This Listed handicap race takes place on Thursday, 15th March, the third day of the Cheltenham Festival, at 2.10pm GMT. This competitive race over 3 miles and 12 hurdles, allows only runners that have previously qualified during several trial races in the preceding season. Open to horses aged five and above, many outsiders have taken the first place glory, while Jonjo O’Neill is joint leader with three wins under his trainer’s cap. Jane Pilkington is another trainer with victories during 1979-1981.
This year, one of the hotly tipped challengers is Who Dares Wins. His owner, Henry Ponsonby has said that he is expecting a good performance, after he took third place in the Coral Cup in 2017. Number one favourite for the 2018 Pertemps Final is The Organist for Stephen Harris, currently at odds of 20.1, with second favourite, again for Stephen Harris, Forza Milan at 15.0. This novice has had a three month break since taking second place at Newbury, and here he is ready for the challenge of the Pertemps.
In recent years, the Pertemps Final has produced several high priced winners, and since 2000, the average SP has been at 20/1, yet this race is always a difficult prize for punters to predict.