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Holywell Springs Surprise in Pertemps Final
14/03/13

1 Holywell 25/1
2 Captain Sunshine 11/1
3 Jetson 10/1
4 Shutthefrontdoor 6/1
5 Berties dream 33/1
24 ran Distances: 1½l, ½l, 1¼l
TIME 5m 59.92s (slow by 18.92s)

Jonjo O'Neill made The Festival scoresheet for the first time this year when Holywell sprang a 25/1 surprise in the Pertemps Final with his seemingly more-fancied stablemate Shutthefrontdoor, a 6/1 chance, coming fourth.

Holywell
© Racehorse Photos

Smad Place
"It was brilliant and I thought we were in front a bit too early but Richie (McLernon) gave Holywell a great ride and it all worked out for us. The blinkers obviously helped because he travelled well and jumped well," said O'Neill, winning the race for a fourth time.

"I thought the ground had dried out a bit too much for him to be honest but it didn't seem to be the case anyway. It's not easy winning at Cheltenham but it's lovely when you do win.

"Shutthefrontdoor did everything well but was a bit novicey at a few jumps - a bit big and bold - and they other horse is cute and a good handicapper - they are two nice horses.

"Richie had a grand position from early on, he jumped really well and travelled really well. The only time we were getting worried was when he was upsides coming down the hill because it's a long way from home and he does idle in front a bit. The blinkers helped him today. He kept rallying when he hit the front.

"Richie knows the horse and he gave him a couple of cracks to keep his mind on the job. Everything went right, so it was great.

"The handicapper hasn't missed him this season but everything went right for him today - the run around and he also jumped great.

"Richie is a great lad and a great horseman. He knows his horses well and he said after Haydock that this horse may need a little bit of headgear - he ran a great race there and it was heavy ground. I am glad that everything went right.

"Shutthefrontdoor jumped a bit novicey at a few but he ran a great race. I didn't see any negatives there at all and he is a lovely horse to look forward to next year when he'll make a lovely chaser."

It was O'Neill's 22nd Festival winner and fourth in the Pertemps Final.

Paul Smith, whose mother Gay owns the winner, said: "I'm so pleased for my mother who has put a lot into the game in the last few years. We had Black Jack Ketchum who won here a few years ago in the same colours."

 

 

'EVEN BETTER' SECOND-TIME AROUND FOR McCLERNON

Richie McClernon rode his second winner at The Festival when Holywell took the Pertemps Final, a victory the jockey could add to his 2012 success on Alfie Sherrin in the JLT Specialty Chase.

McClernon, an Irishman based in the Cotswolds with trainer Jonjo O'Neill, who trains Holywell for Gay Smith, said: "I was privileged to ride a winner here last year, but this is even better."

He then referred to the late Campbell Gillies, the jockey who died in a swimming pool accident last summer. McClernon said: "At this meeting last year Campbell Gillies was here - he's not here now, but he's looking down on us. He'll never know the winning feeling again and I'm very lucky to do so. We're in a lucky game and a great sport."

Holywell, who was bought by O'Neill for £70,000 at Brightwells' Cheltenham Sale in November 2011, wore blinkers for the first time. McClernon said: "I said to the boss I'm going to jump out and make it, and the blinkers definitely helped because he really jumped and pinged every hurdle. I thought we went steady so when I kicked for home I was afraid something might do us for toe - when he heard them coming he went again.

"I knew he would stay and he tries his heart out. He's by a good sire in Gold Well, and they really try their heart out. He battled to the line. He's not ungenuine, but the blinkers just help him a little bit.

"I looked through the declarations yesterday and was delighted to be on him - A P has first choice on everything in the yard and was riding for Mr McManus [on fourth-placed Shutthefrontdoor], and I was lucky to slot in."

 

Captain Sunshine
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Captain Sunshine
SATISFACTION AND FRUSTRATION

There were different reactions from the trainers of the pair who followed Holywell home in the Pertemps Hurdle Final. Emma Lavelle, who saddled length and a half runner-up Captain Sunshine (11/1), was happy and delighted with the seven-year-old's effort.

"He is just so game," she said, "He tried his heart out and just came up against a better handicapped horse. We couldn't be more pleased with him and we'll try to find something for him at Punchestown."

