The Pertemps Network Final is a highly competitive large field handicap hurdle run over a gruelling three miles around the undulating Cheltenham new course.
Jockey Davy Russell won the race for three consecutive years between 2016 and 2018. Before 2016 this was traditionally a very strong race for the home defence, though the Irish have taken over recently.
Sire Du Berlais won the race twice in 2020 and 2019, a tough feat to do with any handicap, but especially tough when it’s a Cheltenham Festival handicap.
This demanding Cheltenham race has also seen some big Cheltenham bets landed over the years and we expect some Cheltenham Offers for it.
What Happened in the Pertemps Hurdle 2021?
In 2021, the Paul Nolan trained Mrs Milner (12/1) ridden by Bryan Cooper continued a great Cheltenham Festival for mares with a comfortable five length victory in the Pertemps Final Hurdle from The Bosses Oscar in second and Come on Teddy who finished in third.
|When:||Thursday 17th March, 1.55pm|
|Race Type||Grade 3 Hurdle|
|Where to watch?||ITV, Racing UK, Bookmaker Streams|
|Key Betting Stats:||Nine of the last ten winners were aged between six and eight.|
Cheltenham Pertemps Hurdle Tips
Recent Warwick winner Sporting John looks an interesting contender at odds of 12/1 with Betfred. Sire Du Berlais, who was 8 ½ lengths behind Sporting John in that race, has won the Pertemps Final in 2020 & 2019 and may well be back for another crack at the Pertemps in 2021 with bookmakers quoting odds 16/1 across the board. Over the years, this tricky three-mile handicap race has seen some big Cheltenham gambles landed, and has also led us towards some future Cheltenham Festival winners. It’s always worth keeping your ear to the ground for this race, just in case you get lucky and get a whiff of a gamble in this most competitive and open of heats.
Previous Winners of the Pertemps Hurdle
2021 – Mrs Milner
2020 – Sire Du Berlais
2019 – Sire Du Berlais
2018 – Delta Work
2017 – Presenting Percy
A History of The Cheltenham Pertemps
The Pertemps Hurdle is a Grade 3 Handicap Hurdle race for five year olds or older which is run over three miles on Cheltenham’s New Course. It was first introduced in 1974, replacing a previous race at the Cheltenham Festival – the George Duller Handicap Hurdle. The race’s early sponsor was Coral bookmakers when it was known as ‘Coral Golden Hurdle Final’. There have been several other race sponsors since 1993 but the current one, Pertemps, has been the sponsor since 2002.
The Pertemps Final race is preceded by five months of qualification races. To qualify for the Final race at the Cheltenham Festival, a horse must finish in the top six in a qualifying race. There were 14 qualification races in 2020–21, all in Britain. Previously, Pertemps Hurdle qualifying races were also held in Ireland and France.
Jonjo O’Neill and Gordon Elliott have both won the race three times each in the last twenty renewals. The most successful horse in this race was Willie Wumpkins who won three on the spin back in 1979, 1980 and 1981.
* Betting odds were correct at the time of writing. All odds are subject to change.
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