Held annually at Cheltenham Racecourse, The Festival is a four-day event that takes place every March towards the end of the National Hunt season. There are only two other meetings at Cheltenham before the summer break – The April Meeting and Race Night.
Around 250,000 spectators make their way to Cheltenham every year for this spectacular event, with each day seeing around 65,000 visitors. This year, a fair proportion of these will have travelled across from Ireland to participate in St. Patrick’s Thursday.
There is over £1,000,000 in prize money handed out each day, with The Gold Cup alone offering a purse of £625,000. Only the Grand National pays out more than The Cheltenham Festival.
The highest-paying races are the featured races of each day, including The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy, The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase, The Ryanair Steeple Chase, The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle and The Cheltenham Gold Cup.
The Cheltenham Festival 2021 will take place from Tuesday the 16th until Friday the 19th of March. The second race of St. Patrick’s Thursday will be The Pertemps Network Final.
About the Race
The Pertemps Network Final is a handicap race that is run on the ‘new course’ at Cheltenham and is open to horses aged 5 years or older.
This Grade 3 National Hunt hurdle race covers a distance of 2 miles, 7 furlongs and 213 yards and consists of twelve hurdles for the horses to jump.
Originally sponsored by Coral, The Pertemps Network Final was a replacement for The George Duller Handicap Hurdle in 1974, however, it is Pertemps that have now sponsored the race since 2002.
To qualify for this final, horses must place in 6 qualifying races in the 5 months prior. Last season there was a total of 21 qualifiers for the contenders to achieve this in. Willie Wumpkins has achieved this and gone on to win The Pertemps Network Final on three occasions in three consecutive seasons in 1979, 1980 and 1981.
The Pertemps Network Final will be the second race of St. Patrick’s Thursday on the 18th of March, beginning at 14:10.
The top 10 predicted runners and their ante-post odds for The Pertemps Network Final at The Cheltenham Festival 2021 are the following:
- The Bosses Oscar (IRE) – 7/1 ante-post favourite – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-3 (28/12/20) – trained by Gordon Elliott
- Imperial Alcazar (IRE) – 8/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-2 (16/01/21) – trained by Fergal O’Brien
- Column Of Fire (IRE) – 10/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-3 (29/01/21) – trained by Gordon Elliott
- Dreal Deal (IRE) – 10/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-4 (17/01/21) – trained by Ronan McNally
- On The Blind Side (IRE) – 10/1 ante-post odds – 9 years old – weighing in at 11-4 (16/01/21) – trained by Nicky Henderson
- Dandy Mag (FR) – 12/1 ante-post odds – will be 9 years old – weighing in at 10-13 (28/12/20) – trained by Willie Mullins
- Storm Arising (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-5 (09/01/21) – trained by Paul Nicholls
- Champagne Platinum (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-7 (28/11/20) – trained by Nicky Henderson
- Southfield Harvest (GB) – 16/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-1 (26/12/20) – trained by Paul Nicholls
- Morosini (FR) – 16/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-2 (28/12/20) – trained by Mrs John Harrington
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The Pertemps Network Final, just like any other race held at Cheltenham Racecourse, offers some unbelievable starting price odds considering how much can happen in the handful of minutes it takes the horses to complete the race.
Not only will you have fantastic starting prices to choose from, but thanks to competitive bookie promotions, you could see odds enhanced further, extra places paid and have free bets to capitalise on.
A £10 stake on Sire Du Berlais’ 10/1 starting price would have returned £100 in profits alone before you take into account the vast number of enhanced odds promotions this race had on it.
Here are the previous 4 winners of The Pertemps Network Final, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:
10/1 outsider Sire Du Berlais won his second consecutive Pertemps Network Final last time out, ridden by jockey Barry Geraghty and trained by Gordon Elliott.
Finishing the race in second place was joint-favourite The Storyteller with a starting price of 11/2, followed by Tout Est Permis in third with a starting price of 12/1.
Sire Du Berlais won The Pertemps Network Final by a neck in 2019, ridden by jockey Barry Geraghty and trained by Gordon Elliott.
Huge outsider Tobefair managed a second-place finish, just that neck behind the leader, with a starting price of 40/1, ridden by jockey Thomas Bellamy and trained by Debra Hamer. Third place was taken up by 16/1 Not Many Left.
The Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle was won by Delta Work in 2018 who began the race with a starting price of 6/1, ridden by jockey Davy Russell and trained by Gordon Elliott.
9/2 race favourite finished in second place, followed by 33/1 Connetable in third and 40/1 Taj Badalandabad in fourth. Only one of the 23 runners pulled up in this race.
Back in 2017, The Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle was won by the impressive 11/1 Presenting Percy who held on strong through the final stages of the race, ridden by Davy Russell and trained by Pat Kelly.
8/1 race favourite Impulsive Star was nowhere to be seen, eventually finishing down in 21st place, freeing up placement spots for 16/1 Barney Dwan, 9/1 Dury Duty and 66/1 The Tourard Man.