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Pertemps Final 2021 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.

1:55 Thu 18 Mar PERTEMPS FINAL

Distance: 23f 213y Age: 5yo + Prize: £75,000 Going: Gd/Sft

Analyst's Verdict

The Irish have dominated this in recent years but it's the British who are taken to come out on top this time, with impressive Warwick winner IMPERIAL ALCAZAR selected to make light of an 8 lb rise and prove too strong for Champagne Platinum. The Bosses Oscar and Southfield Harvest are also high on the shortlist.

ENTRY
FORM
SILKS HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT
1
jockey silks 1. THE BOSSES OSCAR (IRE)
J: Jordan Colin Gainford
T: Mrs Denise Foster, Ireland
6
11-12
* * * *
* * * *
Winning return at Thurles in October and runner-up in 3m handicaps both starts since, shaping particularly well in a big field at Leopardstown over Christmas. Lofty mark but still high on shortlist.
2
jockey silks 2. UNOWHATIMEANHARRY
J: K. Brogan
T: Harry Fry
13
11-12
* * *
* * *
Confirmed he's still capable of smart form when landing handicap at Aintree on return from 8 months off in November. Effort best excused next time and kept fresh for this since.
3
jockey silks 3. BRINKLEY (FR)
J: Tom Scudamore
T: David Pipe
6
11-9
* * * *
* * * *
Very progressive bar a blip on his Exeter reappearance, getting his career firmly back on track with a pair of wins in cheekpieces since. Put up another 8 lb but could easily have more to give.
4
jockey silks 4. DANDY MAG (FR)
J: P. Townend
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
8
11-9
* * *
* * *
Beat The Bosses Oscar and Mrs Milner when winning 20-runner event at Leopardstown in December. Not in the same form when only midfield there in February but could easily bounce back.
5
jockey silks 5. IMPERIAL ALCAZAR (IRE)
J: Paddy Brennan
T: Fergal O'Brien
7
11-8
* * * * *
* * * * *
Shaped as if needing run on reappearance and very much back on the up with 25f Warwick win in January. That form looks very solid and he's a leading contender here despite an 8 lb rise.
6
jockey silks 6. ASK DILLON (IRE)
J: Liam Harrison
T: Fergal O'Brien
8
11-5
* * *
* * *
Drawn a blank since his novice season but he's posted 4 very solid efforts in defeat in staying handicap hurdles this season. Another from this yard who could be in the shake-up
7
jockey silks 7. COPPERHEAD
J: Jonjo O'Neill Jr.
T: Colin Tizzard
7
11-4
* * *
* * *
Grade 2 novice chase winner last term. Things haven't gone to plan this time round but there were slightly better signs at Chepstow last time and his yard has been among the winners in recent days.
8
jockey silks 8. KEEPER HILL (IRE)
J: A. P. Heskin
T: Warren Greatrex
10
11-3
* * *
* * *
Smart but clumsy chaser who has performed with credit when third back over hurdles on his last 2 starts, the latter a Musselburgh handicap over 3¼m. Has cheekpieces on for the first time.
9
jockey silks 9. SPIRITOFTHEGAMES (IRE)
J: Harry Skelton
T: Dan Skelton
9
11-2
* * *
* * *
Another good effort in a competitive handicap chase here when second in Paddy Power Gold Cup in November. Second over 3m at Chepstow back hurdling last time. Possibly more to come over hurdles.
10
jockey silks 10. STORM ARISING (IRE)
J: Bryony Frost
T: Paul Nicholls
7
11-1
* * * *
* * * *
Progressive stepped up to around 3m this term, winning at Lingfield and Chepstow and good second at Sandown in between. Further 4 lb rise may not prevent another prominent showing.
11
jockey silks 11. CHAMPAGNE PLATINUM (IRE)
J: Nico de Boinville
T: Nicky Henderson
7
11-0
* * * *
* * * *
Well backed in Kim Muir last season but he's never entirely convinced over fences and has shaped well back hurdling this time round, very much catching the eye at Haydock last month. Big player.
12
jockey silks 12. SOUTHFIELD HARVEST
J: Harry Cobden
T: Paul Nicholls
7
10-13
* * * *
* * * *
Lightly-raced sort who advanced his form when neck second on handicap debut at Wincanton (21.5f) on Boxing Day. Just as good when third over 3m at Newbury since. Cheekpieces on first time. Unexposed.
13
jockey silks 13. NO COMMENT
J: Richard Johnson
T: Philip Hobbs
10
10-12
* * *
* * *
