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Pertemps Final 2020 Racecard

The Pertemps Final is another typically competitive handicap race at the Cheltenham Festival. This Grade 3 (formerly a listed race) is run on the New Course over three miles and has 12 hurdles to be jumped. It takes place on the third day of the Festival and is open to horses aged five or older.

2:10

Thursday 12 March

Distance: 23f 213y Age: 5yo + Prize: £100000 Going: Soft (Good to Soft in places)

FORM
ENTRY
SILK HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT
ODDS

1
jockey silks 1. SIRE DU BERLAIS (FR)
J: Barry Geraghty
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
8
11-12
Found plenty to land this race from a 7 lb lower mark 12 months ago. Bubbling under this campaign, staying on strongly to qualify for this year's renewal at Warwick. Blinkers replace cheekpieces.
44 stars

2
jockey silks 2. UNOWHATIMEANHARRY
J: Aidan Coleman
T: Harry Fry
12
11-10
Established as a smart hurdler these days and he booked his place with a plugging on fifth at Haydock (3m) last month (race won by Welsh Saint). Vulnerable to anything progressive.
22 stars

3
jockey silks 3. THE STORYTELLER (IRE)
J: Davy Russell
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
9
11-9
Landed a gamble over fences at this meeting 2 years ago and likely had this race on his radar for a while, catching the eye when sixth in a big field Leopardstown event (3m) in December. Shortlisted.
55 stars

4
jockey silks 4. JATILUWIH (FR)
J: Mr David Maxwell
T: Philip Hobbs
6
11-8
Had plenty of racing in France and has landed 5 of his 6 starts for present connections, finding only Third Wind too strong at Wincanton (21.3f) on Boxing Day. Looks ready for 3m.
33 stars

5
jockey silks 5. ROCKET LAD (IRE)
J: Mr P. W. Mullins
T: Emmet Mullins, Ireland
7
11-4
Gowran maiden win in October worked out very well. Brace of heavy defeats switched to Britain need forgiving and his current mark essentially looks too high. Hood added to tongue tie.
22 stars

6
jockey silks 6. A GREAT VIEW (IRE)
J: M. P. Walsh
T: Denis W. Cullen, Ireland
9
11-2
Caught the eye when sixth in 2018 renewal and confirmed promise of that run when landing big-field event at Punchestown thereafter. Present season likely built round spring festivals.
33 stars

7
jockey silks 7. STONEY MOUNTAIN (IRE)
J: Sam Twiston-Davies
T: Henry Daly
7
11-2
Likeable sort who improved again to win handicap hurdles at Aintree and Haydock during the autumn. Unseated over fences next time but back on track when fifth in a qualifier at Warwick in January.
33 stars

8
jockey silks 8. THIRD WIND
J: Tom O'Brien
T: Hughie Morrison
6
11-1
Well-made gelding who progressed well last term, his season culminating with victory in a valuable Sandown final over 19.8f. Progressed again to score at Wincanton on Boxing Day and 3m worth exploring
33 stars

9
jockey silks 9. KILBRICKEN STORM (IRE)
J: Harry Cobden
T: Colin Tizzard
9
11-0
Albert Bartlett winner in 2018 and creditable efforts all 4 outings this term (3 coming here) albeit no match for Welsh Saint at Haydock. Eased 2 lb.
33 stars

10
jockey silks 10. DINGO DOLLAR (IRE)
J: Tom Cannon
T: Alan King
8
11-0
Ran well over hurdles on return at Newbury (3m) in November and backed that up over fences with a sound fifth in the Ladbrokes Trophy. Not quite in same form in Skybet Chase but 6 lb lower here.
22 stars

11
jockey silks 11. SKANDIBURG (FR)
J: Gavin Sheehan
T: Olly Murphy
6
10-13
Found plenty to score at Aintree (first try at 3m) in November and similar story when adding to his tally over C&D on New Year's Day. Remains with potential as a stayer. Cheekpieces re-fitted.
33 stars

12
jockey silks 12. FRED THE FOOT (IRE)
J: D. J. McInerney
T: John McConnell, Ireland
8
10-12
Steadily going the right way, value for extra when adding to tally at Musselburgh on New Year's Day. Just a fair fourth at that venue since and this is a much deeper race.
22 stars

13
jockey silks 13. WELSH SAINT (FR)
J: Nico de Boinville
T: Nicky Henderson
6
10-12
Useful bumper winner who is upwardly mobile over timber, relishing the step up to 3m and proving his opening mark lenient at Haydock last time. Unexposed as a stayer and 4 lb rise very fair.
44 stars

14
jockey silks 14. DREAM BERRY (FR)
J: Jonjo O'Neill Jr.
T: Jonjo O'Neill
9
10-12
Plenty of useful form in competitive handicaps over hurdles early in his career. Proved he retains plenty of ability when second on belated return at Sandown in December but needs to build on that.
22 stars

15
jockey silks 15. BURROWS PARK (FR)
J: Charlie Deutsch
T: Venetia Williams
8
10-11
Largely consistent staying handicapper who only needed to match previous best to land small field Hereford event 2 starts back. Good fourth in Lanzarote next time but his mark looks about right.
33 stars

