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Pertemps Handicap Hurdle

14:10 Cheltenham Festival

2022-03-17

Winner: £56270

Runners: 22

Going: Soft

No. of hurdles: 12

Distance: 2m7f213y

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The Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle takes place at 2.10pm on the third day of the Cheltenham Festival and serves as the final for the 21 long-distance qualifying races that are run throughout the jumps season prior to the festival. The race has been something of a stepping stone for younger horses who go on to greater achievements over fences. In recent years the likes of Presenting Percy and Delta Work won the race en route to excellent novice chase campaigns the following season. Check the Pertemps Hurdle runners and riders ahead of the race and place your bets by clicking the odds buttons.

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21(0)
131221
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Kansas City Chief

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J: Miss Victoria Malzard
T: Neil Mulholland
13
10-5
130
155
Usually leads; has done extremely well for Victoria Malzard this season, adding to two 3m wins here (good/good to soft) with another one at Plumpton on Monday; a 5lb penalty surely puts this race out of reach.
2(0)
005211
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Ballyandy

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J: Finn Lambert
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
11
11-6
150
160
Won the Champion Bumper here in 2016 and went very close to another Festival win when third in the 2m5f Coral Cup in 2019; had been on a long losing run but has enjoyed himself on the return to staying trips of late, running for only the second time beyond 2m5f when a wide-margin winner at Fakenham, then having something in hand, again under Finn Lambert, at Chepstow (both at 2m7f; soft/heavy); can go well.
NR(0)
131544
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Go Another One

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T: John C McConnell
10
11-0
144
164
Ran well for a long way until outstayed in 3m2f Kim Muir last March; later won 3m Perth chase off this mark in September (good to soft) but he doesn't look well handicapped on what he's shown over hurdles in the last 12 months.
10(0)
U9-7F6
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Dame De Compagnie

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J: Aidan Coleman
T: Nicky Henderson
9
10-9
139
163
At the peak of her powers when winning big-field handicaps here in 2019-20, including the Coral Cup (2m5f, soft), but beaten a long way in the Mares' Hurdle in 2021 and no cause for optimism this winter, falling over fences before tailed off back hurdling at Wincanton in December; has worn a hood, first-time cheekpieces today; not a total bolt from the blue if she returned to form back here.
1(0)
32-2P4
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Sire Du Berlais

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J: Mr R James
T: Gordon Elliott
10
11-12
156
167
Magnificent at the Festival, winning this in 2019 (good to soft) and 2020 (soft; off 4lb lower), then runner-up in the Stayers' Hurdle last year; the years roll by but he ran much the same race at Warwick in January (when struck into) as he had before carrying top weight in this in 2020; Rob James, who won the Kim Muir for the yard in 2020, takes off a useful 7lb; his chance is plain to see.
16(0)
0-2945
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If The Cap Fits

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J: Mr Ben Bromley
T: Harry Fry
10
10-7
137
164
Grade 1 winner over 3m in 2019 but well beaten in the Stayers' Hurdle 12 months ago; has lacked sparkle in staying handicaps this winter, even if he did run through beaten horses to take a remote fifth at Sandown last month (2m7f, good to soft; first-time blinkers, retained); down another 5lb but the competition is stronger.
7(0)
-332P5
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Honest Vic

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J: Richard Patrick
T: Henry Daly
9
10-11
141
163
Losing run goes back to his 3m win here in October 2020; back on the same mark now but he didn't look ripe for winning at this level when returned to hurdles at Huntingdon in January.
5(0)
0-0420
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The Jam Man

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J: Mark Walsh
T: Ronan M P McNally
9
11-0
144
160
Usually held up, and front-running didn't work out at Leopardstown last month; useful form previously when ahead of Third Wind, Sire Du Berlais and Alaphilippe at Warwick (3m1f, soft); 2lb lower here but overall form suggests he needs another push for the win.
NR(0)
24-220
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Didtheyleaveuoutto

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T: Nick Gifford
9
10-4
134
157
Started the season with good efforts in defeat at Chepstow (2m3f) and Newbury (3m; both on good) but was last to finish at Haydock in November and easier tasks await.
12(0)
7-1FU2
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Mill Green

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J: Nico de Boinville
T: Nicky Henderson
10
10-8
138
160
Has run respectably in the last two runnings of the Martin Pipe here (2m4f; soft/good to soft); needs something extra but he didn't flinch on his latest attempt over this far, at Haydock last month (heavy); a little off-putting he didn't attempt this race 12 months ago, having run in a staying chase the time before.
11(0)
7-P148
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Stoney Mountain

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J: Gavin Sheehan
T: Jamie Snowden
9
10-9
139
160
Beaten 21l in this race two years ago; mixed results for these connections and failed by a long chalk to reproduce his Newbury-winning form (3m, good) in November when soundly beaten over C&D in January (soft).
8(0)
1P-733
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Third Wind

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J: Tom O'Brien
T: Hughie Morrison
8
10-11
141
161
Has ground to make up on Sire Du Berlais on their run here in 2020 and his Warwick form with that rival in January (3m1f, soft) shouldn't be taken too literally in the context of this race; has been hammered in his one start since but a better effort cannot be ruled out back here.
18(0)
8-0417
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Pileon

