Coral Cup

The Coral Cup is one of the most competitive handicap hurdles of the season and takes place at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

The Coral Cup takes place on Wednesday 15th March 2023 which is the second day of the 2023 Cheltenham Festival.

It is run over a distance of two miles and five furlongs with ten flights of hurdles to jump. The race was first run in 1993 and no horse has managed to win the race twice.

The race often features some significant gambles but the record of favourites is poor. Notable high-class Coral Cup winners include Time For A Run (1994), Trainglot (1996), Top Cees (1998), Whisper (2014) and Supersundae (2017).

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The Coral Cup

Race Overview – Coral Cup

On Wednesday, March 15th, the second day of the Cheltenham Festival, the Coral Cup is held on the Old Course at Cheltenham.

Horses must be four years old or older to compete in this Grade 3 National Hunt hurdle race.

The race is approximately 2 miles and 5 furlongs long, with ten hurdles to be jumped along the way.

The Coral Cup Odds 2023

The Coral Cup 2023 odds are listed below:

Coral Cup - NRNB - BOG
  • Date: Wednesday 15th of March 2023
  • Time: 14:50
  • Details: 11 Runners Non Runner No Bet. Enhanced Place Terms.
Camprond
11/2
Hms Seahorse
7/1
Haut En Couleurs
9/1
Captain Conby
11/1
Beacon Edge
12/1
Irish Hill
14/1
An Epic Song
16/1
Sa Fureur
20/1
Will Carver
25/1
Fifty Ball
33/1
Innatendue
40/1

Coral Cup Tips

The Coral Cup tips are below:

  • 2 points to win for HMS SEAHORSE
  • 1 point each way for CAMPROND

Many Coral Cup horses will race in more races throughout the years. Stay updated on the horses and place ante-post bets if you want to wager on them.

Check out our Cheltenham Racecourse horse racing betting tips page if you are looking for more racing tips for events at Cheltenham.

Famous Coral Cup Winners

The inaugural Coral Cup helped to establish the race with victory going to Martin Pipe’s Olympian, scooping a £50,000 bonus for following up his win in the Imperial Cup at Sandown.

The following year Charlie Swan rode a classic waiting race on Time For A Run, a well-backed winner from the Edward O’Grady stable.

Trainglot was a Cesarewitch Handicap winner on the flat and he was another popular winner of the Coral Cup for Jimmy Fitzgerald in 1996.

Top Cees won the Chester Cup in 1995 and 1997 on the flat for Lynda Ramsden and he also showed his versatility when winning here off a lightweight in 1998.

2000 Coral Cup winner What’s Up Boys nearly won the Aintree Grand National later in his career for Philip Hobbs. He was driven three lengths clear by Richard Johnson on the run-in but was caught close home by Bindaree. It was the closest that champion jockey ever came to winning the great race.

Hobbs also won this with another subsequent chaser in Monkerhostin (2004). His biggest success came as an eleven-year-old when winning the Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown in 2008.

Nicky Henderson has enjoyed plenty of success in this race and his most notable winner was Whisper (2014). He followed up in the Grade 1 Liverpool Hurdle and was also smart over fences, finishing second to Might Bite in the RSA Chase and to Total Recall in the Ladbrokes Trophy.

Supersundae was another top-quality winner of the Coral Cup in 2017. He went on to win the Irish Champion Hurdle and the Punchestown Champion Hurdle in 2018. Jessica Harrington’s gelding also had the stamina to finish second in a Cheltenham Stayers’ Hurdle.

The Coral Cup Previous Winners

Year Winner Age Weight Jockey Trainer
1993Olympian610-00Peter ScudamoreMartin Pipe
1994Time for a Run711-08Charlie SwanEdward O'Grady
1995Chance Coffey1010-00Gerry O'NeillPat O'Donnell
1996Trainglot910-03Mark DwyerJimmy FitzGerald
1997Big Strand810-00Jamie EvansMartin Pipe
1998Top Cees810-00Barry FentonLynda Ramsden
1999Khayrawani711-03Fran BerryChristy Roche
2000What's Up Boys610-03Paul Flynn[a]Philip Hobbs
2001no race 2001 [b]
2002Ilnamar610-05Rodi GreeneMartin Pipe
2003Xenophon711-00Mick FitzgeraldTony Martin
2004Monkerhostin710-08Richard JohnsonPhilip Hobbs
2005Idole First610–10Alan O'KeeffeVenetia Williams
2006Sky's the Limit511–12Barry GeraghtyEdward O'Grady
2007Burntoakboy909-12Sam JonesRichard Newland
2008Naiad du Misselot710–13Davy RussellFerdy Murphy
2009Ninetieth Minute610-03Paddy FloodTom Taaffe
2010Spirit River511-02Barry GeraghtyNicky Henderson
2011Carlito Brigante510–12Davy RussellGordon Elliott
2012Son of Flicka810-06Jason MaguireDonald McCain
2013Medinas611–10Wayne HutchinsonAlan King
2014Whisper611-06Nico de BoinvilleNicky Henderson
2015Aux Ptits Soins510-07Sam Twiston-DaviesPaul Nicholls
2016Diamond King811-03Davy RussellGordon Elliott
2017Supasundae711-04Robbie PowerJessica Harrington
2018Bleu Berry711-02Mark WalshWillie Mullins
2019William Henry911-10Nico de BoinvilleNicky Henderson
2020Dame De Compagnie710-12Barry GeraghtyNicky Henderson
2021Heaven Help Us710-02Richard CondonPaul Hennessy
2022Commander Of Fleet711–10Shane FitzgeraldGordon Elliott
2023Langer Dan611–00Harry SkeltonDan Skelton

