to Ascot last time out where he was sent off odds-on, yet lacked the foot to go with Anemoi, who headed him as soon as he hit the front, though he kept on and chased the winner home as a 2 1/4 lengths runner-up. He shaped like a stayer there, so the step up in distance looks sure to suit.

Noel Fehily now takes the ride and has been operating an almost 20 per cent strike rate over the last seven days. With Pym’s handler Henderson at close to 40 per cent winners with his runners over the previous fortnight at the time of writing, he thus looks the one to be on and is put up among these 2018 Hyde Novices’ Hurdle betting tips.

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Double Treasure feared most

Jamie Snowden continues to use course winner Double Treasure over the smaller obstacles; so, if replicating the form of his second in the similar grade Persian War Novices’ Hurdle last time out here, he looks the one that can give Pym most to think about. The seven-year-old has broken his maiden tag over hurdles this summer, having won four chases in 2017.

Double Treasure is still rated 2lb lower for hurdle races than over fences, yet still tops the official figures in this on a mark of 140. There are of course some unexposed sorts against this son of King’s Theatre here, yet the Persian War form sets a clear standard here.

After winning twice over this trip at Fontwell and Newton Abbot, Double Treasure was sent off 8/1 for the Chepstow feature last month. He led at a searching pace and was still four lengths clear three out, then headed before the final flight as the superior stamina of Secret Investor told late on.

There was lots to like about the way Double Treasure stuck well to the task and kept on gamely to go down by just two lengths. Following final declarations, this Ballymore Trial does not look the strongest of renewals, so on all known form he is feared most with a couple of pounds in hand on Pym.

Kapgarry an each-way bet

With a field of nine set to go to post, there is value in betting each-way. Kapgarry best fits the bill for such a punt for father-son duo Sam and Nigel Twiston-Davies. This five-year-old is an Irish point winner, who scored at the third time of asking under rules at Wetherby when last in action.

Kapgarry chased home Supremely Lucky on his sole bumper start at Chepstow in February, then was best of the rest and beaten 12 lengths by Global Jackpot on hurdles bow at Perth on reappearance in September. The winner had previously won his two races easily, so it was a solid effort.

Connections then went to Wetherby with Kapgarry proved 2 1/2 lengths too good for runaway North Yorkshire Grand National winner I Just Know. The runner-up is rated 147 over fences, so that makes Kapgarry a dark horse who is totally unexposed over this trip.

As a point-to-point winner, however, that suggests getting the trip will be no problem. This all adds up to Kapgarry looking decent each-way value for a yard that has had its traditional decent start to the National Hunt season. Thus he also features among our 2018 Hyde Novices’ Hurdle betting tips.

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