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J: Ben Jones
T: Philip Hobbs
8
10-5
135
156
Headed on the line when making handicap debut in the Martin Pipe here (2m4f, soft) in 2020 but last winter was a washout; looked more his old self when winning at Sandown in December (2m7f, good to soft) but a rather laboured effort off 6lb higher over C&D in January leaves him with something to prove with cheekpieces refitted (pulled up in them once over fences).
6(0)
2-31U2
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Sassy Yet Classy

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J: Davy Russell
T: Gordon Elliott
8
10-12
142
151
Improved mare who looked every inch a stayer at Punchestown in November (good to yielding) on her latest completion over 3m, so it's to her credit that she ran so well back over 2m4f at Navan in December; needs to come up with more off her much higher British mark.
3(0)
5-P260
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Dallas Des Pictons

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J: Mr H C Swan
T: Gordon Elliott
9
11-0
144
160
Kept on at one pace in the 2m4f Martin Pipe last year; gave good account behind Sassy Yet Classy at Punchestown in November (3m, good to yielding) but has his share of weight in Britain and was left behind at Leopardstown in February.
23(0)
10-2P4
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The Cob

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J: Kielan Woods
T: Ben Pauling
8
10-4
134
160
Major step forward when winning 3m Grade 2 at Doncaster (soft) early in 2021 but has plenty to find on his two most recent handicap runs.
15(0)
235U54
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Whatsnotoknow

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J: Darragh O'Keeffe
T: M F Morris
7
10-7
137
157
One win from 15 hurdle starts; couldn't hang on to Sassy Yet Classy's coattails at Punchestown in November (3m, good to yielding), albeit with not much between them on that form; has since run well at Leopardstown but it's hard to view him as well handicapped.
14(0)
751-42
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Winter Fog

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J: Paul Townend
T: Emmet Mullins
8
10-8
138
160
0-6 in Irish points but he looked good when drawing away from a pretty useful rival in 2m3f Limerick maiden hurdle (yielding) for previous yard last spring; unable to justify the support but still made an encouraging start for this yard when runner-up at Leopardstown at Christmas (3m, soft); hooded first time; may well have big days ahead.
17(0)
F0-694
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Folcano

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J: Jordan Gainford
T: Gordon Elliott
7
10-6
136
158
Encouraging return from a break behind Sassy Yet Classy at Punchestown in November (3m, good to yielding) but his finishing has been suspect in two other runs at this trip and he was back at 2m4f when a close fourth at Navan in December (first-time blinkers, retained); stamina could be the weak link.
20(0)
14F422
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Coeur Serein

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J: Jonjo O'Neill Jr
T: Jonjo O'Neill
8
10-5
135
159
Progressive in staying handicaps on varying ground last spring but has run mostly over fences this winter; needs to move on from a recent Exeter second back hurdling but trainer knows how to prepare one for a juicy target and won this with an outsider in 2013; usually wears cheekpieces, first-time blinkers today.
9(0)
F42115
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Tullybeg

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J: Denis O'Regan
T: Gordon Elliott
7
10-10
140
156
Improving stayer in the autumn, when a narrow winner over 2m6f (good) and 3m (good to yielding); might have been ready for a break when fifth to Kansas City Chief over 3m here in October but still needs to raise his game.
24(0)
0-8050
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Dunboyne

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J: Jack Kennedy
T: Gordon Elliott
7
10-4
134
164
Beaten in all five handicaps but that isn't the full story as on last two starts he's been poised to take a hand in competitive 3m Leopardstown events (soft/yielding) before being hampered; unexposed and one of the more interesting runners.
13(0)
1215-5
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Alaphilippe

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J: Paddy Brennan
T: Fergal O'Brien
8
10-8
138
164
Irish point winner who made light of the step up to 3m when impressive in Grade 2 at Haydock (soft) last February and arguably didn't have the race go perfectly for him when fifth in the Albert Bartlett after; ran well for a long way at Warwick in January on his only run since and although he tired quickly he is entitled to come on plenty for the run; tongue tied first time; has potential off 2lb lower.
19(0)
-63420
silk
Born Patriot

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J: Kevin Sexton
T: Peter Fahey
6
10-5
135
157
Dropped out at Sandown last month on his latest start and while his second over 3m here in October was one of his better efforts in the last two seasons, it still leaves him short of what will be required.

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Sire Du Berlais
There are some fascinating new challengers to consider but SIRE DU BERLAIS can be the first to win this race three times since Willie Wumpkins completed a hat-trick in 1981. Although ten now, he has been sparingly raced over the years and has shown his best form at the last two Festivals, successfully conceding weight all round in 2020 and runner-up in the Grade 1 Stayers' Hurdle last year. Ballyandy has been thoroughly revitalised by staying trips of late and he can prove the main danger, although Alaphilippe has plenty of potential on last season's form, Winter Fog is open to improvement for Emmet Mullins and Dunboyne has had no luck on his last two starts. The Jam Man, Sassy Yet Classy and smart chaser Remastered are others to consider.

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