Jessie Harrington, though, was left ruing thwarted passage through the race of 10/1 shot Jetson, beaten half a length into third place. "He was stopped on top of the hill," she said. "Something was dropping back in front of him taking him back and Robbie [Power, jockey] just couldn't get out.

"By the time he did, it was all too late. The horse finished like an absolute train, and we're delighted with him. But it was all a case of what could have been."

 

Pertemps Final (Listed Handicap Hurdle)
£80,000 added, 5yo plus, 3m, Class 1
24 ran
Good to Soft (GOOD in Places)

Position
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Weight
Starting Price
Beaten Distance
1
Holywell
Jonjo O'Neill
R P McLernon
11st 4lbs
25 - 1
Winner
2
Captain Sunshine
Miss E C Lavelle
P J Brennan
11st 1lbs
11 - 1
1 1/2 length
3
Jetson
Mrs J Harrington
R M Power
11st 1lbs
10 - 1
1/2 length
4
Shutthefrontdoor
Jonjo O'Neill
A P McCoy
11st 8lbs
6 - 1
1 1/4 length
5
Berties Dream
H de Bromhead
A E Lynch
11st 2lbs
33 - 1
3 1/2 lengths
6
Ely Brown
C E Longsdon
N Fehily
11st 1lbs
20 - 1
1 3/4 length
7
Bakbenscher
A King
W Hutchinson
11st 4lbs
50 - 1
1 length
8
Stonemaster
D T Hughes
D N Russell
11st 2lbs
14 - 1
1/2 length
9
First Fandango
Tim Vaughan
Mr B Gibbs
11st 7lbs
100 - 1
Neck
10
Action Master
D T Hughes
B J Cooper
11st 4lbs
33 - 1
3/4 length
11
Ardkilly Witness
Dr R D P Newland
Christopher Ward
10st 13lbs
33 - 1
3 3/4 lengths
12
Hada Men
Miss V Williams
Aidan Coleman
10st 13lbs
28 - 1
7 lengths
13
Catch Me
E J O'Grady
M P Walsh
11st 9lbs
40 - 1
2 1/2 lengths
14
Fair Along
P J Hobbs
R Johnson
11st 12lbs
33 - 1
2 lengths
15
American Trilogy
P F Nicholls
Harry Derham
11st 0lbs
20 - 1
2 3/4 lengths
16
American Spin
L A Dace
J E Moore
11st 2lbs
50 - 1
7 lengths
17
Pateese
P J Hobbs
M G Nolan
11st 3lbs
50 - 1
3/4 length
18
Sam Winner
P F Nicholls
R Walsh
11st 4lbs
4 - 1
24 lengths
19
Close House
D Pipe
T Scudamore
11st 7lbs
12 - 1
1 1/2 length
20
Ballybough Pat
A J Honeyball
Nick Scholfield
11st 1lbs
16 - 1
7 lengths
21
Bouggler
Miss E C Lavelle
D C Costello
11st 6lbs
40 - 1
1 1/4 length
22
Top Of The Range
N J Henderson
B J Geraghty
11st 0lbs
8 - 1
11 lengths
       

 

Previous Results

PERTEMPS FINAL (HANDICAP HURDLE)

2012-WINNER-CAPE TRIBULATION 8-10-11 Owner-J David Abell; Trainer-Malcolm Jefferson; Jockey-Denis O’Regan; SP-14/1
2ND-Catch Me 10-10-09 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Edward O’Grady IRE; Jockey-A P McCoy; SP-14/1
3RD-Cantlow 7-10-08 Owner-R V Shaw; Trainer-Paul Webber; Jockey-Dominic Elsworth; SP-33/1
4TH-Houblon Des Obeaux 5-10-09 Owner-Mrs Julian Blackwell; Trainer-Venetia Williams; Jockey-Aidan Coleman; SP-33/1
24 ran, Time-5m 44.30s; Dist-¾, 1¼ 1¾ 11/2 Fav Our Father (15th)

2011-WINNER-BUENA VISTA 10-10-03 Owner-Matt Archer & the late Jean Broardhurst; Trainer-David Pipe; Jockey-Conor O’Farrell; SP-20/1
2ND-Son Amix 5-10-06 Owner-Whitechurch Stud Syndicate; Trainer-Tom Cooper; Jockey-Paul Carberry; SP-16/1
3RD-Sivota 7-10-07 Owner-Second Go Syndicate; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-9/1
4TH-Knockara Beau 8-11-12 Owner-W F Trueman; Trainer-George Charlton; Jockey-Jan Faltejsek; SP-33/1
23 ran, Time-5m 40.10s; Dist-4, hd, 10 6/1 Fav Chartreux (13th)

