Coral Cup

Date Time Class Distance
Wed 16th March 2022 14:50 Grade 3 2m 5f


Pos Dist Horse Jockey Trainer Age Wgt
1st Commander Of Fleet Shane Fitzgerald G Elliott
2nd shd Fastorslow D J O'Keeffe M Brassil
3rd 5.5 Ashdale Bob J B Foley Mrs J Harrington
4th 4.75 Camprond Aidan Coleman P J Hobbs
5th 10 Maze Runner S F O'Keeffe W P Mullins
6th nk Christopher Wood Harry Bannister Miss V Williams
7th 1.5 Gowel Road Sam Twiston-Davies N A Twiston-Davies
8th 3.25 Indigo Breeze J C Gainford G Elliott
9th 4.5 Champagne Gold Rachael Blackmore H de Bromhead
10th nse Dans Le Vent Isabel Williams Evan Williams
11th 7 Ganapathi B J Cooper W P Mullins
12th 20 Daly Tiger E Walsh N Meade
13th 1.25 Top Moon R P McLernon B M R Haslam
14th 0.75 Drop The Anchor S D Torrens P A Fahy
15th 12 Tronador Sam Ewing G Elliott
- - Grand Roi D N Russell G Elliott    
- - Garry Clermont Jonjo O'Neill Jr. Jonjo O'Neill    
- - Mcfabulous Unknown Unknown    
- - The Bosses Oscar Mr R James G Elliott    
- - Unexpected Party Harry Skelton D Skelton    
- - Hang In There Unknown Unknown    
- - Mars Harper J W Kennedy G Elliott    
- - The Shunter M P Walsh Emmet Mullins    
- - Call Me Lord D A Jacob N J Henderson    
- - Fair Frontieres Unknown Unknown    
- - Saint Felicien R M Power G Elliott    
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About the Coral Cup

The Coral Cup is the first handicap hurdles race on the Cheltenham Festival card. The race is run over a distance of 2 miles 5 furlongs and is open to 4-year-old and above hurdlers. 10 hurdles are cleared on the way to the finishing post.

The Coral Cup pulls in reasonably strong handicap fields, befitting its status as a Grade 3 race. However, with stronger horses aimed at higher grade races, it’s primary interest is to more seasoned punters looking to score off a handicap winner.

Betting on the Coral Cup

The Coral Cup is not quite a cavalry charge. Like many Cheltenham races you’re not going to get anything resembling real value on the favourite, but the winner does tend to emerge from the band of horses priced just above the top 1-3 in the betting.

A shortcut for Coral Cup betting is therefore to look at entries priced under the 20/1 mark, and then match these to the distance, group conditions and their personal handicap benchmarks to find a likely candidate. As with other handicaps, don’t focus on form. Look at how the horse has performed over similar distances and how a drop or increase in weight from those runs is likely to influence their performance at Cheltenham.

Coral Cup Past Winners

Year Winner Age Weight Jockey Trainer
2021 Heaven Help Us 7 10-9 Richard Condon Paul Hennessy
2020 Dame De Compagnie 7 10-12 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2019 William Henry 9 11-10 Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson
2018 Bleu Berry 7 11-02 Mark Walsh Willie Mullins
2017 Supasundae 7 11-04 Robbie Power Jessica Harrington

More past winners

Year Winner Age Weight Jockey Trainer
2016 Diamond King 8 11-03 Davy Russell Gordon Elliott
2015 Aux Ptits Soins 5 10-07 Sam Twiston-Davies Paul Nicholls
2014 Whisper 6 11-06 Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson
2013 Medinas 6 11-10 Wayne Hutchinson Alan King
2012 Son of Flicka 8 10-06 Jason Maguire Donald McCain
2011 Carlito Brigante 5 10-12 Davy Russell Gordon Elliott
2010 Spirit River 5 11-02 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2009 Ninetieth Minute 6 10-03 Paddy Flood Tom Taaffe
2008 Naiad du Misselot 7 10-13 Davy Russell Ferdy Murphy
2007 Burntoakboy 9 09-12 Sam Jones Richard Newland
2006 Sky's the Limit 5 11-12 Barry Geraghty Edward O'Grady
2005 Idole First 6 10-10 Alan O'Keeffe Venetia Williams
2004 Monkerhostin 7 10-08 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
2003 Xenophon 7 11-00 Mick Fitzgerald Tony Martin
2002 Ilnamar 6 10-05 Rodi Greene Martin Pipe
2001 no race     due to foot-and-mouth crisis  
2000 What's Up Boys 6 10-03 Paul Flynn[a] Philip Hobbs
1999 Khayrawani 7 11-03 Fran Berry Christy Roche
1998 Top Cees 8 10-00 Barry Fenton Lynda Ramsden
1997 Big Strand 8 10-00 Jamie Evans Martin Pipe
1996 Trainglot 9 10-03 Mark Dwyer Jimmy FitzGerald
1995 Chance Coffey 10 10-00 Gerry O'Neill Pat O'Donnell
1994 Time for a Run 7 11-08 Charlie Swan Edward O'Grady
1993 Olympian 6 10-00 Peter Scudamore Martin Pipe


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