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14:05 Cheltenham – Cantlow the next longshot to win the Pertemps

| 15.03.2012

Cantlow has been exceedingly disappointing in the last year but could find the perfect time to bounce back to his best at 33/1 to win the Pertemps Final.

Our Father is liable to go off favourite at 9/2 and this is understandable for a horse considered to have the talent to hold an entry into the Ladbrokes World Hurdle.

Meanwhile, he was a ready winner when confidently ridden to victory on his latest start, which was at Ascot in December.

However, the fact that he is favourite must be considered a negative, as the past eight winners were sent off at double-figure odds.

In fact, only three of the 30 runners to have been single-figure prices in this time have even managed to make the frame.

Buena Vista is returning for a fifth run in the Pertemps Final and is bidding for a third successive victory off just a 3lb higher mark than 12 months ago, while he is actually better off as he has a 10lb claimer on board.

He is 9/1 to triumph and it would be no surprise to see him in contention in the closing stages, despite his performances so far this season suggesting that age is catching up with him.

Cantlow is another that has failed to sparkle, but given that the horse finished second in a Grade One hurdle at Aintree towards the end of last season, it is hard to believe he is not talented.

The fact that seven of the last eight winners have carried 10st9lb or less to victory is a boost towards his chances, while he has previous winning form over 3m on good to soft ground.

Another at a big price who potentially should make a shortlist is Prince Erik at 12/1 as he has past form in the race after finishing second in 2010 and has now dropped to a similar mark to this day.

Meanwhile, connections have seemingly determined that a return to hurdles after a spell chasing is best for the horse.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.