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A deeply competitive handicap hurdle, the Pertemps Final is a huge betting affair on the third day of the Cheltenham Festival, and the betting picture changes on a regular basis throughout the season. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled on for expert views and analysis on the 2021 Pertemps Final as the picture becomes clearer.

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What is the Pertemps Final?

The Pertemps Final is a Grade 3 handicap hurdle over just shy of three miles (two miles, seven furlongs and 213 yards), which is traditionally held on the third day of the Cheltenham Festival - St Patrick’s Day. The race is open to horses ages five and up and was upgraded from listed status to Grade 3 status in 2018. It’s currently backed by Pertemps, who have supported the race since 2002.       

The history of the Pertemps Final

Established in 1974, the Pertemps Final has grown into one of the most competitive and difficult betting heats of the entire festival, with the winner regularly returning at a double figure price. Many who take their chance in the Petemps switch to chasing later in their careers, something shown by the 2017 Pertemps winner Presenting Percy, who has since won the 2018 RSA Chase, before running in the 2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup. As such, a multiple winner of the race is rare, and only one horse has won the Pertemps three  times - the Jane Pilkington-trained Willie Wumpkins, who won three straight renewals of the race in 1979, 1980 and 1981. The last horse to win multiple renewals of the Pertemps was the David Pipe-trained Buena Vista, who won back-to-back renewals in 2010 and 2011. 

What happened in the 2020 Pertemps Final?

Gordon Elliott's Sire Du Berlais was bidding for back-to-back wins in the Pertemps Final and the 10/1 shot achieved the monumental feat as he fended off the smooth-travelling The Storyteller to land the prize. Held in mid-division for most of the contest, Barry Geraghty pushed the JP McManus-owned charge clear of The Storyteller in the closing stages to emulate Buena Vista and win back-to-back renewals. Tout Est Permis claimed third spot with Third Wind bagging fourth in a superb renewal.

Who is the most iconic winner of the Pertemps Final?

Admittedly, Holywell’s unreliability made him something of a marmite figure during his career, though there was never any doubt about the fact that he had plenty of talent when everything came together, something he showed when winning the Pertemps Final rather cosily in 2012. He quickly found himself in plenty of notebooks on the back of that, and switched to chasing the following season. He soon became a useful novice chaser, winning what’s now known as the Ultima Handicap Chase at the festival in 2014, before following up in the Grade 1 Mildmay Novices’ Chase at Aintree a month later. However, despite excellent efforts to place in both the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Aintree Bowl the following season, Holywell would win just once more during his career, and was retired after a string of disappointing efforts in April 2017. There was perhaps always always an air of ‘what might have been’ with Holywell, but he gained many fans during his career, and signed off as a Grade 1 winner.

Are there any trials for the Pertemps Final?

As a series final, the Pertemps has eight British qualifying races throughout the season (plus some overseas), which are held at Cheltenham (in October), Newbury (November), Aintree (November), Kempton (November), Market Rasen (November), Sandown (December), Carlisle (December) and Wincanton (Boxing Day). Horses who place in the first six in one of the above qualifiers are eligible to enter the final. 

Who is the most successful jockey in the Pertemps Final?

The joint-most successful jockeys in the history of the Pertemps Final are Davy Russell and Jim Wilson, with three wins each. Russell’s three wins came in three successive seasons, with Mall Dini (2016), Presenting Percy (2017) and Mall Dini (2018), as did Jim Wilson, who was on board for each of Willie Wumpkins three wins, between 1979-1981. 

Who is the most successful trainer in the Pertemps Final?

The most successful trainer in the history of the Pertemps Final is Jonjo O’Neill, who has trained the winner of the race on four occasions, with Danny Connors (1991), Inching Closer (2003), Creon (2004) and Holywell (2013). 

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