- 1:30 Supreme Novices Hurdle
- 2:10 Arkle Chase
- 2:50 Ultima Handicap Chase
- 3:30 Champion Hurdle
- 4:10 Mares Hurdle
- 4:50 Northern Trust Novices Chase
- 5:30 National Hunt Chase Cup
- 1:30 Ballymore Novices Hurdle
- 2:10 RSA Chase
- 2:50 Coral Cup
- 3:30 Champion Chase
- 4:10 Cross Country Chase
- 4:50 Boodles Handicap Hurdle
- 5:30 Champion Bumper
- 1:30 Marsh Novices Chase
- 2:10 Pertemps Final Hurdle
- 2:50 Ryanair Chase
- 3:30 Stayers Hurdle
- 4:10 Brown Advisory Plate
- 4:50 Dawn Run Mares Hurdle
- 5:30 Kim Muir Chase Cup
Pertemps Final Hurdle Tips - 2:10pm Cheltenham
2020 Pertemps Final Preview
The Pertemps Final is the only race at the Festival where the horses needed to run in a qualifier to earn their place here on the big day. A top six spot is required in any of the heats that take place during the season in England, Ireland and France.
The race, being over three miles, really does test the horse’s stamina and it’s not surprising that horses carrying less than 11st have a good record as well as those that have won over this trip before. A less obvious stat is that only two of the last twenty winners actually won a qualifier, suggesting that the trainer’s leave something to work on so they have a few pounds in hand of the handicapper.
It wasn’t that long ago that the Pertemps was one of the poorest as far as Irish runners are concerned, they only had two winners from 2000 to 2015. All that has changed now with the raiders taking the last four renewals and saddling four of the first five home in 2019.
Last year’s winner Sire Du Berlais trained by Gordon Elliott for JP McManus is in the line-up, he qualified with a fourth at Warwick in January. He only just scraped into the race last year so form leading up to the race can be taken with a pinch of salt, he will be ready to perform on the day.
Elliott will be hoping that lightning can strike twice with his other main hope The Storyteller, he like Sire De Berlais last year qualified by finishing sixth in the Leopardstown heat in February. He had earlier won over this trip at Clonmel and is very well handicapped over hurdles compared to his chase mark.
The green and gold hoops of JP will also be carried by the Harry Fry trained Phoenix Way, the 7yo is very lightly raced and looks the ideal type to be aimed at a race such as this. He won on his third start over hurdles when landing a novice event over 2m4f at Plumpton. That gave him an opening handicap mark of 133 but we had to wait over twelve months before we saw him again.
He reappeared at Huntingdon in a qualifier having had a wind operation and wore a tongue tie for the first time. He was made favourite and Barry Geraghty went over to ride him, he prevailed in a tight finish without the jockey having to resort to any serious urgings and looks to have plenty more in the tank.
Young trainer Olly Murphy has an interesting runner in Skandiburg. The 6yo won a couple of weak novice hurdles last season but had failed to live up to his trainers hopes when taking on better opposition. This season handicaps and stepping up to three miles has been the key to success with victories at Aintree and here at Cheltenham over this trip and track.
He goes on any ground and won here in testing conditions so stamina looks to be his strength, 6yo’s have a good record in the race so ticks a lot of boxes.
Nicky Henderson won this race with Call The Cops back in 2015 and his Welsh Saint will have plenty of supporters. He had three races in novice company before going into handicaps for the first time at Haydock last month. It was also the first time he had gone over three miles.
You get the feeling this was plan ‘B’ to some extent, his third in Listed company here on New Year’s Day was probably the race that told the trainer he wouldn’t be good enough to contest the big Novice races and it was handy to have this race in mind.
He went to Haydock and beat Silver Eclipse by a length and a quarter off a mark of 134, he could well have more to offer now going over longer trips.
Philip Hobbs saddles the ex-French hurdler Jatiluwih who is owned and ridden by David Maxwell. He won his first four novice races in good style and then improved further with a win on his handicap debut here over 2m5f, he won that off 137 and beat a decent sort in Falco Blitz in the process.
Last time out he ran in a qualifier on Boxing Day at Wincanton and put up a decent performance to finish second to Third Wind, he ran off 146 that day in heavy ground and I think they may be more improvement now stepping to 3 miles.
The 2018 Champion Bumper winner Relegate is worth looking at, he was trained by Willie Mullins back then but has since moved to Colm Murphy. He reappeared after 382 days off to run a very eye-catching race at Punchestown when a staying on 4th only beaten 6 ½ lengths. He travelled really well that day and can only improve and if he's anything like back to his old form he could go well at a decent price.
Ronald Pump has been chasing this season and was actually second in a Grade 1 contest behind Fakir D’oudairies. He switched back to hurdles for the qualifier at Leopardstown and ran a blinder to finish second behind the useful Treacysenniscorthy. He was only beaten a length in a 25 runner field and connections will fancy a big run here.Punters Lounge Tip: Relegate EW 20/1 at William Hill - Click Here To Bet
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