The Pertemps Final is the first major betting race on St Patricks day as the big hitters of the betting ring come out to play.
The race is for staying hurdlers that may not be deemed good enough to run in the World Hurdle, but it still produces some fascinating racing for both punters and purists.
For a horse to qualify for the race they need to take part in one of the eight qualifier races which take place during the run-up to the Festival. This gives punters a brilliant form guide to work with as there can be over ten races to review before this race is even run.
The 2013 renewal is coming together nicely with all the prep-races being run and producing some interesting results.
Punters are advised to watch the race live via Bet365’s epic streaming service on their brilliant online betting portal. Of course, there is no better feeling in horse racing than being at the Cheltenham Festival, but if you can’t make signing up to Bet365 looks the way to go.
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Past trends are a key weapon for punters to use when betting at the Cheltenham Festival, and it seems the Pertemps final is a very good race for using past results to your advantage.
Over half the runnings stretching back to 1995 have been won by horses that also won on their previous start and from approximately only 20% representation too which is some strike rate given the competitive nature of this handicap.
Therefore, following horses who won on their last start when assessing this competitive handicap looks a play to keep onside.
What has become increasingly apparent over the last half a dozen seasons is that a different type of horse has been winning the Pertemps final than from a few years ago when unexposed contenders with quiet preparations were the order of the day.
The Pertemps Final now attracts more 140+ rated horses than has ever been the case meaning that horses officially rated under 133 couldn’t even get into last year’s race yet they had accounted for five of the previous eight winners.
Therefore this handicap is not at the mercy so much of a plotted up, lightly raced featherweight and attracts more grizzled, old warriors such as Buena Vista.
Hard hitting owner and gambler JP McManus first won the Pertemps final with Danny Connors in 1991 and then repeated the dose 13 years later when Creon caused a 50/1 surprise.
He looks to have a solid chance of adding another win to his CV courtesy of At Fishers Cross, who can be backed at 9/1 with Coral to land the spoils. The horse won two very weak novice hurdles in the autumn but burst onto the scene when pulling very far clear with Inish Island in a valuable handicap hurdle at Cheltenham.
That form has stood up well and he should go close if lining up in this gruelling handicap.