2010-WINNER-BUENA VISTA 9-10-01 Owner-Matt Archer & the late Jean Broardhurst; Trainer-David Pipe; Jockey-Hadden Frost; SP-16/1 2ND-Prince Erik 6-10-08 Owner-Dr Ronan Lambe; Trainer-Dermot Weld IRE; Jockey-Robbie Power; SP-16/1 3RD-Chamirey 7-10-04; Owner-Sir Robert Ogden; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Wayne Hutchinson; SP-28/1 4TH-Cross Kennon 6-10-03 Owner-P & Mrs G Clarke; Trainer-Jennie Candlish; Jockey-Alan Keeffe; SP-16/1 24 ran, Time-5m 49.10s, Dist-5, hd, 1½ 11/4 Fav Alfie Sherrin (12th)

2009-KAYF ARAMIS 7-10-05 Owner-Isobel Phipps Coltman; Trainer-Venetia Williams; Jockey-Aidan Coleman; SP-16/1
2ND-Buena Vista 8-10-09 Owner-Matt Archer & the late Jean Broadhurst; Trainer-David Pipe; Jockey-Tom Scudamore; SP-10/1
3RD-Pennek 6-10-11; Owner-H D Read; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Robert Thornton; SP-9/1
4TH-The Sliotar 8-10-00 Owner-Roger Brookhouse; Trainer-David Pipe; Jockey-Danny Cook; SP-33/1 22 ran, Time-6m 2.70s, Dist-2, nk, 1¼ 7/1 Fav Ballydub (12th)

2008-WINNER-BALLYFITZ 8-10-08 Owner-Fred & Wayne Mills; Trainer-Nigel Twiston-Davies; Jockey-Paddy Brennan; SP-18/1
2ND-Miko De Beauchene 8-10-08 Owner-Andrew Wiles; Trainer-Robert & Sally Alner; Jockey-Robert Walford; SP-7/1 Jt Fav
3RD-According To Pete 7-10-06 Owner-P Nelson; Trainer-Malcolm Jefferson; Jockey-Fergus King; SP-33/1
4TH-Mobaasher 5-11-01 Owner-Seasons Holidays; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-12/1 24 ran, Time-6m 2.13s; Dist-3, 2¼, nk 7/1 Jt Fav Robin Du Bois (8th)

2007-WINNER-OSCAR PARK 8-10-09 Owner-George Ward; Trainer-David Arbuthnot; Jockey-Tom Doyle; SP-14/1
2ND-Material World 9-10-09 Owner-Southern Bloodstock; Trainer-Suzy Smith; Jockey-Colin Bolger; SP-14/1
3RD-Adamant Approach 13-10-13 Owner-Greenstar Syndicate; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Paddy Mullins; SP-16/1
4TH-Mistanoora 8-10-00 Owner-Nigel Twiston Davies; Trainer-Nigel Twiston-Davies; Jockey-Tony Evans; SP-33/1
24 ran, Time-5m 46.20s, Dist-½, 3½, ½ 13/2 Fav Kadoun (18th)

2006-WINNER-KADOUN 9-11-07 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Michael O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Tom Ryan; SP-50/1
2ND-Hordago 6-10-02 Owner-S Braddish; Trainer-Eric McNamara IRE; Jockey-Brian Byrnes; SP-10/1
3RD-Oodachee 7-11-05 Owner-Modreeny Syndicate; Trainer-Charlie Swan; Jockey-David Casey; SP-10/1
4TH-Liberman 8-10-08 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Jamie Mackay; SP-20/1
24 ran, Time-5m 46.90s, Dist-1.5, 3.5, 1.25 4/1 Oulart (8th)

2005-WINNER-OULART 6-10-02 Owner-Ged Pierse; Trainer-Dessie Hughes IRE; Jockey-Paul Carberry; SP-10/1
2ND-Mioche D’Estruval 5-10-00 Owner-Joe Moran; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Tom Scudamore; SP-66/1
3RD Quick 5-11-00 Owner-Kinsford Champagne Partnership; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Andrew Glassonbury; SP-50/1
4TH-Touch Closer 8-10-07 Owner-Vicky Scott; Trainer-Vicky Scott; Jockey-Mick Fitzgerald; SP-66/1
22 ran, Time-5m 52.90s, Dist-2, 4, 1.25 7/2 Fav Ravenswood (15th)