16
jockey silks 16. RELEGATE (IRE)
J: P. Townend
T: Colm A. Murphy, Ireland
7
10-11
2018 Champion Bumper winner. Very lightly raced since but plenty of encouragement on belated handicap/stable in a qualifier for this at Punchestown last month. Very interesting.
44 stars

17
jockey silks 17. TOUT EST PERMIS (FR)
J: E. Walsh
T: Noel Meade, Ireland
7
10-10
Lower in weights over hurdles and performed with credit in competitive 3m handicaps in Ireland this winter. Below best in a Grade 2 chase latest and this no easy race to bounce back in.
33 stars

18
jockey silks 18. RAPPER
J: Richard Johnson
T: Henry Daly
6
10-10
Had a bit in hand when doubling tally in handicap company at Market Rasen in November and emerged with plenty of credit when second to Skandiburg over C&D on New Year's Day. Can remain competitive.
22 stars

19
jockey silks 19. COPPER GONE WEST (IRE)
J: Alan Johns
T: Tim Vaughan
7
10-10
Well ridden when opening handicap account at Doncaster in December. Exceeded herself when runner-up in a brace of listed events since, but revised mark asks for more. Prone to the odd mistake.
22 stars

20
jockey silks 20. ROYAL THIEF (IRE)
J: H. Morgan
T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
6
10-9
Low-mileage 6-y-o who has twice tasted success in maiden/novice events at up to 23.4f in Ireland. Respectable fifth on handicap debut in February and stamina looks his forte.
33 stars

21
jockey silks 21. GUITAR PETE (IRE)
J: Ryan Day
T: Nicky Richards
10
10-9
Well prepared to land 19.4f handicap chase on November's reappearance (19.4f). No real threat all 3 starts since, including over hurdles latest, and a well-run 3m may find him out.
22 stars

22
jockey silks 22. SUNSET SHOWDOWN (IRE)
J: Richie McLernon
T: Rebecca Curtis
7
10-8
Isn't straightforward but landed 3 small-field novice hurdles prior to an excellent second in a C&D handicap in October. Tame effort at Uttoxeter 2 months later but since undergone a wind op.
22 stars

23
jockey silks 23. KANSAS CITY CHIEF (IRE)
J: Tom Scudamore
T: Neil Mulholland
11
10-7
Handicap winner at Taunton before excellent second off 7 lb higher at Huntingdon. Attitude once again got the better of him when running out at Doncaster (when set to win) and headgear now back on.
22 stars

24
jockey silks 24. DOUBLY CLEVER (IRE)
J: Mr Liam Harrison
T: Johnny Farrelly
8
10-5
Initially flourished for new stable, winning twice over 2½m at Worcester and second at Uttoxeter in September. Revised mark beyond him later that autumn.
11 stars

Analyst's Verdict

THE STORYTELLER landed the 2018 Plate from 2 lb lower, and following an eye-catching qualifying run at Leopardstown in December, he has presumably been laid out for this by his superb trainer. Relegate and Welsh Saint have had just the solitary handicap start apiece and both bring considerable potential to the table, so they head the lengthy list of dangers.

The Pertemps Final was first run in 1974 as a replacement for the George Duller Handicap Hurdle - it used to be called the Coral Golden Hurdle Final. In order to qualify for the Final of the series, horses have to have placed in the first six on at least one occasion in a Pertemps Hurdle Race (Series Qualifier) since the start of the current season.

The most successful horse in the race’s history is Willie Wumpkins who won it over three consecutive years (1979-1981). Since the turn of the century, the most successful horse in this race is Buena Vista , who won it twice (2010 and 2011).

Two jockeys are tied as the leaders – Jim Wilson (jockey of Willie Wumpkins) won it three times, while Davy Russell won it three times in three years (2016, 2017, 2018) on three different horses (Mall Dini, Presenting Percy, Delta Work). The 2019 renewal was won by the well-backed favourite Sire du Berlais.

The leading trainer is Jonjo O’Neill who has won this race four times with Danny Connors (1991), Inching Closer (2003), Creon (2004) and Holywell (2013).

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Pertemps Final 2020 FAQs

What is the distance of the Pertemps Final?

3 miles

How many obstacles are jumped in the Pertemps Final?

12

What day of the festival is the Pertemps Final?

Day 3

What time is the Pertemps Final?

14:10

What weights are carried for the Pertemps Final?

As it is a traditional National Hunt handicap hurdle, weights range from 11 st 12 lb for the top weight, to 10 st for the bottom weight.

What is the purse for the Pertemps Final?

£100,000 (2020)

Who is the leading jockey in the Pertemps Final?

Davy Russell is the leading active jockey. He is tied with Jim Wilson for the all-time leading jockey.

Who is the leading trainer in the Pertemps Final?

Jonjo O’Neill

Who won the Pertemps Final?

You can check out our Pertemps Final results page here to see a list of previous winners.

Where can I compare the odds for the Pertemps Final?

Click the link to visit our Pertemps Final Odds Comparison page.

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