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The Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle Race

The Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle Race is a National Hunt handicap hurdle race that is held at Cheltenham Racecourse every year as part of The Showcase.

The Showcase is the first meeting back in Cheltenham at the start of the new season following the almost 6-month long summer break.

During The Showcase, 14 incredible races take place over two days, including the two high-value featured races – The Bentley Flying Spur Handicap Steeple Chase on Day One and The Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap Steeple Chase on Day Two.

Each day is split into two seven-race cards featuring one of the two featured races and usually commences around 14:00 and concludes just after the final race at around 17:30.

The Showcase 2021 is scheduled to take place on Friday the 22nd and Saturday the 23rd of October. For all The Showcase news and ticket information, sign up for The Jockey Club’s newsletter at https://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/newsletter/.

About the Race

The Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle Race is a Class 2 handicap hurdle race that is run a distance of 2 miles, 7 furlongs and 208 yards along the old course at Cheltenham Racecourse.

The race is open to horse aged four and over who are required to jump 12 hurdles for a chance at winning a share of the £20,000 purse.

This prize pool is split proportionately between the four placing horses, with £12,512 assigned to the winner, £3,696 offered to second-place, £1,848 taken by third and £924 scooped up by fourth.

The Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle Race takes place at 15:15 on Saturday the 23rd of October 2021.

Runners

The brilliant horses that contend in The Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle Race at The Cheltenham Showcase provide immense competition and put on a fantastic spectacle year after year.

Here are the runners, their starting prices and how they fared in this fantastic race the last time it was contested in 2020 (ordered by saddlecloth number):

  1. Tobefair (GB) – thirteenth-place finish – 11/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-12 – ridden by jockey Jack Tudor and trained by Debra Hamer
  2. Honest Vic (IRE) – first-place finish – 12/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-1 – ridden by jockey Richard Patrick and trained by Henry Daly
  3. Champagne Court (IRE) – ninth-place finish – 8/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-8 – ridden by jockey Nick Scholfield and trained by Jeremy Scott
  4. The Devils Drop (IRE) – fourteenth-place finish – 50/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-8 – ridden by jockey Thomas Bellamy and trained by Alan King
  5. Minella Warrior (IRE) – tenth-place finish – 22/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-7 – ridden by jockey Ciaran Gethings and trained by Kim Bailey
  6. Lock’s Corner (IRE) – second-place finish – 20/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-4 – ridden by jockey Richie McLernon and trained by Jonjo O’Neill
  7. Ballon Onabudget (IRE) – eighth-place finish – 12/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-4 – ridden by jockey Jonathon Burke and trained by Tom George
  8. Flinck (IRE) – seventh-place finish – 8/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-4 – ridden by jockey Richard Johnson and trained by Philip Hobbs
  9. Neville’s Cross (IRE) – sixth-place finish – 10/3 starting price – weighing in at 10-4 – ridden by jockey Robbie Power and trained by Tom Lacey
  10. Sirobbie (IRE) – fourth-place finish – 16/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-4 – ridden by jockey Adrian Heskin and trained by Harry Whittington
  11. Cotswold Way (IRE) – fifth-place finish – 66/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-3 – ridden by jockey Micheal Nolan and trained by Philip Hobbs
  12. Speredek (FR) – seventeenth-place finish – 50/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-3 – ridden by jockey David Noonan and trained by Nigel Hawke
  13. Story Of Friends (FR) – eleventh-place finish – 14/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-2 – ridden by jockey Fergus Gillard and trained by David Pipe
  14. Kansas City Chief (IRE) – third-place finish – 18/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-2 – ridden by jockey Victoria Malzard and trained by Neil Mulholland
  15. Bailarico (IRE) – sixteenth-place finish – 150/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-0 – ridden by jockey Harry Bannister and trained by Warren Greatrex
  16. I’d Better Go Now (IRE) – fifteenth-place finish – 7/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-0 – ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton
  17. Goodbye Dancer (FR) – twelfth-place finish – 20/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-0 – ridden by jockey Paddy Brennan and trained by Fergal O’Brien
  18. Vaniteux (FR) – Non-Runner – starting price N/A – weighing in at 10-0 – ridden by jockey Sean Houlihan and trained by Suzy Leech

Tips

Over 4 billion pounds is gambled on horses in The UK throughout the National Hunt horse racing calendar, with a large chunk of that bet on horses at meetings held at Cheltenham Racecourse.

If you want to be one of the thousands of punters that turn The Showcase into a profitable occasion, trust our team of professional betting tipsters to guide your bet slips in the right direction.

Odds

Some long priced outsiders have won The Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle Race in recent years. In the last three editions of the race, the odds of winners have been 12/1, 8/1 and 16/1 respectively.

Will The Showcase 2021 follow this trend or will a race favourite win for the first time since 5/2 Thomas Campbell in 2017?

Previous Winners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle Race at The Showcase in Cheltenham, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:

2020

The winner of The Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle Race at last year’s Cheltenham Showcase was 12/1 outsider Honest Vic, ridden by jockey Richard Patrick and trained by Henry Daly.

20/1 outsider Lock’s Corner finished 4 lengths behind the leader in second-place, followed by 18/1 Kansas City Chief in third and Sirobbie in fourth.

2019

British outsider Tobefair won The Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle Race at The Showcase 2019 with a starting price of 8/1, ridden by jockey Thomas Bellamy and trained by Debra Hamer

11/1 outsider Sunset Showdown finished just half a length behind the leader in second-place, followed by 5/1 Sykes in third-place and 5/1 Captain Tommy in fourth.

2018

On Day Two of The Showcase 2018, 16/1 outsider The Mighty Don won The Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle Race, ridden by jockey Leighton Aspell and trained by Nick Gifford.

Longer outsider Sykes finished just a short head behind the leader with a starting price of 22/1, followed by 10/1 Dawn Raider in third-place and 11/2 race favourite Theclockisticking in fourth.

2017

The Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle Race at Cheltenham Racecourse in 2017 saw 5/2 race favourite Thomas Campbell take the first-place prize, ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson.

Irish 40/1 outsider Milrow finished 2 and a quarter lengths behind the leader in second, followed by 16/1 Luccombe Down in third and 25/1 Dell’ Arca in fourth.

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