Pertemps Final Betting Tips

  • 14/03/2019
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Mrs Milner and Bryan Cooper, accompanied by a loose horse, are clear on their way to winning the 2021 Pertemps Network Final.

Mrs Milner and Bryan Cooper, accompanied by a loose horse, are clear on their way to winning the 2021 Pertemps Network Final.

Our Pertemps Final betting guide has all the top-class research and form analysis you need to find the best bets and tips for the ultra-competitive staying handicap hurdle on the Thursday of the Cheltenham Festival.

Final declarations have not yet been made for the Pertemps Final, but our experts have analysed all the key trends and cast eyes on the ante-post contenders.

The Pertemps Final usually provides one with the trickiest punting puzzles of the entire week and this year’s renewal looks no different. We’ve done all the hard work, so you know who to follow at the Cheltenham Festival 2023. 


Gordon Elliot has a remarkable record in the Pertemps Network Final, winning three of the last four renewals and having seven of his other runners find the frame. The Irish trainer runs six in here but preference is for the runner at the foot of the weights, Dunboyne, who has been unlucky in his most recent outings and appears favourably treated off a mark of 134. The seven-year-old will need things to fall right for him but he is a horse that possesses plenty of ability and looks the pick of the Elliot sextet.

Pertemps Final – Overlooked Outsiders

Last year’s Pertemps Final was won by 12-1 shot Mrs Milner, providing a Festival winner for popular County Wexford trainer Paul Nolan.

Gold Cup-winning jockey Bryan Cooper rode the six-year-old mare to record a five-length victory over favourite The Bosses Oscar and Come On Teddy in third.

Once the declared runners are announced, we will be going into depth with our tips for the key contenders in the Pertemps Final betting and the outsiders in the field.

The Pertemps Final is a race that can boast several outsiders on its roll of honour in the past two decades, including 50-1 shots Creon (2004) and Kadoun (2006), as well as, more recently, Holywell, who returned at 25-1 in 2013 before going on to win at Grade 1 level over fences.

Once the final field has taken shape and all up-to-date form has been analysed, we will release our Pertemps Final top tips, so make sure to keep an eye out.

Pertemps Final  Runners – Thursday, 17th March 2.10


1 Sire Du Berlais T: Gordon Elliott

J: Rob James (7)

2 Ballyandy T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

J: Finn Lambert (10)

3 Dallas Des Pictons T: Gordon Elliott

J: H C Swan (7)

4 Go Another One T: John McConnell

J: Kieran Buckley (5)

5 The Jam Man T: Ronan McNally

J: Mark Walsh

6 Sassy Yet Classy T: Gordon Elliott

J: Davy Russell

7 Honest Vic T: Henry Daly

J: Richard Patrick

8 Third Wind T: Hughie Morrison

J: Tom O’Brien

9 Tullybeg T: Gordon Elliott

J: Denis O’Regan

10 Dame De Compagnie T: Nicky Henderson

J: Aidan Coleman

11 Stoney Mountain T: Jamie Snowden

J: Gavin Sheehan

12 Mill Green T: Nicky Henderson

J: Nico De Boinville

13 Alaphillipe T: Fergal O’Brien

J: Paddy Brennan

14 Winter Fog T: Emmet Mullins

J: Paul Townend

15 Whatsnotoknow T: Mouse Morris

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

16 If The Cap Fits T: Harry Fry

J: Ben Bromley (7)

17 Folcano T: Gordon Elliott

J: Jordan Gainford (3)

18 Pileon T: Philip Hobbs

J: Ben Jones

19 Born Patriot T: Peter Fahey

J: Kevin Sexton

20 Coeur Serein T: Jonjo O’Neill

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

21 Kansas City Chief T: Neil Mulholland

J: Victoria Malzard (7)

22 Didtheyleaveyououtto T: Nick Gifford

J: Niall Houlihan (3)

23 The Cob T: Ben Pauling

J: Kielan Woods

24 Dunboyne T: Gordon Elliott

J: Jack Kennedy


Pertemps Final Odds 2023

Horse/Form Silks Jockey/Trainer Odds
Winter Fog


J:Paul Townend
T:Emmet Mullins
Sire Du Berlais


J:Rob James (7)
T:Gordon Elliott


J:Paddy Brennan
T:Fergal O’Brien


J:Jack Kennedy
T:Gordon Elliott
Sassy Yet Classy


J:Davy Russell
T:Gordon Elliott
The Jam Man


J:Mark Walsh
T:Ronan McNally


J:Denis O’Regan
T:Gordon Elliott


J:Finn Lambert (10)
T:Nigel Twiston-Davies
Dallas Des Pictons


J:H C Swan (7)
T:Gordon Elliott


J:Jordan Gainford (3)
T:Gordon Elliott
Born Patriot


J:Kevin Sexton
T:Peter Fahey

How to pick a Pertemps Final Winner

This three-mile handicap hurdle at the Festival often produces some fascinating battles for the honours.

