Cheltenham: Pertemps Final betting preview

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RACING anorak Graeme Johnston (@GraemeJ_83) analyses the field for the second race of Day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival, the Pertemps Final.

Pertemps Final | Thursday 14th March 2019, 14:10 | ITV1

The Pertemps Final is a handicap over three miles and arguably the most competitive race of the meeting. Twenty-four go to post and I have one I've backed each-way for this.

First Assignment (12/1 Bet365) is a horse I've liked for a while and in his eight-race career he has never been out of the first four places. He won two handicaps in fine style earlier in the campaign before two third-places when a short-priced favourite.

However, he was behind Stayers Hurdle favourite Paisley Park in one of those and with the ground drying, and big field ideal, he strikes me as an each-way bet here.

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Pertemps Final – First Assignment each-way (12/1 Bet365)

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I grew up watching Hearts games with my dad and playing football at every opportunity so betting on it was the logical next step! Football coupons became a Saturday ritual and it introduced me into the world of horse racing. I started watching it on a regular basis, and after Galileo's Derby win in 2001 I was hooked. I follow both flat and national hunt racing attending the northern meetings when possible.

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