The three-mile handicap hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, known as the Pertemps Final, is preceded by a series of qualifiers. Horses qualify for the Final by placing in the top four of one of the qualifying races.
Only two favourites have won the Pertemps Final in the last 10 years – Fingal Bay in 2014 and Sire Du Berlais in 2019. With this stat in mind, many punters back some bigger-priced horses in the Pertemps in the hope of landing a winner.
Good Time Jonny won last year’s race at odds of 9/1 for trainer Tony Martin, soaring through the field having been in the last pair for the majority of the contest.
Latest Pertemps Handicap Hurdle Odds
The Pertemps Final will begin to sort itself out in terms of the field for the 2024 race the closer we get to March. For now, the odds factor in a wide range of horses who or may or may not run, so we will include the odds and selections from GG here for when the Pertemps Final is about to get underway.
Pertemps Handicap Hurdle Odds and Entries 2024
Heading into this year’s Pertemps Final, it is the JP McManus-owned and Willie Mullins-trained Icare Allen who is the clear favourite for the race, although he is still available at decent odds. However, plenty of horses are qualified for the contest, which will feature a field greater than 20.
Betting on the Pertemps Network Final
The Pertemps Final is one of the most competitive staying handicap hurdle races of the season. There are a series of qualifiers at different racecourses during the winter with the first four to finish in each race entitled to run in the final.
Sire Du Berlais started co-favourite in 2022 when seeking a record-equalling third victory but could only finish eleventh behind 25-1 outsider Third Wind. He was trained by Gordon Elliott who has a great recent record in this event. He won it with Delta Work in 2018 prior to back-to-back victories with Sire Du Berlais.
If you are having a bet on the Pertemps Network Final you should check the place terms with your bookmaker. Most leading bookmakers offer enhanced place betting on this race down to fifth or even sixth place.
The qualifier held at Leopardstown during the Dublin Racing Festival proved to be the one to follow ahead of the race in 2023, with Good Time Jonny emerging to be victorious from the back of the pack.
Pertemps Handicap Hurdle News
Unlike other Cheltenham Festival races, the Pertemps Final has been a happy hunting ground for UK-trained horses in recent years – of the last 20 winners of the Pertemps Final, 12 were home winners. However, the Irish have recently dominated the race, winning it seven times in the last seven years. And this year again sees Irish-trained horses dominating the head of the betting market.
It’s also a race that can see outsiders win, notably Creon at 50/1 in 2004 and Kadoun at 50/1 in 2006. And this year’s Pertemps Final could also throw up a shock winner, with 24 horses set to go to post on Thursday afternoon.