It took its place at the Cheltenham Festival nearly 50 years ago, so there is a rich history of the fixture to look back on.

Digging through the stats to pick out key trends is the first step in formulating those Pertemps Final betting tips for 2023.

The first trend to spot is that only two of the last 10 editions has seen a winning favourite, and only three have delivered the odds in the previous two decades.

Last 10 Pertemps Winners Odds

  • 2021 Mrs Milner 12/1
  • 2020 Sire Du Berlais 10/1
  • 2019 Sire Du Berlais 4/1F
  • 2018 Delta Work 6/1
  • 2017 Presenting Percy 11/1
  • 2016 Mall Dini 14/1
  • 2015 Call The Cops 9/1
  • 2014 Fingal Bay 9/2F
  • 2013 Holywell 25/1
  • 2012 Cape Tribulation 14/1

Of the last 20 winners of the Pertemps Final, 12 were home GB winners, with the rest being Irish challengers. 

Digging further into some trends involved with this race, none of the previous winners of the fixture had won at 18/1 or bigger in their career, and each of that had gone at least once before over 3m trip or longer.

One interesting stat is that none of the last twenty horses had won exactly three career races before landing the Pertemps Final.

There had also been a break of between 12-76 for each winner before delivering the score at the Cheltenham Festival.

Trends such as those above play a key part in putting together Pertemps Final betting odds, which is precisely what our betting experts will be doing.

All About The Pertemps Final: Past and Present

The Pertemps Final is a Grade 3 handicap hurdle run on the Thursday of the Cheltenham Festival on Cheltenham’s New Course. The race was introduced in 1974 as a replacement for the George Duller Handicap Hurdle and has held its current name since 2002. 

Handicaps are races in which horses of different abilities carry different weights corresponding to the handicapper’s official rating. So, for example, a horse rated 145 would carry 1lb more than a horse rated 144, and 5lb more than one rated 140 and so on.

The first renewal was won by Katstrup, ridden by Graham Thorner and trained by David Barons. Willie Wumpkins completed a remarkable hat-trick in the race between 1979 and 1981 for amateur jockey Jim Wilson and Jane Pilkington. Buena Vista (2010 & 2011) and Sire Du Berlais (2019 & 2020) are other multiple race winners. The race has seen several future Grade 1 winners take the Pertemps Final trophy in recent years, including Holywell, Presenting Percy and Delta Work.

How Do Horses Qualify for the Pertemps Final Race?

The Pertemps Final is unique amongst major races. A horse must finish in the first six in one of the various Qualifiers ran throughout the season to be eligible for the big race at the Cheltenham Festival.

What is the Pertemps Final Prize Money in 2023?

The 2021 Pertemps Final had a total prize fund of £100,000, with £42,202.50 going to connections of the winner, Mrs Milner. £15,9000 and £7,957.50 went to the second and third respectively, with prize money going all the way down to £225 for the eighth-placed horse.

Pertemps Final Past Winners

Year Horse Odd Jockey Trainer
2021 Mrs Milner 12/1 Bryan Cooper Paul Nolan
2020 Sire Du Berlais 10/1 Barry Geraghty Gordon Elliott
2019 Sire Du Berlais 4/1F Barry Geraghty Gordon Elliott
2018 Delta Work 6/1 Davy Russell Gordon Elliott
2017 Presenting Percy 11/1 Davy Russell Pat Kelly
2016 Mall Dini 14/1 Davy Russell Pat Kelly
2015 Call The Cops 9/1 Andrew Tinkler Nicky Henderson
2014 Fingal Bay 9/2F Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
2013 Holywell 25/1 Richie McLernon Jonjo O’Neill
2012 Cape Tribulation 14/1 Denis O’Regan Malcolm Jefferson
2011 Buena Vista 20/1 Conor O’Farrell David Pipe
2010 Buena Vista 16/1 Hadden Frost David Pipe

Other races on Day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival

The Pertemps Final is the second race of the Thursday of the Cheltenham Festival, a card which features three Grade 1s, namely the Marsh Novices’ Chase, the Ryanair Chase and the Stayers’ Hurdle. Thursday also features the Paddy Power Plate, the Dawn Run Mares’ Novice Hurdle and the Kim Muir.

13:30 The Turners Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)

14:10 The Pertemps Network Final (A Handicap Hurdle Race) (Listed)

14:50 The Ryanair Steeplechase (Grade 1)

15:30 The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle (Grade 1)

16:10 The Paddy Power Plate (A Handicap Steeple Chase) (Grade 3)

16:50 The Mares Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)

17:30 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup (sponsored by the JRL Group) (0-145)