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Coral Cup tipsWhen is the Coral Cup 2021?

Cheltenham Wednesday 17th 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 – 11l of the last 12 winners were aged between 5 and 8.
  • Sex – 11 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 Carried10 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 – 10 of the last 12 winners were without any headgear
  • Days Since Last Run – 10 of the last 12 winners had run between 32 and 77 days ago. 
  • Last Run Form –5 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?

Keith is currently working through the Cheltenham hopefuls and will update this section as soon as he has made his shortlist of contenders

What’s Keith’s Coral Cup Tips for 2021?

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What was Keith’s Coral Cup Tip for 2020?

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)
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)TrainerOdds
Good To Soft25716/1
Good To Soft28633/1
Good To Soft27614/1
Good To Soft2477/1
Good To Soft28910/1
Good To Soft27625/1
Good To Soft30716/1
Good To Firm28816/1


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Cheltenham Festival Wednesday

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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