PERTEMPS FINAL

The Pertemps Final is the Festival's only staying handicap hurdle and there is invariably a large field for this stamina test.

It is run over the same course and distance as the Stayers' Hurdle later in the day.

Grade 3 | 5yo+ | Thursday 14.10
3 miles | 12 hurdles | New course
Weight: 10st - 11st 12lb (handicap)
Prize money (2022): £100,000 | 1st: £56,270

To be eligible to run in the Final, a horse must finish in the first six in one of a series of qualification races during the season.

Established in 1974, one of the earlier winners was a horse who became something of a Festival legend. 

Willie Wumpkins won the race three times on the trot, sealing the hat-trick in 1981 at the ripe old age of thirteen.

Two years later, the race was won by future Gold Cup winner Forgive ‘n Forget.

PERTEMPS FINAL TRENDS

The last 6 winners were Irish trained
The last 6 winners wore a tongue-tie
5 of the last 6 winners ran in the Leopardstown qualifier at Xmas
2 of the last 8 winners were top weight
Gordon Elliott won 3 consecutive renewals up to 2020
3 of the last 22 favourites won

Gordon Elliott not only trained the winner of the Pertemps Final three years in a row, but the first and second in 2018 and 2020.

He was also trainer of 2021 runner-up, The Bosses Oscar, until his suspension.

Fingal Bay (2014) & Sire Du Berlais (2020) both carried top weight to victory, while Presenting Percy was just 1lb off (2017).

Sire Du Berlais was the second back-to-back winner of the Pertemps since 2010.

Festival perennial Buena Vista won in 2010 and 2011, having finished second in 2009.

Mrs Milner (4th), Sire Du Berlais (9th & 6th), Presenting Percy (5th) and Mall Dini (4th) all ran in the Leopardstown qualifier.

LAST 5 WINNERS’ DATA

YEAR
AGE
OFFICIAL RATING
WEIGHT
2022
8
141
10-11
2021
6
134
10-9
2020
8
152
11-12
2019
7
145
11-9
2018
5
139
10-10

RECENT WINNERS

YEAR
WINNER
JOCKEY / TRAINER
SP
2022
Third Wind
Tom O'Brien / Hughie Morrison
25/1
2021
Mrs Milner
Bryan Cooper / Paul Nolan
12/1
2020
Sire Du Berlais
Barry Geraghty / Gordon Elliott
10/1
2019
Sire Du Berlais
Barry Geraghty / Gordon Elliott
4/1f
2018
Delta Work
Davy Russell / Gordon Elliott
6/1
2017
Presenting Percy
Davy Russell / Patrick G Kelly
11/1
2016
Mall Dini
Davy Russell / Patrick G Kelly
14/1
2015
Call The Cops
Andrew Tinkler / Nicky Henderson
9/1
2014
Fingal Bay
Richard Johnson / Philip Hobbs
9/2f
2013
Holywell
Richie McLernon / Jonjo O'Neill
25/1
2012
Cape Tribulation
Denis O'Regan / Malcolm Jefferson
14/1
2011
Buena Vista
Conor O'Farrell / David Pipe
20/1
2010
Buena Vista
Hadden Frost / David Pipe
16/1
2009
Kayf Aramis
Aidan Coleman / Venetia Williams
16/1
2008
Ballyfitz
Paddy Brennan / Nigel Twiston-Davies
18/1
2007
Oscar Park
Tom Doyle / David Arbuthnot
14/1
2006
Kadoun
Tom Ryan / Michael O'Brien
50/1
2005
Oulart
Paul Carberry / Dessie Hughes
10/1
2004
Creon
Timmy Murphy / Jonjo O'Neill
50/1
2003
Inching Closer
Barry Geraghty / Jonjo O'Neill
6/1f
2002
Freetown
Tony Dobbin / Len Lungo
20/1
2001

Festival Cancelled

2000
Rubhahunish
Carl Llewellyn / Nigel Twiston-Davies
8/1

The 2021 Pertemps Final winner was Mrs Milner, ridden by Bryan Cooper:

Sire Du Berlais recorded back-to-back victories in 2020 and three Pertemps Final wins in a row for trainer Gordon Elliott.

Off a 7lb higher mark than the previous year and wearing first-time blinkers, he just held off stable companion The Storyteller:

Barry Geraghty had given him a superb ride in 2019, to win by a neck despite having been backed at over 200/1 in-running:

After a titanic tussle, Delta Work beat his stablemate Glenloe by a nose in 2018 - another 1-2 for Gordon Elliott:

The dual Pertemps Final winner Buena Vista ran at 8 consecutive Cheltenham Festivals (2005-12).