A guide to the bookmakers offering additional each way places at sport's biggest events.
The Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle is always a hugely anticipated race on St Patrick's Day, Thursday 16th November 2017, at the Cheltenham Festival. This handicap hurdle is run over 3 miles and is always highly competitive as all entries have to qualify throughout the season. Horses not quite good enough for the Stayers' Hurdle championship race later in the day often take their place in this and, from a betting perspective, it tends to be a graveyard for favourites. With big fields of up to 24 runners in recent years, online bookmakers are always happy to give punters real value in this race, especially as it's one of the handicap highlights of the Cheltenham Festival, so expect 5 places or potentially even 6 places each way on the Pertemps Final. Of course, offering 5 places each way or sometimes even 6 places each way is an excellent way to offer maximum profit opportunity for punters and is a promotion which will drive 2017 Cheltenham Festival new customer registrations for switched-on bookmakers.
The Pertemps Final is served by eight qualifier races which take place during the season. That in itself guarantees both a competitive race and plenty of direct form-lines. Jonjo O'Neill is the leading trainer in the Pertemps with 4 wins including the much-loved Holywell who captured this title in 2013 and then went on to win the Festival Trophy Handicap Chase in 2014 and place in the 2015 Gold Cup. It's clear then that the Pertemps Final is a stamina test but it's also the usual helter-skelter handicap hurdle where any number of horses can win. Only the famous Fingal Bay in 2014 has won this with anything approaching top-weight on its back - he went off as the 9/2F but is the exception to the rule.
With anything up to 24 runners across recent renewals, online bookmakers pay out the standard 4 places each way at 1/4 odds for this handicap hurdle. However with the Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle being one of the biggest races at the Cheltenham Festival for each-way betting, a growing number of bookmakers over recent seasons have promoted an additional place or two, with 5 or even 6 places possible for the 2017 running. Remember online bookmakers have a new customer war chest for the Cheltenham Festival, so offering additional each way places attracts new customers who spot the value to be had. Naturally 6 places covers circa 25% of the field - a situation which can only drive the chances of profit.
We track the value dished out by online bookmakers across the major National Hunt races. Extended each way terms gives punters a huge boost in terms of profit potential and is the perfect promotion for those who love to back big priced long shots. With some High Street bookmakers still categorically giving their customers the standard each way terms, savvy online punters have been using online bookmakers who have been offering far better value to their customers now for years. The 2016 renewal of the Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle saw 24 starters go to post and some extended each way place offers were available.
2017 Each Way Terms Offered:
2016 Each Way Terms Offered:
Here's a breakdown of the horses and their prices that have been paid out on over and above the standard 4 places each way in the Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle from 2016 onwards:
Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle Recent Results