Pertemps Network Final Tips 2021 – Preview, Odds & Trends (Cheltenham Day 3, 2.10pm)
Run over 2 miles, 7 furlongs and 213 yards on the New Course at Cheltenham, Pertemps Network Final marks the culmination of the popular Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle Series.
To qualify for the final, horses must finish in the first six in one or more qualifying races run in Britain, Ireland and France since the start of the season.
Pertemps Network Final Odds 2021
|The Bosses Oscar||8/1||bet365|
|On the Blind Side||10/1||bet365|
|Imperial Alcazar||10/1||William Hill|
|Dandy Man||16/1||William Hill|
|Come On Teddy||25/1||bet365|
Pertemps Network Final Preview
- The Bosses Oscar
- Imperial Alcazar
- Lynwood Gold
- Third Wind
The Bosses Oscar
Gordon Elliott has won the Pertemps Network Final for the last three seasons running and one of his representatives this year, The Bosses Oscar (8/1), currently heads the ante-post betting. Unsurprisingly, the 6-year-old Oscar gelding proved no match for subsequent Grade One winner Flooring Porter when stepped up to 3 miles for the first time at Navan in early December, but was only headed in the final hundred yards or so when a close second to Dandy Mag (16/1) in a qualifier at Leopardstown over Christmas. On revised terms, The Bosses Oscar may well be able to reverse the form although, according to Elliott, he doesn’t want ‘real tacky ground’.
Gloucestershire trainer Fergal O’Brien was reportedly tempted to run his 7-year-old Imperial Alcazar (10/1) in the Stayers’ Hurdle earlier in the week after a ‘lovely performance’ to win a qualifer at Warwick in January. An 8lb rise in the weights for that comfortable victory seems entirely fair, particularly with the prospect of further improvement to come, and Imperial Alcazar appeals as one of the more likely winners. He has already been ‘nibbled at’ in the ante-post market.
Beyond the market leaders, Lynwood Gold (20/1) has had 23 starts on the Flat and was last seen finishing eighth in the Cesarewitch Handicap at Newmarket in October. By contrast, the 6-year-old Mastercraftsman gelding has had just four starts over hurdles, most recently finishing second to easy winner Finest Evemore in a novice hurdle at Listowel in September. He has yet to win beyond 2 miles over hurdles or qualify for this race but, as a doughty stayer, who likes cut in the ground, he could yet emerge as a contender for this valuable prize.
At longer odds again, Jacamar (25/1), trained by Milton Harris, has yet to win beyond 2 miles 5½ furlongs, but has improved on each of his three starts in 2020/21, culminating in a narrow, but decisive, win at Warwick on Boxing Day. He drew nicely clear with just one other rival on that occasion and his style of racing suggests extra two-and-a-half furlongs is well within his compass, so his current odds could be made to look generous in due course. Indeed, he would likely be a shorter price already if trained in a more ‘fashionable’ yard and should not be underestimated.
Last year’s fourth, Third Wind (33/1), is 5lb higher in the weights this year, but has been in fair, if unspectacular, form since returning to action at Newbury in November. He was outclassed, but not disgraced, behind Paisley Park in the Grade One Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot in December, but relishes soft or heavy going; if underfoot conditions at Prestbury Park are in his favour, may not be an entirely forlorn hope.
Pertemps Network Final Betting Tips
Fergal O’Brien believes Imperial Alcazar is one of the best horses he has trained so, with the handicapper not over-reacting to his Warwick victory, the Vinnie Roe gelding looks decent value to continue his progress through the ranks.
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Pertemps Network Final Trends
- Age – 9 of the last 12 winners were aged between 6 & 8.
- Price – 2 of the last 12 favourites won, 4/12 winners were in the top 3 in the betting.
- Last Run – 4/12 winners won on their last run before the Pertemps Final, 11/12 winners had their last run with the last 61 days.
- 6/12 winners ran in a Pertemps Qualifier on their last run, 1 of the 6 won, 2 placed.
- Previous Course Form – 6/12 winners had at least 1 previous run at Cheltenham, 3/12 winners had at least 1 previous win at Cheltenham.
- Previous Distance Form – 10/12 winners had at least 2 previous runs over 23-25 furlongs, 7/12 winners had at least 1 win over 23-25 furlongs.
- Previous Hurdle Form – 12/12 winners had at least 6 previous runs over hurdles, 8/12 winners had at least 2 previous wins over hurdles.
- Rating – 10/12 winners were rated 138 or higher.
- Season Form – 10/12 winners had at least 3 runs that season, 5/12 winners had at least 1 win that season.
Pertemps Final Past Winners
|2009||Kayf Aramis||Aidan Coleman||Venetia Williams|
|2010||Buena Vista||Hadden Frost||David Pipe|
|2011||Buena Vista||Conor O’Farrell||David Pipe|
|2012||Cape Tribulation||Denis O’Regan||Malcolm Jefferson|
|2013||Holywell||Richie McLernon||Jonjo O’Neill|
|2014||Fingal Bay||Richard Johnson||Philip Hobbs|
|2015||Call The Cops||Andrew Tinkler||Nicky Henderson|
|2016||Mall Dini||Davy Russell||Patrick G Kelly|
|2017||Presenting Percy||Davy Russell||Patrick G Kelly|
|2018||Delta Work||Davy Russell||Gordon Elliott|
|2019||Sire Du Berlais||Barry Geraghty||Gordon Elliott|
|2020||Sire Du Berlais||Barry Geraghty||Gordon Elliott|
Pertemps Network Final Result 2020
1st – Sire Du Berlais (10/1)
2nd – The Storyteller (11/2)
3rd – Tout Est Permis (12/1)
4th – Third Wind (12/1)
Cheltenham 2021 Day 3 Tips
|1.20pm||Marsh Novices' Hurdle||10/11|
|1.55pm||Pertemps Network Final||10/1|
|3.40pm||Brown Advisory Plate||25/1|
|4.15pm||Mares' Novices Hurdle||33/1|
|4.50pm||Kim Muir Handicap||20/1|