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!

Coral Cup Trends

10/10had not run for at least 32 days
9/10had 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
8/10were aged seven or younger
8/10had no more than four runs that season
8/10had no more than nine runs over hurdles
7/10finished first or second last time out

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Coral Cup Analysis

The face of this race seems to be changing as the Coral Cup used to be a race for horse carrying low weights but with four of the last five winners carrying eleven stone or more or more perhaps we should be looking more closely at the classier participants?

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 in our table 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.
2014Whisper6-11-6N HendersonN De Boinville33/1
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

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 those two races have thrown up plenty of recent Coral Cup winners.

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

Philip Hobbs' runners are always of interest in the handicap hurdles and with two wins and seven other finishers in the top sIX 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 167 over fences so may have gone quite close!

Coral Cup Tips

OLBG tipster matowers fancies Tony Martin’s BLACKMAIL to come out on top in the Coral Cup:

“You should never underestimate A J Martin's horses in handicaps, yet that's exactly what the market have done with Blackmail. The only possible reason why is that the horse has only run once since August 2013, but considering how badly he'll have needed that run (2 months ago) it was full of promise to only be beaten 11 lengths by the winner.

Blackmail has given the likes of The Liquidator, Moyle Park and Ted Veale serious races over the past couple of seasons, which stands him in excellent stead against the calibre of his Coral Cup opponents.”

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