2004-WINNER-CREON 9-10-00 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Jonjo O'Neill; Jockey-Timmy Murphy; SP-50/1
2ND-G V A Ireland 6-10-05 Owner-Donal O’Buachalla; Trainer-Francis Flood IRE; Jockey-Fran Flood; SP-14/1
3RD-Alexanderthegreat 6-11-06 Owner-The Irish Connection; Trainer-Paul Nicholls 6-11-06; Jockey-Ruby Walsh 25/1
4TH-His Nibs 7-10-08 Owner-John Galvanoni; Trainer-Venetia Williams; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-25/1
24 ran, Time-6m 16.30s; Dist-.5, 1, .5 4/1 Fav Keepatem (7th)

2003-WINNER-INCHING CLOSER 6-11-02 Owner-Nicola Spence; Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-6/1 Fav
2ND Royal Emperor 7-11-06 Owner-Widdop Wanderers; Trainer-Sue Smith; Jockey-Dominic Elsworth; SP-14/1
3RD Tribal Venture 5-10-06 Owner-Network Training III; Trainer-Ferdy Murphy; Jockey-Davy Russell; SP-33/1
4TH Ravenswood 6-11-03 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Tom Scudamore; SP-7/1
24 ran, Time-6m 21.00s; Dist-sh, 12, 1.75

2002-WINNER-FREETOWN 6-11-02 Owner-Susan Blumberg and S Nairn; Trainer-Len Lungo; Jockey-Tony Dobbin; SP-20/1
2ND-Surprising 7-10-04 Owner-Martin St Quinton; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-12/1
3RD-Montreal 5-10-07 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-25/1
4TH-Native Emperor 6-10-09 Owner-Exors of the late Robert Hitchins; Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-Liam Cooper; SP-10/1 24 ran, Time-6m 16.780s; Dist-4, hd, 5 7/2 Fav Calladine (14th)

2001 - No Race (Foot and Mouth Disease)

2000-WINNER-RUBHAHUNISH 9-11-02 Owner-Lone Star Racing Partnership; Trainer-Nigel Twiston-Davies; Jockey-Carl Llewellyn; SP-8/1
2ND-Take Five 7-10-00 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-John Kiely IRE; Jockey-Norman Williamson; SP-7/1
3RD-Font Romeu 7-10-06 Owner-Pond House Gold; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Barry Fenton; SP-14/1
4TH-Darapour 6-10-04 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-4/1Fav
24 ran, Time 6m 3.40s Dist-3.5, 3, sh

1999-WINNER-GENEROSA 6-10-01 Owner-Trish Hyde; Trainer-John Hassett IRE; Jockey-Norman Williamson; SP-12/1
2ND-Melody Maid 7-10-03 Owner-R Parish, B Griffiths, G Rogers, R Newman; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Mick Fitzgerald; SP-12/1
3RD-Galant Moss 5-10-07 Owner-Chris, Basil & Rosie Batterham II; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-3/1 Fav
4TH-Shannon Gale 7-10-00 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Christy Roche IRE; Jockey-Fran Berry; SP-7/1
24 ran, Time 6m 17.9s Dist-5,1.25,1

1998-WINNER-UNSINKABLE BOXER 9-10-12 Owner-Paul Green; Trainer- Martin Pipe; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-5/2 Fav
2ND-Tompetoo 7-10-09 Owner-Pettifer Pettifer Ltd; Trainer-Nigel Twiston Davies; Jockey-Carl Llewellyn; SP-9/2
3RD-Spendid 6-10-10 Owner-Mrs Adair Catherwood; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Adrian Maguire; SP-12/1
4TH-Metastasio 6-10-10 Owner-F Mallon; Trainer-Gerry McArdle IRE; Jockey-Harry Rogers; SP-14/1
24 ran, Time 6m 12.2s Dist-4, .75, 2

