Coral Cup

A 2m 5f Handicap Hurdle where there is usually more than one big gamble on the day of the race. However, big price winners of this race are very common so why not try for an outsider!

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Coral Cup Trends

10/10had an official rating of 148 or lower
9/10had won between 2m 2f and 2m 6f over hurdles
9/10had won a race earlier in the season
9/10had not run for at least 32 days
8/10were aged seven or younger
7/10winners carried no more than 11st
7/10had no more than four runs that season
7/10had no more than nine runs over hurdles
7/10finished first or second last time out

Coral Cup Analysis

As with a lot of the Cheltenham Handicaps this race is rarely won by a horse carrying more than 11st and with seven Irish winners out of twenty renewals it's becoming clear that having a well fancied Irish raider in your selections is essential if you want to show a profit on this race.

Lightly raced horses tend to do well in the Coral Cup with most of the winners in the last decade having less than ten runs over hurdles.

The last stat highlighted above finished first or second last time out is especially worthy of note as not many of the field will tick this box.

Lastly, it may be best to avoid front-runners as they have a poor recent record in the Coral Cup.

Coral Cup Last Ten Winners

Table below shows the last ten winners of the race.
2013Medinas6-11-10A KingW Hutchinson33/1
2012Son Of Flicka8-10-6D McCainJ Maguire16/1
2011Carlito Brigante5-11-0G ElliottD Russell16/1
2010Spirit River5-11-2N HendersonB Geraghty9/1
2009Ninetieth Minute6-10-3T TaaffeP Flood14/1
2008Naiad Du Misselot7-10-13F MurphyD Russell7/1
2007Burntoakboy9-9-12R NewlandS Jones10/1
2006Skys The Limit5-11-12E OGradyB Geraghty11/1
2005Idole First6-10-10Miss V WilliamsA OKeeffe33/1
2004Monkerhostin7-10-8P HobbsR Johnson13/2

Coral Cup Preview

Give close inspection to the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury and the Hurdle at Leopardstown when studying the form as the equivalents of these two races have thrown up five recent winners.

Favourites do not have a good record in this race with just one outright and one joint favourite in nineteen runnings.

Philip Hobbs' runners are always of interest in the handicap hurdles and with two wins and seven other finishers in the top six from just twenty-two runners, his Coral Cup entries warrant the closest inspection. Hobbs' record may even have been better than this had Wishful Thinking not fell at the second last in 2010. He was racing there off a mark of 144 and subsequently marched up to 164 over fences so may have gone quite close!

Coral Cup Tips

Gordon Elliott appears to have kept BAYAN back for a crack at a Cheltenham Festival handicap as he hasn’t been seen over hurdles since running Samtegal to a neck at the October meeting.

BAYAN is much better off with that horse at today’s weights and his trainer knows what is required to win this race having won it three years ago with Carlito Brigante.
Elliott gave that horse a run at Cheltenham earlier in its winning season as he seems to do with the horses he intends aiming at the Festival and it could well be that a gamble has been lined up here with this horse. Already cut from 25/1 it could well be that this horse ends up as favourite for this race.

BAYAN has yet to run at this trip but he has ran at up to 1m 6f on the Flat so it appears that the extra distance here should bring about more improvement.

Second season hurdlers tend to do well in this race as do horses that are coming back to the course after a break and BAYAN ticks both those boxes.

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Coral Cup Odds

Full list of runners and odds for the 2014 Coral Cup.

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