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Pertemps Network renews sponsorship of longstanding handicap hurdle series which culminates at The Festival

Press Release 7th March 2019 Cheltenham

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - Cheltenham Racecourse is delighted to announce today that Pertemps Network is to renew sponsorship of the Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle series for another three years.

The Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle takes place as the second race on St Patrick's Thursday (March 14 in 2019) at The Festival™ presented by Magners and is the culmination each season of the 22-race series which is sponsored in its entirety by Pertemps Network.

Pertemps Network, the UK's largest privately-owned recruitment agency, is one of the longest-standing sponsors at Cheltenham and The Festival, having first provided backing in 2002.

Today's announcement means that Pertemps Network, which has over 200 branches and offices throughout the UK, has generously agreed to extend sponsorship up until at least 2022, which would mark 21 years of continuous support. 

Tim Watts, Lifetime President of Pertemps Network Group, said: "As the Cheltenham Festival has established itself as the premier fixture in the racing calendar, so too has Pertemps grown to become the UK's number one recruitment provider; our partnership is therefore a match made in heaven.

"Our long history with The Festival has been a source of great pride for everyone associated with our business and it's a relationship with plenty of life left in the legs! It gives me enormous pleasure to confirm our sponsorship will continue for a good few more years.

"Since 2002, we have been fortunate to be a part of some of the greatest ever hurdle races and everyone at Pertemps looks forward to more history being made."

In order to qualify for the Final at The Festival, horses must have finished in the first six of any of the 21 qualifiers which take place across the UK (15), as well as in Ireland (2) and France (4). All 11 Jockey Club Racecourses which host Jump racing stage a qualifier.

Presenting Percy, a leading contender for this year's feature G1 Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup, won the G3 Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle in 2017.

Ian Renton, Regional Director, Cheltenham & The South West, The Jockey Club, said today: "We are thrilled that Pertemps Network has agreed to extend support for the Final and the qualifiers for another three years.

"Pertemps Network is one of Jump racing's longest-standing backers and we are very pleased the sponsorship works so well.

"The Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle is always one of the most competitive races over the four days of The Festival and we are very much looking forward to seeing another exciting renewal a week today."

Cheltenham Racecourse

Cheltenham Racecourse is situated in Prestbury on the northern outskirts of the historic spa town of Cheltenham. The Home of Jump Racing, Cheltenham Racecourse is the venue for the world's pre-eminent Jump meeting. The Festival™ presented by Magners, which happens in March over four days every year, next takes place from Tuesday, March 12, to Friday, March 15, 2019 inclusive and tickets are on sale. Set against the beautiful backdrop of the Cotswolds, Cheltenham Racecourse is a stunning natural arena and offers the highest-quality action throughout the Jump season.

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About The Jockey Club

Cheltenham is part of The Jockey Club which stages thrilling sporting occasions including The Randox Health Grand National, The Festival™ presented by Magners and The Investec Derby. Millions of people every year enjoy the special experiences The Jockey Club offers through racing, music, food and entertainment. Governed by Royal Charter, every penny made goes back into British Racing to help the sport thrive. The Jockey Club was founded in 1750 and today is the largest commercial group in Britain's second-biggest spectator sport, operating 15 racecourses nationwide, The National Stud, Jockey Club Estates, Jockey Club Catering, Jockey Club Live and the charity, Racing Welfare. For more information, visit

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