Pertemps Hurdle Odds 2023

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Bryan Cooper riding Mrs Milner clears the last to win The Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle during day three of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse.

The Pertemps Final at the Cheltenham Festival follows a series of qualifiers for the three mile handicap hurdle. The race was established in 1974 and was won for three consecutive seasons by Willie Wumpkins (1979-1981). Buena Vista (2010, 2011) and Sire Du Berlais (2019, 2020) have claimed two victories in this competitive event with the latter currently prominent in the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle Odds 2023.

There have only been two winning favourites in the Pertemps Final in the past twelve seasons; Fingal Bay (2014) and Sire Du Berlais (2019). Holywell (2013) was a 25-1 winner while Buena Vista returned at 16-1 and 20-1 for his two victories. There are often some major gambles in this tricky handicap and popular ante-post bets for this year’s race include Winter Fog and Alaphilippe.

Pertemps Handicap Hurdle Odds and Entries 2023

There are 53 entries for a race which has a maximum field of 24 so some fancied runners are not going to make the final cut. Those in peril include Gordon Elliott’s Dunboyne (number 30) and The Big Galloper (number 39).

Fergal O’Brien’s Alaphilippe has been a long range tip for this race, a Grade 2 winner at Haydock last season. His 14 lengths victory set him up for a tilt at the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham. He finished fifth that day behind Vanillier but was not seen back on the track until mid-January when fifth to Sporting John in a Warwick qualifier.

Winter Fog narrowly failed to land a gamble for Emmet Mullins in Ireland in December. He was backed from 22-1 down to 8-1 and led over the last before finishing runner-up to Panda Boy. He is 4lbs better off with that rival at Cheltenham and is now clear favourite in the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle betting odds.

The two top weights, Sire Du Berlais and Sporting John, are both owned by JP McManus. The former is likely to be ridden by a 7lbs claimer as he bids to equal the record of three victories in this race. Sporting John won the Grade 1 Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase last season but lost his way over fences. He has successfully reverted to hurdles and is up 4lbs from his Warwick victory.

Gordon Elliott has seven remaining entries. Dunboyne is the shortest in the betting, despite some uninspiring form figures. There has also been support for Folcano, a close fourth to Futurum Regem at Navan in first-time blinkers in December.

Latest Pertemps Handicap Hurdle odds *

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Winter Fog 13-2

Alaphilippe 8-1

Dunboyne 8-1

Sire Du Berlais 8-1

Sporting John 9-1

Folcano 12-1

The Big Galloper 14-1

The Jam Man 14-1

Tullybeg 14-1

Dallas Des Pictons 16-1

Panda Boy 16-1

A Great View 20-1

Ballyandy 20-1

Born Patriot 20-1

Remastered 20-1

Sassy Yet Classy 20-1

Dame De Compagnie 25-1

Futurum Regem 25-1

Honest Vic 25-1

Koshari 25-1

Mars Harper 25-1

Orbys Legend 25-1

Pileon 25-1

Third Wind 25-1

If The Cap Fits 30-1

Al Dancer 33-1

Ask For Glory 33-1

Pertemps Handicap Hurdle News

Gordon Elliott is approaching the Cheltenham Festival in bullish mood with Teahupoo, American Mike and Galvin among his most fancied runners. He has also given positive news of Sire Du Berlais and Dunboyne who both feature at the top of the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle odds.

Sire De Berlais still has the option of running in the Grade 1 Stayers’ Hurdle, a race in which he finished second last year. Elliott is favouring the Pertemps and believes a 7lbs claim for apprentice Rob James will give him a big chance. He also had a good word for Dunboyne if he makes the cut. He has been unlucky in his last two races and is clearly better than his finishing positions indicate.

Third Wind could be over priced on his best form. Hughie Morrison’s eight-year-old was a staying-on third to Sporting John in the Warwick qualifier. That race also featured The Jam Man, Sire Du Berlais and Alaphilippe. The veteran Ballyandy booked his place in the field when winning in heavy ground at Chepstow recently for Nigel Twiston-Davies. He won the Cheltenham Champion Bumper back in 2016 and his Chepstow success was his tenth win under rules.

Nicky Henderson’s Dame De Compagnie was a heavily-backed winning favourite in the Coral Cup in 2020. The mare returned after 313 days to win at Ayr over fences but has not troubled the judge in her last five races. Henderson has also got Mill Green in the race, a good second at Haydock last month despite blundering at the third last behind Foilian.