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Cheltenham Wednesday 16th March 2.50pm

Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle  (Grade 3) (4yo+)

Distance: 2 Miles 5 Furlongs

Weights: Handicap

Race three on day two is the Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle. It is a grade three hurdle race, run on the old course over a distance of about 2 miles and 5 furlongs.

There are ten hurdles to be jumped.

It is open to horses aged four years old and over, and winners have come from all areas of the handicap.  No trainer has dominated the race in recent years, and this race is often a chance to bag a big priced winner.

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Coral Cup Records

Fastest Win: WHATS UP BOYS 2011 ridden by Paul Flynn trained by Philip Hobbs finished in 294s – 4 minutes 54 seconds

Leading jockey (3 wins):

Davy Russell – Naiad de Misselot (2008), Carlito Brigante (2011), Diamond King (2016)
Barry Geraghty – Sky's The Limit (2006), Spirit River (2010), Dame De Compagnie (2020)

Leading trainer (4 wins):

Nicky Henderson – Spirit River (2010), Whisper (2014), William Henry (2019), Dame De Compagnie (2020)

Source: Wikipedia

Coral Cup Trends and Statistics

12 Year Trends and Statistics 

  • Age – 11 of the last 12 winners were aged between 5 and 8.
  • Sex – 10 of the last 12 winners were geldings.
  • Trainer – Nicky Henderson and Gordon Elliott are the only trainers to saddle more than 1 winner in the last 12 years with 4 and 2 wins respectively.
  • Country – 6 of the last 12 winners were bred in France, 4 in Ireland and 2 in Great Britain.
  • Colour – 10 of the last 12 winners were bay.
  • Weight Carried – 9 of the last of the last 12 winners carried between 10st 6lb and 11st 6lbs.
  • Starting Price (SP) 11 of the last 12 winners returned a SP of between 9/1 and 33/1
  • Starting Price Rank – Just 1 of the last 12 winners started as favourite only 3 were in the first 5 in the betting.
  • Headgear – 9 of the last 12 winners were without any headgear.
  • Days Since Last Run – 11 of the last 12 winners had run between 31 and 90 days ago. 
  • Last Run Form – 4 of the last 12 winners had won last time out and 8 finished in the first 4.
  • Official Rating – 10 of the last 12 winners had an OR between 140 and 153.

Who are the Coral Cup Leading Contenders?

GOOD RISK AT ALL can give Sam Thomas a first Cheltenham Festival winner as a trainer.

A dual-bumper winner which includes a Listed success at this venue he’s since posted a trio of runner-up efforts over hurdles including against the smart Jonbon and he was a shade unlucky not to open his account at Warwick in January where he still looked inexperienced.

He was only beaten a neck there on what was his handicap debut and his first try at the longer trip; but he tanked through a competitive contest at Ascot latest to run out an easy winner with a nine lengths’ defeat of Christopher Wood and he could still be well handicapped despite likely being clobbered for that victory by the assessor.

Connections might eye up an alternative assignment at the Festival with a crack at the Ballymore as opposed to going the handicap route; but if he is kept to handicaps for now then he could post a big performance should he tackle this prize and he remains one to keep onside for now.


What’s Our Coral Cup Tips?

Here's what Keith told our members:

BIRCHDALE 14:30 Cheltenham 14/1 each way – Finished eighth in this race last year off 2lb higher and is expected to be a lot closer today.

How did he do?

BIRCHDALE – was held up towards rear, headway on inside when not clear run and switched right before the last, slightly hampered after the last, kept on towards finish but only managed 6th place.

For the 2019 Cheltenham Festival magazine, Free Racing Tips Tipster Keith advised: 


As we go to print in late February,  it is extremely difficult to form an  opinion about this race, as we  have very little idea about what  will be running, but the leading  contenders based on the ante post market formed by the  bookmakers are KING ROLAND,  PROTECTORAT, BIRCHDALE,  NOT MANY LEFT, and JANIDIL. 

JANIDIL ticks lots of boxes at 14/1 

The one that stands out for me is  the Willie Mullins trained gelding  JANIDIL, who has three wins from  four since joining the yard from  France. This seven year old, who  runs in the familiar green and  yellow stripes of JP McManus,  ticks loads of boxes in the trends  and statistics. A slight concern  is that, at time of writing he has  not competed at this trip, but he  shapes up like he will stay.

