The Pertemps Final is open to horses aged five or older.
It is also run on the new course over a distance of three miles.
There are twelve flights of hurdles to be jumped in what is the longest of the three handicap hurdles at the meeting.
The last five winners of the race have all been Irish trained and every one of those winners wore a tongue tie.
Four of the Irish winners used Leopardstown as a stepping stone prior to coming here.
Many of the runners use qualifiers to get into this final and a positive performance from them last time would obviously be key to doing well in this.
Previous Winners of the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle
Runners To Watch
Below are selected runners who hold entries for the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle 2021.
Karl Hedley provides some recent form notes to help point you in the right direction of identifying the winner.
Imperial Alcazar – Fergal O’Brien
Imperial Alcazar clearly benefitted from his seasonal reappearance when having too much in hand over Mr Harp at Warwick in a qualifier for this race.
He was giving over a stone to the runner up so it was a better performance than the bare form looks.
Fergal O’Brien has done an amazing job with him and this three-mile trip is not a problem for the son of Vinnie Roe.
If the ground dries out too much, that would be a concern but he has the building blocks to be a future star over fences.
Champagne Platinum – Nicky Henderson
Champagne Platinum caught the eye with a good second to Bushypark at Haydock following a near three-month lay-off.
He is though still without a win since going in at Newbury back in 2018 and that has to be a concern.
His two previous efforts here at Cheltenham would not suggest he was anywhere near capable of winning a race such as this and he is hard to recommend as a betting proposition.
The Bosses Oscar – Denise Foster
The Bosses Oscar has been competitive in all three of his starts this year and has benefitted from stepping up to three miles.
He ran well here in the Martin Pipe last year when beaten only three lengths by Indefatigable.
His rating reflects the improvement he has made, but he should make a bold attempt and can make the frame.
Come On Teddy – Tom George
Come On Teddy is a lightly raced seven-year-old who has sparkled since being upped to this three- mile trip.
He improved from his seasonal reappearance to record a scintillating win over On The Blind Side over this course and distance back in December and found only a couple too good at Warwick including likely opponent Imperial Alcazar.
He enjoys a brilliant turn around in the weights and now back on this stiffer track, he has to be of obvious interest.
Mrs Milner – Paul Nolan
Mrs Milner had looked progressive since making her seasonal reappearance back in November.
She did take a tumble though when dropped in trip to contest a strong handicap at Leopardstown last time out.
If she is fully over that she may well be capable of making the frame at a price as she was a good second to On The Blind Side here just before Christmas.
No forlorn hope and respected.
Brinkley – David Pipe
Brinkley has been well suited by heavy ground with his two most recent outings.
Since leaving Liz Doyle in late 2019 he has done nothing but progress.
This three-mile trip is certainly well within his comfort zone and David Pipe did win this with Buena Vista back in 2011.
Brinkley has been hit with a fair share of weight in this as a result of his consistency though and with his best efforts coming on flatter tracks than this, he would be better suited by Aintree.
Spiritofthegames – Dan Skelton
Spiritofthegames is very familiar with this racecourse and has been placed three times from four starts.
He always seems to travel well but ultimately disappoints in a finish.
He has only won one race since October 2018 and he has been mixing it over hurdles and fences.
Always bumps into at least one too good and that will probably be the case again here.
Dandy Mag – Willie Mullins
Dandy Mag seemed to come back a different horse this year and readily accounted for The Bosses Oscar in a hot handicap at Leopardstown just after Christmas.
The eight-year-old ran too bad to be true when beaten out of sight on his next appearance over the same course and distance by stablemate Maze Runner.
He is racing off a career high mark in this and it ought to be a step too far for him.
Storm Arising – Paul Nicholls
Storm Arising has improved with each run this year and has won two of his three starts and coincidentally Bryony Frost rode him in both of those.
Those wins came over similar trips at Lingfield and Chepstow.
He doesn’t appear to be particularly well handicapped but looks can be deceptive.
Paul Nicholls has never won this race and it may prove too hard of a stat to begin reversing the trend with him.
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2021 Pertemps Handicap Hurdle Tips
Come On Teddy looks sure to run a big race for Tom George.
The seven-year-old comes here with winning track form and received lumps of weight from most of his rivals.
He has the beating of a couple of these on form lines through On The Bright Side and he can run a big race.
The Irish have won the last five renewals of this race and The Bosses Oscar looks sure to turn in another solid run.
Odds With Paddy Power – correct at time of publication
- 9/2 Imperial Alcazar
- 11/2 The Bosses Oscar
- 15/2 Champagne Platinum
- 9/1 Come On Teddy
- 12/1 Mrs Milner
- 14/1 Spiritofthegames
- 16/1 Brinkley
- 20/1 Dandy mag
- 22/1 Storm Arising