1997-WINNER-PHARANEAR 7-11-09 Owner-Stainless Threaded Fasteners Ltd; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Mr Robert Thornton; SP-14/1
2ND-Yahmi 7-10-13 Owner-Wally Sturt; Trainer-Jim Old; Jockey-Jamie Osborne; SP-7/2 Fav
3RD-Danjing 5-10-11 Owner-Knight Hawks Partnership; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-33/1
4TH-Haile Derring 7-10-06 Owner-Mrs V Stockdale; Trainer-Nigel Twiston-Davies; Jockey-Tom Jenks; SP-9/1 24 ran, Time-6m 24.2s, Dist-2, 5, 1

 

PERTEMPS FINAL (HANDICAP HURDLE) ROLL OF HONOUR
(Pertemps Final since 2002, Ladbrokes Casinos Final 2001-2000, Stakis Casinos Final 1999, Unicoin Homes Gold Card Handicap Hurdle 1998, Hamlet Extra Mild Cigars Gold Card Final 1997, Hamlet Cigars Gold Card Handicap Hurdle Final 1996 & 1994, Astec Vodafone Gold Card (Final) 1995, American Express Gold Card Final 1993, Coral Golden Final 1978-1992, Joe Coral Golden Hurdle Final 1974-78)

Year Winner Age/Wt Jockey Trainer Owner SP Ran

2012 Cape Tribulation 8-10-11 Denis O’Regan Malcolm Jefferson David Abell 14/1 24
2011 Buena Vista 10-10-03 Conor O’Farrell David Pipe Matt Archer & the late Jean Broadhurst 20/1 23
2010 Buena Vista 9-10-01 Hadden Frost David Pipe Matt Archer & The Late Jean Broadhurst 16/1 24
2009 Kayf Aramis 7-10-05 Aidan Colemen Venetia Williams Isobel Phipps Coltman 16/1 22
2008 Ballyfitz 8-10-08 Paddy Brennan Nigel Twiston-Davies Fred & Wayne Mills 18/1 24
2007 Oscar Park 8-10-09 Tom Doyle David Arbuthnot George Ward 14/1 24
2006 Kadoun 9-11-07 Tom Ryan Michael O’Brien IRE J P McManus 50/1 24
2005 Oulart 6-10-02 Paul Carberry Dessie Hughes IRE Ged Pierse 10/1 22
2004 Creon 9-10-00 Timmy Murphy Jonjo O’Neill J P McManus 50/1 24
2003 Inching Closer 6-11-02 Barry Geraghty Jonjo O’Neill Nicola Spence 6/1F 24
2002 Freetown 6-11-02 Tony Dobbin Len Lungo Susan Blumberg and S Nairn 20/1 24
2001 No Race (Foot and Mouth)
2000 Rubhahunish 9-11-02 Carl Llewellyn Nigel-Twiston-Davies Lone Star Racing Partnership 8/1 24
1999 Generosa 6-10-01 Norman Williamson John Hassett IRE Mrs Trish Hyde 12/1 24
1998 Unsinkable Boxer 9-10-12 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe Paul Green 5/2F 24
1997 Pharanear 7-11-09 Mr Robert Thornton David Nicholson Stainless Threaded Fasteners Ltd 14/1 24
1996 Great Easeby 6-10-01 Richard McGrath Wilf Storey David Batey 7/1 24
1995 Miracle Man 7-10-11 Peter Hobbs Colin Weedon Patrick Evans 9/2F 23
1994 Tindari 6-10-09 Paul Williams Malcolm Jefferson Yorkshire Racing Club Owners Group 20/1 32
1993 Fissure Seal 7-11-04 Charlie Swan Harry de Bromhead IRE Delton Syndicate 14/1 22
1992 My View 8-10-04 Jason Titley Michael Purcell IRE Mrs Seamus Purcell 33/1 31
1991 Danny Connors 7-10-12 Mark Dwyer Jonjo O’Neill J P McManus 9/1 29
1990 Henry Mann 7-11-09 Tony Mulholland Simon Christian Lynn Wilson 20/1 27
1989 Rogers Princess 7-10-00 Shaun Keightley Martin Tate R C Smith 8/1JF 27
1988 Pragada 5-11-00 Richard Rowe Josh Gifford Mrs M G L McGlone 16/1 29
1987 Taberna Lord 6-11-05 Luke Harvey Jim Wilson R Jackson 10/1 31
1986 Motivator 6-10-07 Graham McCourt Mick Ryan Terry Ramsden 15/2F 31
1985 Von Trappe 8-10-06 Richard Dunwoody Michael Oliver P Clarke 12/1 30
1984 Canio 7-10-09 John Francome Ron Hodges David Ladhams 20/1 31
1983 Forgive N'Forget 6-11-06 Mark Dwyer Jimmy FitzGerald T Kilroe Ltd 5/2F 23
1982 Tall Order 8-10-02 Andy Stringer Louis Foster Louis Foster 15/1 31
1981 Willie Wumpkins 13-10-08 Mr Jim Wilson Jane Pilkington Jane Pilkington 13/2 20
1980 Willie Wumpkins 12-10-07 Mr Jim Wilson Jane Pilkington Jane Pilkington 10/1 19
1979 Willie Wumpkins 11-10-04 Mr Jim Wilson Jane Pilkington Jane Pilkington 25/1 22
1978 Water Colour 9-10-01 Kevin Whyte Martin Tate J Soles 11/1 23
1977 Outpoint 7-11-03 Pat O'Brien Fred Winter Mrs G Abecassis 10/1 27
1976 Good Prospect 7-11-10 Richard Evans John Edwards T Dudley 10/1 17
1975 Saffron Cake 6-10-07 Eddie Wright Les Kennard P Haynes 13/1 24
1974 Kastrup 7-10-03 Graham Thorner David Barons Austin Darlington 10/1 22

