There was no joy for us last weekend as Highway One O One looked to be going well until halfway but then faded badly. Not the first time that has happened to us recently. To rub salt into the wound Harry Senior came out and won the Ballymore Trial impressively to show that the 7/1 we were on when he was withdrawn at the start a couple of weeks ago was a lost opportunity for us to profit.
Never mind, these things happen and we go on to this Saturday and a horse with winning form in a Class One trial for the Cheltenham Festival. read on to see who the selection is and why we rate his chances.
The team at Cleeve
1st February, Betway Scilly Isles Novices Chase (Class one) ( 0-170 5YO+) 2M 4F Soft.
Pym has had three runs over fences in novice grade, winning twice and finishing second on the other occasion. Previous to that he had five runs over hurdles, winning twice and finishing second twice. Pym is a seven-year-old bay gelding who is trained by Nicky Henderson. His sire is Stowaway and his dam is Liss Rua.
Pym’s latest run was at Cheltenham on December 13th when he beat Imperial Aura by five lengths over three miles. The drop back in trip in this race should be OK for Pym and the stiff fences and soft ground should slow his opposition down a bit.
Nicky Henderson rates Pym highly and expects him to be competitive in a novice event at the Cheltenham Festival. This race is his only entry before then. Of his opponents in this race – Good Boy Bobby has solid but unspectacular form to date; Fakir D’Oudairies has good form in Ireland but probably won’t come over for the race a comment that also applies to Laurina; Itchy Feet won well last time out but steps up in class here; Precious Cargo is Henderson’s second string; Vision Des Flos won last time out but that was after some average efforts;
So Pym looks a good value each-way bet at 6/1 in this race as the market currently stands.
N.B. make sure you get 3 places