The Pertemps Final is open to horses aged five or older. It is also run on the new course over a distance of three miles.
There are twelve flights of hurdles to be jumped in what is the longest of the three handicap hurdles at the meeting.
The last six winners of the race have all been Irish trained and every one of those winners wore a tongue tie.
Four of the Irish winners used Leopardstown as a stepping stone prior to coming here.
Many of the runners use qualifiers to get into this final and a positive performance from them last time would obviously be key to doing well in this.
Previous Winners of the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle
Runners To Watch
Below are selected runners who hold entries for the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle 2022.
Karl Hedley provides some recent form notes to help point you in the right direction of identifying the winner.
WINTER FOG – EMMETT MULLINS
Winter Fog finally lost his maiden when beating Captain Kangaroo at Limerick last April.
In December he was switched to the shrewd yard of Emmett Mullins and he probably would have finished closer to Panda Boy had he not fluffed his lines at the first hurdle.
A first time hood is applied today and no doubt he has a big handicap in him.
SIRE DU BERLAIS – GORDON ELLIOTT
Sire Du Berlais comes into his own at this track and having won this particular race two years on the trot, he is back to have another go.
He ran a gallant second at this meeting last year where he found only Flooring Porter too strong in the Stayers’ Hurdle.
A return to his favourite course is certainly in his favour and with the yard in good form, he commands respect.
Despite being a ten-year-old and having to shoulder top-weight, he should still give a good account and make the frame especially with Rob James claiming seven pounds.
ALAPHILIPPE – FERGAL O’BRIEN
Alaphillipe qualified for this when running at Warwick in January and that should have left him pretty much spot on for this race.
He would ideally love the rains to arrive as he is the kind of horse that loves to get his toe in.
Gets in here off an ideal racing weight but needs to show more of an aptitude for this track.
He was beaten sixteen lengths by Vanillier at this meeting last year in the Albert Bartlett on what has been his only previous run here.
DUNBOYNE – GORDON ELLIOTT
Dunboyne has endured a long season and is without a win since February 2021.
He has finished no better than fifth in what was a qualifier for this race at Leopardstown back in December.
Having been beaten thirty-three lengths in his last race, although he was badly hampered.
His attitude has to be questioned overall though and Jack Kennedy may have a tough ride here.
TULLYBEG – GORDON ELLIOTT
Tullybeg is another of this field who miraculously finished fifth in a qualifier for this race over the course and distance back in October.
Prior to that he won his first two races back with Gordon Elliott following his brief flirtation with Denise Foster.
The form has been franked by the winner Kansas City Chief twice since. Still only lightly raced compared to some of these and further improvement cannot be entirely ruled out
REMASTERED – DAVID PIPE
Remastered has been keeping some good company this year and was far from disgraced when fourth to Royal Pagaille in the Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock last time.
He won a Grade 2 novice chase over 3m last February and would surely have gone close to winning the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury back in November, but for falling four out.
He hasn’t shown quite the same attitude since but this hurdle mark is 10lb lower and he has had another bout of wind surgery since we last saw him.
THE JAM MAN – RONAN MCNALLY
The Jam Man is usually held up, and an unusual change of tactics at Leopardstown last month just didn’t work.
He has beaten some of these before including Third Wind, Sire Du Berlais and Alaphilippe at Warwick.
He needs to be at the very top of his game to feature here.
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2022 Pertemps Handicap Hurdle Tips & Key Trends
It could be hard to stop SIRE DU BERLAIS in this given that his young jockey takes an invaluable seven-pounds off his back.
The ten-year-old knows every blade of grass on this track and whilst he hasn’t been his usual and consistent self throughout the winter, this place just brings him back to life.
The should be no shortage of pace in this massive field and The Jam Man could well come with a late charge from the back.
- Gordon Elliott boasts a fantastic recent record having won three of the last four races.
- The past ten winners had run ten times or less over hurdles
- Three of the last five winners have carried more than 11 stone to victory including one top-weight
Odds With Paddy Power – correct at time of publication
- 5/1 Winter Fog
- 11/2 Sire Du Berlais
- 13/2 Alaphilippe
- 15/2 Dunboyne
- 12/1 Folcano
- 12/1 Tullybeg
- 12/1 Remastered
- 12/1 The Jam Man