Pertemps Handicap Hurdle Tips 2024 – Best Trends To Pick A Winner

The Pertemps Final invites horses aged five or older to compete on the new course, covering a distance of three miles.

This race demands traversing twelve flights of hurdles, making it the longest of the three handicap hurdles featured at the event.

Interestingly, seven of the past eight champions have hailed from Irish stables, all donning a tongue-tie during their victories.

Last year, the sole contender sporting a tongue-tie, Third Wind, narrowly missed victory, hinting at its significant impact.

Notably, five recent Irish victors utilised the Leopardstown qualifier during the Christmas season as a precursor to this event.

Many contenders rely on qualifiers to secure a spot in the final, with their recent performances serving as crucial indicators of potential success in this challenging race.

Previous Winners of the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle

Runners To Watch

Below are our Pertemps Handicap Hurdle tips for 2024 along with a preview of selected runners who hold entries for the race.

Karl Hedley provides some recent form notes to help point you in the right direction of identifying the winner.

ANNA BUNINA – JOHN MCCONNELL

Anna Bunina boasts a record of 10 wins from just 48 races overall, with her most significant victory being in the Scottish Champion Hurdle in April 2022.

Showing promising signs of form between last February and April, she delivered her most encouraging performance yet in the Musselburgh qualifier last month, finishing fourth and demonstrating potential over this distance for the first time.

With a first-time hood, she warrants a closer inspection, aiming to build upon her recent progress.

BOLD ENDEAVOUR – NICKY HENDERSON

Bold Endeavour, who finished fifth in the Coral Cup last year wearing cheek-pieces for the first time, showcased his best performance of the season with a strong second-place finish over the same course and distance on his penultimate start.

However, his performance was overshadowed by the winner, White Rhino, who displayed superior stamina in the closing stages.

CHANTRY HOUSE – NICKY HENDERSON

Chantry House, a former smart chaser with two wins at the Cheltenham Festival in 2021, returns to hurdling with first-time blinkers.

Despite securing a qualifying spot for this event with a fourth-place finish at Huntingdon seven weeks ago; his recent performances indicate a need for significant improvement.

Nonetheless, given his past form, he cannot be disregarded easily.

CLEATUS POOLAW – GORDON ELLIOTT

Cleatus Poolaw has shown promise as a hurdler, finishing first or second in all five races under rules, including a notable maiden win at Naas, followed by a close second to Noble Birth in the Pertemps qualifier at the same venue just 18 days ago.

With the step up to three miles potentially aiding his progression, he enters the race with confidence.

CUTHBERT DIBBLE – NIGEL TWISTON-DAVIES

Cuthbert Dibble, a former novice hurdler with a record of 2 wins out of 5 races, has demonstrated notable improvement this season with victories at Chepstow and Haydock in his two starts.

Despite a 6-pound rise in weight, his recent performances suggest he has more to offer as a stayer and should be considered a strong contender.

EMITOM – ALAN KING

Emitom has secured two wins and two second-place finishes from five races under his current yard.

Notably, he clinched victories at Newbury, including a commanding performance on heavy ground in his last outing.

Despite a further five-pound increase in weight, his previous fourth-place finish in the Grade 1 Stayers’ at the Festival in 2020 indicates the potential for success in this resurgent 10-year-old.

FAROUK D’ALENE – GORDON ELLIOTT

Farouk D’alene, a former smart novice chaser, returns to hurdling after a hiatus, narrowly missing out on victory by a neck in the Leopardstown qualifier.

With proven stamina over three miles and one furlong and a preference for heavy ground, the 9-year-old looks set to contend this strongly.

FLIGHT DECK – DEBORAH COLE

Flight Deck, previously trained by Jonjo O’Neill, has delivered mixed performances under his new stable, notably finishing third in a handicap at Cheltenham and a Grade 2 at Newbury before a lesser show in January.

With a career-high mark and uncertainties surrounding his adaptability to soft ground, he appears vulnerable in this competitive field.

GABBYS CROSS – HENRY DE BROMHEAD

Gabbys Cross, despite not securing a win since the 2022 Galway Festival, has shown promise in his recent hurdle outings, notably finishing as the runner-up in the Punchestown qualifier.

While he faces a significant weight increase, his promising performance in his latest run positions him as a serious contender.

GAOTH CHUIL – TED WALSH

Gaoth Chuil, on an upward trajectory in Ireland this season, has demonstrated her stamina over three miles, finishing strongly in major handicaps at Leopardstown.

