15:15 Cheltenham Racing Odds & Tips Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle – 24th October 2020

I'd Better Go Now can impress in Cheltenham's Pertemps Trophy Stakes

Horse Racing Betting

Cheltenham Racing Odds: One of the big races from Cheltenham on Saturday is the Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle. This is a Class 2 race over a 3m trip.

It’s a much-anticipated fixture as well, which is open to 4 year olds and above. There are 18 declared runners for this year’s edition and NEVILLE’S CROSS is the current favourite.

Last year’s winner was 9 year old TOBEFAIR from an 8/1 SP (Thomas Bellamy / Mrs D A Hamer).

Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle Odds

Neville’s Cross 11/2
I’d Better Go Now 6/1
Tobefair 13/2
Flinck 7/1
Honest Vic 7/1
Lock’s Corner 12/1
Sirobbie 11/1
Champagne Court 11/1
Story Of Friends 12/1
Onabudget Balloon 14/1
Goodbye Dancer 20/1
The Devils Drop 14/1
Minella Warrior 20/1
Speredek 22/1
Kansas City Chief
40/1 bar
* (betting odds taken from Ladbrokes on October 23rd, 2020 at 20:30 GMT)

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Neville’s Cross the 11/2 FAV for Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle

Heading up the market then is NEVILLE’S CROSS. A glance at his form and it’s easy to see why. Since he made the move to handicapping he has really come into his own.

Taking on longer trips has helped pull the best out of him as well.

Neville’s Cross is the 11/2 favourite for this year’s renewal, and he arrives in style. He scored a fantastic win at Hereford over 25f on his last trip.

He was head and shoulders above the rest of the competition there.

The Tom Lacey-trained gelding does have to deal with a 12lb raise, but that doesn’t look insurmountable in the form that he has been in.

He certainly had plenty in hand at Hereford to suggest that he could shrug it off.



Flinck looks a fit for a 3m trip

It is likely that FLINCK is going to make a bold showing here as he steps up to 3m.

He showed up very well in the Silver Trophy earlier this month. It was a third place finish for Flinck there, on what was his reappearance run as well.

So on the back of that Chepstow performance, he has a good chance to go well again.

Flinck did have a couple of handicap efforts last season as well, winning his first two in such company.

Flinck needs to be well respected for the contest from 7/1* (betting odds taken from Ladbrokes on october 23rd, 2020 at 20:30 GMT).

Can Tobefair defend at the Pertemps?

Last year TOBEFAIR scored the win in this fixture. He is back for a defence and is only 3lb up from where he was last season.

The 10 year old put in a good shift over the second-half of last season in graded company.

The 10 year old has been well-respected in the market for this reappearance. Tobefair does have a 5lb claimer on his back in Jack Tudor that should help as well.

So he could be on the radar again for this one.

Tobefair was at the Cheltenham Festival earlier this year, taking sixth in the Stayer’s in March.

He is back as a 13/2 contender* (betting odds taken from Ladbrokes on october 23rd, 2020 at 20:30 GMT)

I’d Better Go Now poses a big threat

Another of the key contenders that we see in this field is I’D BETTER GO NOW.

He made a positive return on his repaparance, scoring at Perth. That was in a strong field which he got the win at 3m as well, so he is fine at the trip.

There was a nice, controlled run from him to get that win at Perth and has every chance of pushing on even further.

It has been three wins in his last four runs now for trainer David Skelton. He has a weight advantage over some of the other big players and is 3-4 in handicapping now.

I’d Better Go is a 6/1 player in this field* (betting odds taken from Ladbrokes on october 23rd, 2020 at 20:30 GMT).

Champagne Court worth a look on return

Taking his first run since wind surgery is CHAMPAGNE COURT. On his reappearance run for last season, he showed up at Chepstow and took second in the Silver Cup.

So he can be trusted after a long absence. Champagne Court has been away for 228 days.

He is at a lower mark coming back into hurdles and that puts him in the frame.

The last run that he had was at Cheltenham back in March when he was 8th of 20 and well beaten.

The 3m trip is very interesting for him, and he’s one to watch on his return as an 11/1 e/w option* (betting odds taken from Ladbrokes on october 23rd, 2020 at 20:30 GMT).

Others to note

LOCK’S CORNER is another that is on the rise at the moment. He took back to back wins over the hurdles at the end of last season.

On his return he has pushed ever further, winning two handicap chases on reappearance. Those were scores at Southwell and Bagor. Lock’s Corner takes another rise of 10lb this time, but is not discounted.

ONABUDGET BALLON should be watched in the market as well. The former bumper winner in Ireland has been making nice progress over the hurdles.

On his last run he collected a victory, his third race since repaprance. That was at Newton Abbot. He has been moved up 5lb by the assessor. Onabudget Balloon is unexposed at the 3m distance though.

STORY OF FRIENDS has been showing some excellent form for trainer David Pipe. he scored at Newton Abbot in his penultimate race, last month.

He was back at the same venue just a week later and found Onabudget Balloon too good on the day. Story Of Friends is another that is up 5lb in the rating, but claims 7lb for Fegus Gillard.

The last name that we will throw out there is KANSAS CITY CHIEF. In the Pertemps Final he produced a very good at Cheltenham back in March, taking a sixth place finish.

He went extremely well for a long time in that race. He had a recent reappearance run at Uttoxeter which he should be all the better for, plus Kansas City Chief carries a 7lb claimer.

Predictions & Tips for Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle Cheltenham Racing Odds

This is a great field and there are solid claims throughout this field. Our top pick is I’D BETTER GO NOW as he looks to have plenty more in him.

He is on a good mark and he delivered an excellent win at Perth at 3m last time out with a little to spare.

Another pick will be LOCK’S CORNER because of his handicapping form in chases recently. It’s been back to back under those conditions for him.

He can’t be ignored because of that form, even though he is really being pushed now by the assessor.

The final name that we are going for for the short slits is NEVILLE’S CROSS. He looks to be in prime shape to take something like this.

He was just so empathic in his recent win at Hereford that that almost neages that 12lb bump that he is getting. Neville’s Cross should be there or thereabouts.

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