On the day Keith tipped PROTEKTORAT to win

Result: The Coral Cup saw PROTEKTORAT with every chance approaching the last but he weakened away tamely before the last.

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Coral Cup Results

Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (GBB Race)
Distance: 2m5f (4620 yards) Prize (winner): £42202 Dir: Left Handed
Runners: 26    Going: Good To Soft    Class: Class 1 Grade 3    Age Restrictions: 4yo+
Winners Time: 5 mins 8.59s   Avg OR: 140     Median OR: 139

NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeWeightORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
151stHeaven Help Us (IRE)710-2138Hennessy, PaulCondon, R J (7)33/1
made all, came clear from 2 out, 8 lengths ahead last, kept on strongly, unchallenged
122nd9Craigneiche (IRE)710-10139Henderson, N JCannon, Tom J17/2
mid-division, headway approaching 2 out, left in well held 2nd and slightly hampered by faller after the last, no chance with easy winner
103rd2.25Tea Clipper (IRE)610-12141Lacey, TBurke, Jonathan33/1
chased leaders, keeping on same pace in 3rd when hampered by faller after the last, never any chance with winner
74thNKSayo711-0143Mullins, W PCooper, Bryan J28/1
held up towards rear, steady headway before the last, kept on well run-in, almost snatched well held 3rd
45thSHJanika (FR)811-2145Henderson, N JBowen, James C33/1
chased leaders, ridden before the last, plugged on run-in
66th1Birchdale (IRE)711-1144Henderson, N JBoinville, Nico12/1
held up towards rear, headway on inside when not clear run and switched right before the last, slightly hampered after the last, kept on towards finish
237thNKGuard Your Dreams510-6135Twiston-Davies, N ATwiston-Davies, Sam7/1
mid-division on inside, headway chasing leaders between last 2, weakened run-in
258th0.5Dans Le Vent (FR)89-12132Williams, EvanWilliams, Isabel (5)28/1
held up towards rear, headway and plugged on run-in
199th0.5Palmers Hill (IRE)810-6135ONeill, JonjoONeill, Jonjo (Jr)33/1
mid-division, pushed along before 3 out,
1110thHDBurbank (IRE)910-6140Moffatt, JamesJones, Charlotte (5)125/1
mid-division out wide, pushed along and outpaced between last 2, weakened and lost places run-in
511th0.5Monte Cristo (FR)511-2145Henderson, N JJacob, Daryl14/1
slowly into stride, soon mid-division on inside, awkward 4th, headway chasing leaders 4 out, keeping on same pace pressing for places when badly hampered by faller after the last, weakened and no chance after
212th0.5Grand Roi (FR)511-6149Foster, Mrs DeniseKennedy, J W6/1 (Fav)
mid-division, weakened before 2 out
1413th1.25Garo De Juilley (FR)910-10139Leech, Mrs SGiles, Felix De66/1
mid-division, weakened 3 out
114thNKThomas Darby (IRE)811-12155Murphy, OllyColeman, A14/1
always towards rear, never on terms
815th2.25Saint Sonnet (FR)611-0143Nicholls, P FCobden, Harry33/1
always towards rear, never on terms
316th0.5Koshari (FR)911-3146Mullins, W PTownend, P12/1
held up towards rear, some headway on inside when badly hampered by faller after the last, eased
2417th6Nelson River610-4133Carroll, A WBannister, Harry A A80/1
always towards rear
2018th0.75Shakem Uparry (IRE)710-6135Pauling, BenBass, David28/1
raced keenly chasing leaders, hit 2 out, weakened soon after
2219th2.5Shang Tang (IRE)710-6135Lavelle, Miss E CBellamy, Tom50/1
steadied rear, never a factor, tailed off
1720th1.25Dysart Diamond (IRE)610-8137Mullins, W PMullins, D E28/1
held up and always towards rear
2621st6Witness Protection (IRE)810-1130Keighley, MBest, J A33/1
chased leaders, went 2nd 3rd, hit 6th lost 2nd between last 2, weakened quickly before the last
1322nd1.5Boreham Bill (IRE)910-7139Lavelle, Miss E CJones, Ben R (3)50/1
always towards rear, never a factor, tailed off
1823rd18Sneaky Getaway (IRE)810-8137Mullins, EmmetHayes, Brian20/1
chased leaders, weakened tailed off
16FBlue Sari (FR)610-9138Mullins, W PWalsh, M P14/1
held up towards rear, headway chasing leaders before 3 out, went 2nd between last 2, 8 lengths down and no impression when slithered on landing and fell last
9PUBotox Has (FR)510-13142Moore, G LMoore, Joshua17/2
chased winner until 3rd, chased leaders, weakened before 3 out, tailing off when pulled up before next
21PUOur Power (IRE)610-6135Twiston-Davies, N ASheehan, Gavin40/1
towards rear, tailed off 3 out, pulled up before next

Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)
Distance: 2m5f (4620 yards) Prize (winner): £56270 Direction: Left Handed
Runners: 25    Going: Soft    Class: Class 1 Grade 3    Age Restrictions: 4yo+
Winners Time: 5 mins 25.40s   Avg OR: 144     Median OR: 144   

NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
211stDame De Compagnie (FR)7140Henderson, N JGeraghty, B J5/1 (Fav)7.502.90
held up in touch, tracked leaders 3 out, shaken up to challenge approaching last, ridden to lead flat, stayed on well, asserted near finish BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 8
152nd2.25Black Tears6144Elliott, GordonRussell, D N12/116.633.90
tracked leaders, challenged turning in, led narrowly approaching last, ridden and headed flat, kept on, no extra near finish BF IP MIN 2.2 BF IP MAX 1000
233rd2.5Thosedaysaregone (IRE)7139Byrnes, CBrouder, Mr K J (3)10/113.004.01
in touch, driven to chase leaders after 2 out, not clear run and switched inside before last, soon every chance, ridden and hung left flat, no impression with front pair towards finish BF IP MIN 3.2 BF IP MAX 1000
24th1.25Cracking Smart (FR)8153Elliott, GordonBrouder, Gavin (7)33/141.667.56
slowly away, in rear, pushed along after 4 out, headway under pressure 2 out, ridden to chase leaders before last, stayed on into narrow 4th flat, no impression BF IP MIN 44 BF IP MAX 1000
225thNSEHonest Vic (IRE)7140Daly, H DJohnson, Richard33/146.938.20
tracked front pair, close 2nd 3 out, driven and every chance turning in, ridden and lost place before last, kept on same pace under pressure flat BF IP MIN 11 BF IP MAX 1000
46th1.25Bachasson (FR)9148Mullins, W PMullins, Mr P W33/156.149.66
held up behind, headway after 2 out, ridden to chase leaders before last, kept on same pace, no impression BF IP MIN 46 BF IP MAX 1000
197thNKAlfa Mix5142Cromwell, Gavin PatrickMoore, J M14/119.394.14
disputed lead, definate leader 3 out, driven turning in, soon ridden and hard pressed, headed narrowly approaching last, no extra flat BF IP MIN 6.4 BF IP MAX 1000
88th2.25Birchdale (IRE)6146Henderson, N JColeman, A14/118.005.25
towards rear, headway after 2 out, ridden before last, kept on flat, never reached leaders BF IP MIN 10.5 BF IP MAX 1000
109th0.75Coko Beach (FR)5145Elliott, GordonDempsey, Luke40/176.9711.00
mid-division, driven when hampered 2 out, ridden and one pace before last, never threatened leaders BF IP MIN 55 BF IP MAX 1000
1310th1.5Protektorat (FR)5144Skelton, DanielSkelton, Harry12/118.694.10
mid-division, headway on outside 2 out, driven to chase leaders turning in, ridden before last, soon beaten BF IP MIN 8 BF IP MAX 430
311th0.5Eglantine Du Seuil (FR)6149Mullins, W PBlackmore, Rachael16/129.815.59
mid-division on inside, pushed along before 2 out, ridden between last 2, kept on same pace, never a threat BF IP MIN 17 BF IP MAX 1000
2412thSHGolan Fortune (IRE)8139Middleton,P WLee, Mr S (7)66/1161.1824.27
towards rear, driven and stayed on into mid-division after 2 out, kept on same pace, never a threat BF IP MIN 150 BF IP MAX 1000
2513th2.25Burrows Edge (FR)7138Henderson, N JBoinville, Nico14/117.004.47
tracked leaders, close up when blundered 2 out, driven and one pace between last 2, lost place and held when hampered last, weakened flat BF IP MIN 14 BF IP MAX 1000