Let down by his jumping over fences last term and back in form over hurdles this season, including narrowly denied at Hereford in December. Set for third when falling 2 out latest. Back up in trip.
14
jockey silks 14. ANYTHING WILL DO (IRE)
J: J. J. Slevin
T: Joseph Patrick O'Brien, Ireland
6
10-12
* *
* *
Not disgraced in competitive 3m Leopardstown handicaps on his last 2 starts but will need a career best to overcome this mark. Others hold stronger claims.
15
jockey silks 15. GETAROUND (IRE)
J: Bryan Carver
T: Laura Young
6
10-10
* *
* *
Three-time novice winner for Ella Pickard but not at best when stepped up to 25f in Carlisle handicap last time. Has changed trainer ahead of first run for 3 months. Cheekpieces on first time.
16
jockey silks 16. MRS MILNER (IRE)
J: B. J. Cooper
T: Paul Nolan, Ireland
6
10-9
* * * *
* * * *
Winner on 2m Galway reappearance in July. Good efforts in defeat around 3m on next 3 starts. Fell latest. Still well handicapped and player if none the worse for that.
17
jockey silks 17. REDFORD ROAD
J: Sam Twiston-Davies
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
7
10-9
* * * *
* * * *
Useful staying novice hurdler. Didn't really click for him over fences to end 2020 but he made a sound return to hurdles when fourth to Bushypark at Haydock last month. Each-way claims.
18
jockey silks 18. COME ON TEDDY (IRE)
J: Jonathan Burke
T: Tom George
7
10-9
* * * *
* * * *
Left reappearance run well behind when landing competitive C&D handicap in December. Creditable 5 lengths third of 13 to reopposing Imperial Alcazar at Warwick. Likely to give another good account.
19
jockey silks 19. PERFECT MAN (IRE)
J: Oakley Brown
T: Sophie Leech
10
10-8
* *
* *
Ended time with Olly Murphy with Leicester selling win in December. Has run creditably on 2 of 3 starts for new yard since but vulnerable in a race as competitive as this. Visor replaces cheekpieces.
20
jockey silks 20. BUSHYPARK (IRE)
J: Non Runner
T: Philip Kirby
7
10-7
NON RUNNER.
21
jockey silks 21. STORM GODDESS (IRE)
J: Tom Buckley
T: Charlie Longsdon
7
10-6
* * *
* * *
Multiple hurdles winner, the latest in 21f Kempton handicap (21f) in November. Not beaten far in 3m listed race there 2 weeks later and warmed up for this with a run in a jumpers bumper last month.
22
jockey silks 22. POTTERS HEDGER
J: Jack Quinlan
T: Lucy Wadham
9
10-6
* *
* *
Suited by the emphasis on stamina when landing 3m heavy-ground Haydock handicap last month in a change of headgear. Only fifth back there since, though. Others more obvious.
23
jockey silks 23. EVERGLOW
J: Tom O'Brien
T: Philip Hobbs
6
10-1
* * *
* * *
Ascot maiden winner in December who has made a solid start in handicaps since, 10¾ lengths third of 12 to reopposing Bushypark at Haydock (3m) latterly. First-time blinkers added to tongue tie.
24
jockey silks 24. KANSAS CITY CHIEF (IRE)
J: Millie Wonnacott
T: Neil Mulholland
12
10-1
* *
* *
Veteran who stepped up on his comeback run when third over C&D in October. Not at best both runs since, finishing a remote third at Wincanton latterly. Sixth in this 12 months ago.
25
jockey silks 25. MILLINER (IRE)
J: Rachael Blackmore
T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
8
10-1
* * *
* * *
Lightly-raced 8-y-o who has posted a couple of good runs in handicaps since returning from an absence, proving stamina for 3m when third at Punchestown 17 days ago. Has crept in and he's interesting.

Betting Forecast : 7/1 7 IMPERIAL ALCAZAR, 15/2 7.5 CHAMPAGNE PLATINUM, 10/1 10 THE BOSSES OSCAR, 14/1 14 COME ON TEDDY, 14/1 14 BRINKLEY, 18/1 18 SPIRITOFTHEGAMES, 18/1 18 MRS MILNER, 20/1 20 MILLINER, 20/1 20 SOUTHFIELD HARVEST, 22/1 22 ASK DILLON, 25/1 25 DANDY MAG, 25/1 25 STORM ARISING, 28/1 28 KEEPER HILL, 33/1 33 UNOWHATIMEANHARRY, 33/1 33 NO COMMENT, 33/1 33 REDFORD ROAD, 33/1 33 EVERGLOW, 40/1 40 COPPERHEAD, 40/1 40 GETAROUND, 50/1 50 ANYTHING WILL DO, 66/1 66 POTTERS HEDGER, 66/1 66 STORM GODDESS, 100/1 100 KANSAS CITY CHIEF, 100/1 100 PERFECT MAN, 499/1 499 MR HARP

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 2022 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 (2019)

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?

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