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION
The Pertemps Final (Handicap Hurdle) was introduced to The Festival in 1974, replacing the George Duller Handicap Hurdle. Until 1993, it was run under the Coral banner. Other sponsors since then have been American Express (1993), Hamlet Cigars (1994 & 1996), Astec Vodafone (1995), Hamlet Extra Mild Cigars (1997), Unicoin Homes (1998) and Stakis Casinos (1999). Ladbrokes inherited sponsorship in 2000 after acquiring Stakis Casinos and Pertemps took over in 2002.

FIELD SIZE
The race now has a safety limit of 24, and a maximum field has lined up in 13 of the past 16 renewals, but 31 runners took part in 1982, 1984, 1986, 1987 and 1992. The smallest field was 17 in 1976 when Good Prospect won at 10/1.

WEIGHTS
Good Prospect defied 11st 10lb in 1976, while Rogers Princess and Creon both won with 10st on their backs.

MULTIPLE WINNERS
Willie Wumpkins entered Festival folklore with three consecutive victories between 1979 and 1981 when aged 11, 12 & 13. Wiilie Wumpkins won four races in all at The Festival because he was also successful as a five-year-old in what is now the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle. Buena Vista is the only other multiple Pertemps Final winner, scoring in 2010 & 2011 when aged nine and 10 respectively.

MOST SUCCESSFUL TRAINER
Jane Pilkington, trainer of Willie Wumpkins, has the accolade of being the joint-leading trainer alongside current handler Jonjo O’Neill, whose three wins came through Danny Connors (1991), Inching Closer (2003) and Creon (2004).

MOST SUCCESSFUL JOCKEY
Amateur Jim Wilson rode Willie Wumpkins to all three of his wins. No current jockey has won the race more than once.

OVERSEAS-TRAINED WINNERS
There have been five Irish-trained winners - My View (1992), Fissure Seal (1993), Generosa (1999), Oulart (2005) and Kadoun (2006).

BETTING
There have been two 50/1 winners in recent years, with Creon in 2004 and Kadoun in 2006 scoring for the bookies. Forgive N’Forget (1983) and Unsinkable Boxer (1998) both prevailed at odds of 5/2.

DID YOU KNOW?
The Pertemps Final (Handicap Hurdle) is the final of the Pertemps series. The scheduled qualifiers for the 2012/13 season were - Cheltenham (October 19), Aintree (October 28), Auteuil (November 4), Kempton Park (November 5), Exeter (November 14), Newbury (November 30), Sandown Park (December 8), Cagnes sur Mer (December 17), Wincanton (December 26), Leopardstown (December 29), Cagnes sur Mer (January 6), Warwick (January 12), Pau (January 13), Huntingdon (January 25), Pau (February 3), Punchestown (February 3), Carlisle (February 6) and Haydock Park (February 16).

Forgive ’N’ Forget is the only totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup winner to have won the Pertemps Final, beating 22 rivals in 1983 and going on to take the Gold Cup two years later.

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