With her strong-travelling style and consistent performances under jockey Shane O’Callaghan, she is expected to feature prominently in the race.

GOWEL ROAD – NIGEL TWISTON-DAVIES

Gowel Road, while running creditably over three miles, faces a daunting challenge in this race.

Despite rallying well for fourth at Exeter, he will need to significantly improve to contend with the competition.

HECTOR JAVILEX – CHARLIE LONGSDON

Hector Javilex, showing promise last season, has returned to form with a third-place finish in the Musselburgh qualifier last month.

However, to be competitive in this race, he will need to reach new heights.

HYLAND – NICKY HENDERSON

Hyland, with ready wins at Warwick and Cheltenham earlier in the season, delivered a solid third-place finish at Newbury in December before a less impressive performance at Ascot.

Limited experience on soft ground and uncertainties surrounding stable form may hinder his chances.

ICARE ALLEN – WILLIE MULLINS

Icare Allen, known for his performances in shorter races, showed promise over longer distances with a respectable third-place finish at Aintree over an extended three miles.

While others have demonstrated more at this distance, he cannot be discounted entirely.

J’AI FROID – LAURA MORGAN

J’Ai Froid, a veteran performer, has shown signs of resurgence this winter with two wins.

However, his fourth-place finish at Haydock last time suggests vulnerability to younger competition.

JUDICIAL LAW – JONJO O’NEILL

Judicial Law, boasting three wins on good ground last year, delivered a commendable second-place finish at Cheltenham before fading to fifth at Newbury.

With a return to cheek-pieces, he may show improvement.

KYNTARA – MEL ROWLEY

Kyntara, showing improvement with a new yard this season, narrowly missed victory at Warwick before finishing second at Newbury.

Despite a weight increase, his strong front-running style makes him a contender.

LE MILOS – DAN SKELTON

Le Milos, a former smart chaser, has struggled in his recent hurdle outings.

While his chase efforts remain commendable, he will need to rediscover his form to contend in this race.

MILL GREEN – NICKY HENDERSON

Mill Green, a consistent performer in previous festivals, remains a credible contender despite his age.

With a strong track record, he cannot be overlooked.

MONMIRAL – PAUL NICHOLLS

Monmiral, yet to replicate his Grade 1 juvenile win, has struggled in recent outings.

While he shows potential with blinkers, he will need to address his hanging issues to be competitive.

NOBLE BIRTH – EMMETT MCNAMARA

Noble Birth, equipped with a tongue tie for his new yard this season, impressed with a victory in the Naas qualifier.

Despite a revised mark, his recent form suggests he is a strong contender.

POPOVA – HENRY DE BROMHEAD

Popova, a second-season hurdler, has shown promise with a fourth-place finish in the Punchestown qualifier.

While unexposed, others in the field present stronger claims.

PRAIRIE DANCER – JOSEPH O’BRIEN

Prairie Dancer, stepping up in trip for the Carlisle qualifier, delivered a notable third-place finish.

Despite doubts about his stamina, he remains a contender.

SPRINGWELL BAY – JONJO O’NEILL

Springwell Bay, showing promise with a victory at Cheltenham, has delivered consistent performances over hurdles.

With a tongue-tie and a close finish at Musselburgh, he is expected to be competitive.

WHITE RHINO – OLIVER GREENALL & JOSH GUERRIERO

White Rhino, a reserve with a strong handicap record, has shown versatility on various ground conditions.

Despite a recent halt in improvement, he remains a credible threat

Ticks The Right Boxes?

Pertemps Handicap Hurdle Tips & Key Trends

CLEATUS POOLAW is poised to continue his impressive set of recent results.

Following a commendable second-place finish at Naas last month, the six-year-old appears well prepared for his debut at this distance under Rules.

As a former point-to-point victor, he demonstrates a similar profile to that of Delta Work, who triumphed in this race for connections in 2018.

With the added challenge of this more demanding course likely to play to his strengths, he is favoured to emerge victorious.

Stablemate Farouk D’Alene is well used to travelling in big fields such as this and wont mind the ground.

He is partnered by a seven pound claimer to alleviate top-weight, but he too could run a nice race under the conditions.

Key Trends

  • Gordon Elliott boasts a fantastic recent record in this
  • 9 of the past 12 winners had run 10 times or less over hurdles
  • 6 of the past 8 winners ran in the Leopardstown Qualifier (December)
  • The past 12 winners were aged 8 or younger



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