2.10 Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle
Thursday 12 March | Age: 5yo+ | Prize: £100,000
The Pertemps Final is another typically competitive handicap race at the Cheltenham Festival. This Grade 3 (formerly a listed race) is run on the New Course over three miles.
THE Pertemps is a slightly unique handicap for the Festival because the runners need to qualify via various races across the course of the season.
It is ripe for a plot horse because qualifiers usually just need to finish in the top 6 so horses can have a fair to middling run but still do enough to get in.
The obvious plot horses at the moment are Relegate and The Storyteller who are both now pretty short in the market.
I would be concerned about Relegate's jumping and she would have to improve a good bit in that department to interest me here because they will go a strong pace the whole way and mistakes will be punished.
The Storyteller is the more likely one having won a handicap chase at the Festival in the past and appearing to be pretty well handicapped compared to his form over fences.
There are two at much bigger prices though that I am keen on and as it happens they are both trained by Henry Daly who at the time of writing has had Whatmore run well and get a place on Tuesday in the novice handicap chase.
Regular readers will remember that I tipped STONY MOUNTAIN to win a grade 3 handicap at Haydock in November at fancy prices and he duly obliged.
Due to a careful campaign from Henry Daly he is now only 4lb higher going into this race and I think he has tons of potential still be untapped.
The booking of Sam Twiston Davies is no negative either. My only concern would be the track – he was pulled up in the Albert Barlett last year but that was a brutal race so I can forgive him and there isn't enough evidence to say for sure that he doesn't like Cheltenham.
My second selection is RAPPER, also from the Daly yard and I think his price is far too big.
He is totally unexposed as a hurdler and ran very nicely in 2nd to Skandiburg last time out at Cheltenham at New Year. He has been given a rest since then and will be fresh and ready to go for this.
Trying to unravel what is the pick of McManus’ five runners is mind-blowing but it is not difficult to envisage last year’s winner SIRE DU BERLAIS (2.50) being involved in the finish.
Martin Pipe’s Bueno Vista was the last back-to-back winner a decade ago and Elliott has declared first-time blinkers for the top weight in an effort to eke out a little more improvement off his higher rating.
Sire Du Berlais ran fourth to stablemate Blow By Blow in the 2018 Martin Pipe and seems to come alive at this meeting.
McManus’ bunch of fives is completed by Harry Fry’s Huntingdon scorer Phoenix Way, Unowhatimeanharry, A Great View and Sunset Showdown.
Relegate lifted the 2018 Champion Bumper when trained by Willie Mullins but now runs out of Colm Murphy’s yard. The gelding looks potentially well treated and Paul Townend takes the mount.
This is one of hardest races to pick, and a lot of horses arrive in this race being well-handicapped.
To get into this race, horses must qualify in certain races in England or Ireland, where they must be placed in the top 6. The one I like the look of is SIRE DU BERLAIS who won this race last year.
Barry Geraghty gave this horse an amazing ride last year, where he came through a crowd of horses to win on the line. He’s handicapped to go close again this year, running off a 4lb higher mark.
He managed to qualify for this when finishing 4th at Warwick, where it was clear to see the jockey tried his best to just qualify in the final places.
He was positioned in the rear all race, but he had plenty left to give, which was evident with his ears being pricked and the exuberant jump at the last hurdle.
The Storyteller is one of the main fancies for this race, as Davy Russel got him to qualify when finishing 6th at Leopardstown, with a similar ride of leaving it late on.
It’s a tough race, but with the form of Barry and the JP horses I feel like he has another good EW chance.
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