Coral Cupby Darren Brett
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
|10/10||had an official rating of 148 or lower|
|9/10||had won between 2m 2f and 2m 6f over hurdles|
|9/10||had won a race earlier in the season|
|9/10||had not run for at least 32 days|
|8/10||were aged seven or younger|
|7/10||winners carried no more than 11st||7/10||had no more than four runs that season|
|7/10||had no more than nine runs over hurdles|
|7/10||finished 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
Coral Cup Last Ten Winners
Table below shows the last ten winners of the race.
|2013||Medinas||6-11-10||A King||W Hutchinson||33/1|
|2012||Son Of Flicka||8-10-6||D McCain||J Maguire||16/1|
|2011||Carlito Brigante||5-11-0||G Elliott||D Russell||16/1|
|2010||Spirit River||5-11-2||N Henderson||B Geraghty||9/1|
|2009||Ninetieth Minute||6-10-3||T Taaffe||P Flood||14/1|
|2008||Naiad Du Misselot||7-10-13||F Murphy||D Russell||7/1|
|2007||Burntoakboy||9-9-12||R Newland||S Jones||10/1|
|2006||Skys The Limit||5-11-12||E OGrady||B Geraghty||11/1|
|2005||Idole First||6-10-10||Miss V Williams||A OKeeffe||33/1|
|2004||Monkerhostin||7-10-8||P Hobbs||R Johnson||13/2|
Coral Cup Preview
Give close inspection to the Betfair
Hurdle at Newbury and the Boylesports.com 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
Watch out for our tip for the 2014 Coral
Cup nearer the race
Coral Cup Odds
Full list of runners and odds for the 2014 Coral