2614th0.5Fagan10138Hales, A MWoods, K K66/1365.6343.80
towards rear, outpaced 2 out, never a threat BF IP MIN 220 BF IP MAX 1000
1115th3.25Sayo6145Mullins, W PFogarty, M P33/144.008.60
held up towards rear on outside, outpaced when blundered 2 out, soon ridden, never involved BF IP MIN 13 BF IP MAX 1000
1716th8Traffic Fluide (FR)10142Moore, G LMoore, Joshua25/153.5310.63
in touch on inside, driven and lost place 3 out, behind from next BF IP MIN 32 BF IP MAX 1000
517th1Ballymoy (IRE)7148Twiston-Davies, N AJacob, Daryl50/190.0012.10
mid-division on outside, headway 4 out, ridden turning in, never reached leaders, weakened last BF IP MIN 50 BF IP MAX 1000
1618th1.5The Mighty Don (IRE)8143Gifford, N JDavies, James66/1308.3827.00
chased leaders, mistake 4th, driven and lost place 4 out, behind from next BF IP MIN 180 BF IP MAX 1000
119th0.75Kilfenora (IRE)8154Harty, Edward PTorrens, Simon (7)40/165.879.70
in touch on outside, lost place before 2 out, ridden and weakened before last BF IP MIN 48 BF IP MAX 1000
720thNKTop Moon (FR)5146OBrien, Joseph PatrickWalsh, M P20/143.457.00
disputed lead to 3 out, driven and lost place approaching next, weakened before last BF IP MIN 25 BF IP MAX 1000
9FCanardier (FR)8145Mullins, W PMullins, D E13/28.623.25
mid-division, driven to chase leaders when hampered 2 out, staying on same pace in 6th when fell last BF IP MIN 5 BF IP MAX 1000
6PUFranco De Port (FR)5148Mullins, W PTownend, P10/113.203.65
in touch on inside, lost place 3 out, behind from next, pulled up before last BF IP MIN 10 BF IP MAX 1000
12PUStratum7145Mullins, W PPower, R M14/128.446.20
towards rear on inside, struggling 3 out, weakened after next, pulled up before last BF IP MIN 18 BF IP MAX 1000
20PUChampagne Well (IRE)7141OBrien, FergalHughes, Brian8/112.003.66
in touch on outside, blundered and lost place 2 out, not recover and soon behind, weakened and pulled up before last BF IP MIN 11.5 BF IP MAX 1000
18URChesterfield (IRE)10142Mullins, J WMcGrath, Jeremiah100/1544.0537.82
held up towards rear, pushed along when blundered and unseated rider 2 out BF IP MIN 300 BF IP MAX 1000

Non Runners  Mister Blue Sky (IRE)

Coral Cup Previous Winners

DateGoingRunnersWinnerStallionAgeJockey (Clm)TrainerOddsWeightORDays
Good To Soft26733/110-213838d
Good To Soft25716/111-414824d
Good To Soft28633/111-1014839d
Good To Soft27614/110-314080d
Good To Soft2477/110-1313083d
Good To Soft28910/19-1212842d
Good To Soft27625/110-513746d
Good To Soft30716/111-3144117d
Good To Firm28816/110-012719d


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Race Schedule

13:30The Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Race2m abt 5fHurdle
14:10The Festival Novices’ Chase (RSA Chase) (Grade 1)3m abt ½ fChase
14:50The Coral Cup Hurdle (A Handicap Hurdle Race) (Grade 3)2m abt 5fHurdle
15:30The Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (Grade 1)
(feature race)
Abt 2mChase
16:10The Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase3m 6fChase
16:50The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup (Grade 3)2m abt ½fChase
17.30The Weatherbys Champion Bumper (A Standard Open NH Flat Race) (Grade 1)2m abt ½fBumper

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