Pertemps Handicap Hurdle Final (Cheltenham) Betting Tips & Preview – Thursday 15th March 2018

To stand a chance of featuring in this race, runners needed to have finished in the top six in any of the qualifying races that were held earlier in the season. It’s a rather unique event in this aspect but it’s something which means this race consistently has a jam-packed field.

There were no major dropouts from the final declarations leaving Glenloe as the slight favourite. It’s next in line however, Louis’ Vac Pouch, who has caught our eye for this race as he looks for a fifth career win over the hurdles.

Top Tips

Louis’ Vac Pouch to win @ 9/1

Lovenormoney each way @ 20/1

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Race Info

At almost three miles long, the hurdlers involved in this race will be in for a stern test of their stamina with conditions underfoot very testing at Cheltenham’s New Course. There are two horses, Arthur’s Gift and Kris Spin, waiting in reserve but they will only feature if we have some late dropouts from the race.

GoingDistanceGradePrize MoneyRunnersEW Terms
Heavy 2m 7f 213y 3 £100,000 26 (max 24) 1/4 1-4

Recent Winners

The combination of Davy Russell and Pat Kelly have been responsible for the last two winners in this race. Kelly has no entries this year but Davy Russell has been chosen by Gordon Elliot to ride Delta Work.

Big returns have usually been available if calling this race right. Nine of the last 12 who were first past the post did so at odds of between 14/1 and 50/1.

2017 Presenting Percy 11/1 Davy Russell Pat Kelly
2016 Mall Dini 14/1 Davy Russell Pat Kelly
2015 Call The Cops 9/1 Nicky Henderson Andrew Tinkler
2014 Fingal Bay 9/2 Philip Hobbs Richard Johnson
2013 Holywell 25/1 Jonjo O’Neill Richie McLernon

Analysis: Louis’ Vac Pouch Under-Valued for Pertemps Finale

Louis’ Vac Pouch has seen his odds drop from 14/1 over the past couple of weeks but he’s still available at a very generous price given his record.

With winners often having large odds in this race, an each way flutter is also a wise idea too. Lovenormoney is one horse we’ve identified from lower down the betting who looks like he could this year’s dark horse.

Philip Hobbs to repeat 2014 success

When attempting to qualify for this race, Louis’ Vac Pouch comfortably beat nine others at Aintree over three miles and half a furlong. The going was soft at the Merseyside course but Hobbs’ runner always had the endurance for the test, asserting his authority in the final stages. He’s been moved up 13lbs in the ratings for that win but will only carry 11st 2lbs here thanks to the involvement of Thomas Campbell. Bar a fall at Sedgefield last February, he’s been a consistent performer over the past 14 months and can be expected to do himself proud here.

Sort It Out needs to sort out losing run

The third favourite for this test hasn’t won a race of any sort since May 2015. He’s made eight starts since and never once been particularly close to claiming victory. In 2017, Edward Harty’s horse never finished closer than 65 lengths from the winner. This calendar year began more brightly though with a third place finish at Punchestown as the nine-year-old responded well to an increased trip. That race alone is not enough however to make him a tempting option at 9/1.

Has Glenloe got the legs?

Gordon Elliot’s horse was fairly quick out of the blocks following the summer break with two highly credible second place finishes at Naas and Navan. When given a longer test of three miles though, the seven-year-old made no impression on the winner despite being one of the main contenders. It was still a respectable showing but he struggled to reach his best over three miles last season too so perhaps this test will be a touch too far for him.

Lovenormoney to improve on last Cheltenham appearance

He was a 5/1 shot when appearing on the New Course in January but after making a poor start he never stood a chance. Warren Greatrex gave the seven-year-old the chance to make amends at Exeter and he duly did so, winning the Class 2 contest by six lengths. The conditions that day were to his favour as he’s a horse who often runs well on heavy ground. He’s never competed in a large field before so the decision to put him in a visor for the first time could prove to be a wise one.

Final Verdict

His impressive display at Aintree makes Louis’ Vac Pouch a more than worthy option of being backed for Pertemps Final glory. Winning last time out certainly won’t hurt the chances of Lovenormoney either who appears to be an overlooked each way option.

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