It might not have the glitz and the glamour of a Grade 1 but all roads lead to Cheltenham for handicap hurdlers aged five years and older – and the Pertemps Network Final always delivers in spades.
The name of the race might imply that each qualifier has overcome plenty of opposition but all a horse has to do to punch their ticket is place in the top six in one of the qualification races during the preceding five months.
The coronavirus-plagued 2020/21 season reduced the number of races in Great Britain to 14 while just two were slated for Ireland. The Irish have taken charge of the last five renewals – so the question is, can a British-trained horse end their dominance?
PERTEMPS NETWORK FINAL QUALIFICATION RACES
October 24 – Cheltenham
November 5 – Newbury
November 7 – Aintree
November 9 – Kempton
November 19 – Market Rasen
December 4 – Sandown
December 13 – Carlisle
December 26 – Wincanton
December 28 – Leopardstown
January 16 – Warwick
January 29 – Huntingdon
February 7 – Musselburgh
February 14 – Exeter
February 20 – Haydock
February 25 – Chepstow
March 1 – Punchestown
WHEN IS THE PERTEMPS NETWORK FINAL?
The qualifying horses entered to run at Cheltenham for the Pertemps Network Final will be in action at 13.55 on Thursday, March 18.
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PERTEMPS NETWORK FINAL RUNNERS AND ODDS
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Timeform: “BRINKLEY has only raced on testing ground, so a sounder surface at the Festival would pose a different test, but he was very strong at the finish at Exeter and should relish the stiff uphill finish at Cheltenham”
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Mick Fitzgerald: “The one I like is STORM ARISING. He is a bit of a character and this sort of contest will really suit him. He should be a good each-way prospect in a wide-open contest.”
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Gina Bryce: “While the Irish have dominated this race in recent years, I’m siding with IMPERIAL ALCAZAR to hand trainer Fergal O’Brien an overdue first Festival winner. The Warwick qualifier winner is a young, improving horse who should find conditions to his liking and with the experienced Cheltenham expert Paddy Brennan in the saddle, he has plenty in his favour.”
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PERTEMPS NETWORK FINAL WINNERS AT LAST FIVE FESTIVALS
2020 – Sire Du Berlais (Horse), Barry Geraghty (Jockey), Gordon Elliott (Trainer)
2019 – Sire Du Berlais, Barry Geraghty, Gordon Elliott
2018 – Delta Work, Davy Russell, Gordon Elliott
2017 – Presenting Percy, Davy Russell, Pat Kelly
2016 – Mall Dini, Davy Russell, Pat Kelly
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