Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle Tips 2021

The first of three handicaps on day three of the Cheltenham Festival is the Pertemps Final. Qualifying races take place across Britain and Ireland throughout the season, before a capacity field of 24 horses takes part in the series finale of this three-mile hurdle series on St Patrick's day at Cheltenham.

2021 Pertemps Final Key Facts

Date Thursday 18th March, 2021
Time 2:10pm
Course Cheltenham Festival
Status Grade Three Handicap
Distance 3m
Prize Pool £100k
Age 5YO+

2021 Pertemps Final Odds

No odds are currently available for the 2021 Pertemps Final.

2021 Pertemps Final Tips

Once the new National Hunt season starts and the qualifying races are run, we'll have plenty of tips and articles regarding the 2021 Pertemps Final.

2020 Pertemps Final Result

1st Sire Du Berlais 10/1
2nd The Storyteller 11/2jf
3rd Tout Est Permis 12/1
4th Third Wind 12/1
5th Relegate 11/2jf

Pertemps Final Day Card

1:30pm Marsh Novices' Chase Grade One 2m 4f
2:10pm Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle Listed Handicap 3m
2:50pm Ryanair Chase Grade One 2m 4f
3:30pm Stayers' Hurdle Grade One 3m
4:10pm Brown Advisory Plate Handicap Chase Grade Three Handicap 2m 4f
4:50pm Mares' Novices' Hurdle Grade Two 2m 1f
5:30pm Kim Muir Handicap Chase Class Two Handicap 3m 2f

Pertemps Final History

The Pertemps Final has proven to be a popular addition to the Cheltenham Festival schedule since it's inception in 1974. 

The Pertemps Series features races run at various venues around Britain and Ireland during the regular season. A top-six finish is enough to book your spot in the Final at the Cheltenham Festival, but only the top 24 rated runners will be allowed to run in the race.

The most famous horse in the history of the Pertemps Final is Willie Wumpkins. Jane Pilkington's charge was 11 when he first won the race at the 1979 Cheltenham Festival. Willie Wumpkins then retained his crown in both 1980 and '81, and remains the only three-time winner of the Pertemps.

Jim Wilson, Willie Wumpkins' jockey, is also the joint winning-most rider in the history of the race. Davy Russell and Barry Geraghty have also ridden three winners apiece.

Forgive 'N Forget won the Pertemps Final in 1983. Two years later, he'd land the big one at the Cheltenham Festival, scoring in the Gold Cup under Mark Dwyer.

John Francombe, Richard Dunwoody and Luke Harvey rode the winners of the Pertemps Final in the 1980s. AP McCoy celebrated his first winner in 1998, riding Unsinkable Boxer to victory for legendary trainer, Martin Pipe.

Jonjo O'Neill is the most successful trainer, having saddled the winner of the Pertemps Final four times between 1991 and 2013. 

Nicky Henderson, Philip Hobbs, Nigel Twiston-Davies and Venetia Williams have also tasted success in the Pertemps Final.

Irish trainer, Pat Kelly scored back-to-back victories with Mall Dini and Presenting Percy in 2016 and '17.

Since then, the race has belonged to Gordon Elliott. Elliott's first winner was Delta Work in 2018. 

Sire Du Berlais won for Elliott the following year, before becoming just the third multiple winner of the Pertemps Final, carrying top-weight to victory over The Storyteller in 2020.

Pertemps Final Qualifying Races

2020/21 Winner
October Cheltenham Honest Vic
November Aintree Unowhatimeanharry

Kempton Storm Goddess

Newbury Dell Arca
December Sandown Portrush Ted

Wincanton Jacamar

Carlisle Captain Zebo

Leopardstown Dandy Mag
January Warwick

February Punchestown





Pertemps Final Winners

2020 Sire Du Berlais
2019 Sire Du Berlais
2018 Delta Work
2017 Presenting Percy
2016 Mall Dini
2015 Call The Cops
2014 Fingal Bay
2013 Holywell
2012 Cape Tribulation
2011 Buena Vista
2010 Buena Vista
2009 Kayf Aramis
2008 Ballyfitz
2007 Oscar Park
2006 Kadoun
2005 Oulart
2004 Creon
2003 Inching Closer
2002 Freetown

Pertemps Final FAQs

When is the Pertemps Final?

The 2021 Pertemps Final will take place at 2:10pm on day three of the Cheltenham Festival on Thursday 18th March.

What is the Pertemps Final?

The Pertemps Final is a Handicap Hurdle staged during the Cheltenham Festival. The Pertemps Series features races run at various venues around Britain and Ireland during the regular season. A top six finish is enough to book your spot in the Final at the Cheltenham Festival. The Pertemps Final is three miles long, and open to five-year-olds and above.

Who won the Pertemps Final?

Sire Du Berlais became just the third multiple winner of the Pertemps Final in 2020, successfully carrying top-weight to victory for Gordon Elliot.

Where are the Pertemps Qualifiers run?

The Pertemps Series Qualifiers are run at various venues throughout the season, taking place during Cheltenham's Open Meeting, Leopardstown's Christmas Festival, Kempton's Christmas Festival and the Dublin Racing Festival. The full list of 15 qualifying races can be found on our website.

Where can I watch the Pertemps Final?

The 2021 Pertemps Final will be shown live on ITV Racing. If you want to stream the race live on your mobile or tablet then visit our Live Streaming page for more details.