Cheltenham Pertemps Network Final 2021 Trends

Trends are the best place to start when trying to narrow down a tricky Cheltenham Festival handicap field! So we've taken a look at the most important Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle trends for you, and used them to find you the best horses to follow right now for the 2021 running.

Cheltenham Pertemps Network Final 2021 Trends
Cheltenham Pertemps Network Final 2021 Trends

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Need some help finding the winner of the 2021 edition of the Pertemps Network Final? Well, look no further because our team of experts at Bookmakers.co.uk have done the hard work for you by pinpointing the most critical trends and pointers from the last ten renewals in order to help you find the winner of this hotly-contested Listed handicap hurdle.

2021 Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle Trends


The last 10 winners:

  • Had won no more than five hurdle races
  • Had won no more than two handicap hurdles
  • Were officially rated 133 or above
  • Had run at least twice that season
  • Finished in first two in one of their last six races
  • Last ran no more than 76 days ago

Nine of the last 10 winners:

  • Were officially rated 139 or higher
  • Last ran in a handicap hurdle

Eight of the last 10 winners:

  • Were not carrying topweight
  • Had run in no more than five handicap hurdles.
  • Were NOT sent off favourite on the day

Seven of the last 10 winners:

  • Had run in no more than nine hurdle races, including the last six
  • Carried at least 10st 10lb to victory, including the last seven
  • Had never run in the Pertemps Final before (Sire Du Berlais and Buena Vista the exceptions)

Key Trials from the last 10 years

To run in the 2021 Pertemps Final at the Cheltenham Festival, horses must have finished in the first six in one or more of the 2020/21 qualifying Pertemps Hurdle Series races.

  • Three of the last five winners (Sire Du Berlais, Mall Dini & Presenting Percy) finished between fourth & sixth in the Leopardstown Pertemps Hurdle Race on December 28. 2020 winner Sire Du Berlais again ran in the Leopardstown race but could only finish 9th.
  • Three of the last five winners (Delta Work, Mall Dini & Presenting Percy) finished third or fourth in the Punchestown Pertemps Hurdle Race.


Trainer Trends

  • Jonjo O’Neill leads the way with four wins in this contest, but only one of those (2013) has come in the last decade.
  • The form trainer is undoubtedly Gordon Elliott who has won the last three editions of the race and he even saddled the first and second in 2020.
  • Pat Kelly and David Pipe have each won the raced twice, indeed Kelly has only had two runners, earning him a one hundred per cent strike-rate!
  • Irish trainers are on a roll here, winning the last five renewals.


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Jockey Trends

  • Davy Russell is undoubtedly the in-form rider in the Pertemps. He’s ridden three winners and a second in the last five years. No jockey has won the race more than three times in its history.
  • Barry Geraghty rode his belated second Pertemps Final winner in 2019 on Sire Du Berlais.

How did the trends do last year?

Sire Du Berlais was winning the race for the second time, putting him in an elite group of horses. He did fit the bill from many trends angles but he could only finish 9th in the Leopardstown qualifier, which some may have seen as a sign that he wasn’t quite at the same level as the previous season.

The other negative to his chance was that he was carrying topweight, something that has tended to stop horses in this race in recent years.



Who Fits The Trends Best In 2021?

The Bosses Oscar, trained by man of the moment Gordon Elliott, heads ante-post Pertemps Final betting lists after finishing second in the Leopardstown qualifier on December 28 – a race that is always a key pointer to this final. He ran well when fifth in the 2019 Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and it looks like he’s still very much on the up.

The most taking home challenger looks to be Imperial Alcazar, a most impressive winner of a Warwick qualifier in January. Lightly-raced and on the up, he looks at home on slow ground so his Cheltenham prospects would increase if conditions were on the soft side.

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2020 Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle Result

PositionNamePriceTrainerJockey
1stSire Du Berlais10/1Gordon ElliottBarry Geraghty
2ndThe Storyteller11/2Gordon ElliottDavy Russell
3rdTout Est Permis12/1Noel MeadeE Walsh

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