Cheltenham Festival is the final of the Pertemps series. To run in this race, horses have to qualify through qualifying races where they must finish in a certain position to be eligible to run in the final. These horses are good handicappers, but not the best and it is a great series giving those horses the chance of glory at the Cheltenham Festival.
It takes a well handicapped horse to win the race, but because horses have to run well in qualifying races, it isn’t possible to have a very well handicapped horse in here, so it is easier to solve than some other races.
However, having said that you will still find well handicapped horses in this race, so the puzzle can often be quite tough to solve. It is important when looking at the race that you study the qualifiers and look for horses that have ran well, but not been harshly hit by the handicapper, these usually have something up their sleeve for the final. Let's check our Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle tips.
|Favourites||Horse||Odds||Best Bookmaker||JLT Novices’ Chase Tips|
|#1||Willoughby Court||16/1||Read Willoughby Court Preview Here|
|#2||Death Duty||12/1||Read Death Duty Preview Here|
When you look back through the past winners of this race it is often well handicapped horses who are yet to realise their true potential. These horses are well in for a number of reasons, because they are young horses still improving, or because they have combined running over hurdles and fences, there are many reasons.
Traditionally it is not a strong race for Irish trainers because they don’t have many qualifying races for it, but the last two seasons have both been won by Irish horses, and both by trainer Patrick Kelly. He’s brought two extremely well handicapped horses to the race in Presenting Percy and Mall Dini so make sure you keep an eye on his entries if you want to watch out for a trainer who targets this race.
|Favourites||Horse||Odds||Best Bookmaker||Bet Now|
|#1||Willoughby Court||16/1||Bet Now|
|#2||Death Duty||12/1||Bet Now|
Patrick Kelly is top of the successful trainers list in this race after winning the last two renewals. Aside from him, David Pipe has also won the race twice, he is known for his good handicappers so that comes as no surprise. Elsewhere it all depends on who has a well handicapped horse that has entered a qualifier, with many trainers having some success.
|2018||Delta Work||D.Russell||G Elliott|
|2015||Call The Cops||A.Tinkler||N.Henderson|
|3||D.Russell||2016, 2017, 2018|
The Pertemps Network Final runners have to qualify for this race by running in one of the many different qualifying races that take place before the festival. You do not have to win the qualifier, but have to finish in a certain position, depending on the number of runners in the race. That means exceptionally well handicapped horses are often found out, although it does still take a well handicapped horse to win the race, as it does with any Cheltenham Festival handicap.
The race conditions are set for Pertemps Final Cheltenham to be a handicap hurdle race, over the distance of three miles. Horses aged five and over may enter the race, which brings in some novice horses, as well as experienced handicappers.
|Location||Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham England|
|Race Type||Handicap hurdle|
|Distance||Three miles (3M)|
|Age||Five year and older|