Coral Cup Previous Result

Key Coral Cup Trials

Coral Cup winners come from a wide range of handicaps in Britain and Ireland.

The most informative trials have been at Leopardstown and Cheltenham. Five of the last twelve winners had a previous win at Cheltenham to their credit.

Heaven Help Us won the Paddy Mullins Mares Handicap Hurdle at Leopardstown prior to winning here in 2021.

Interestingly, that race also produced the winners of the Mares’ Novices Hurdle (Telmesomethinggirl) and Pertemps Final (Mrs Milner).

Coral Cup Betting Trends

What are the betting trends for the coral cup

  • The average winning SP in the Coral Cup over the past twelve seasons has been 18-1. That tells you all you need to know about how difficult it is to pinpoint the winner.
  • There has only been one successful favourite during that time, Nicky Henderson’s Dame De Compagnie (5-1) in 2020. The only other winner in single figures was 9-1 second favourite Aux Ptits Soins for Paul Nicholls in 2015.
  • There have been two 33-1 winners; Medinas in 2013 and Heaven Help Us in 2021. William Henry (2019) was only five points shorter at 28-1 having been pulled up in his last race before having wind surgery.
  • Horses aged five to seven have the best recent record in the race, although William Henry won as a nine-year-old. Son Of Flicka (2012) and Diamond King (2016) were both successful in the Coral Cup at the age of eight.
  • Previous winning form in excess of two miles is a definite plus with seven of the last twelve winners having won at or beyond 19 furlongs.
  • All twelve winners had at least two previous victories over hurdles and all but two had raced at least six times. The hurly-burly of the Coral Cup does not suit inexperienced horses.
  • An official rating of 138 or higher is usually required to win this race. Heaven Help Us was right on that mark in 2021 while the highest-rated recent winner was Whisper (2014) rated 153. William Henry was rated 151, Diamond King 149 and Medinas 148.

Coral Cup – Top Trainers and Jockeys

Nicky Henderson is the leading trainer in the history of the Coral Cup with four winners; Spirit River (2010), Whisper (2014), William Henry (2019) and Dame De Compagnie (2020).

Although Ireland has been increasingly successful in this race, their victories have been shared among a large number of trainers.

Only Edward O’Grady and Gordon Elliott have recorded two victories. O’Grady struck with Time For A Run in 1994 and Sky’s The Limit in 2006. Elliott’s two victories to date were Carlito Brigante (2011) and Diamond King (2016).

Two jockeys have won the Coral Cup on three occasions. Barry Geraghty rode three winners for Nicky Henderson; Spirit River (2010), Whisper (2014) and William Henry (2019).

Davy Russell was successful on Naiad de Misselot (2008), Carlito Brigante (2011) and Diamond King (2016).

Betting on the Coral Cup

The Coral Cup is one of the biggest betting races at the Cheltenham Festival, despite the poor record of favourites.

It regularly features ante-post gambles and bookmakers offer enhanced place terms, sometimes down to seventh place for each-way bets.

Bookmakers have started offering “non-runner – no bet” on the Coral Cup towards the end of January. This is weeks before the weights are even announced so it makes sense to bet NRNB on this notoriously tricky contest.

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Popular Questions

What time is the Coral Cup Cheltenham?

The Coral Cup takes place at 14:30.

How far is the Coral Cup?

The Coral Cup has a distance of 2 miles and 5 furlongs.

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Coral Cup Facts

  • The Coral Cup is a National Hunt hurdle race in Great Britain which is open to horses aged four years or older.
  • It is run on the Old Course at Cheltenham over a distance of 2 miles and 5 furlongs (4,225 metres), and during it’s running there are ten hurdles to be jumped.
  • Often the winner of the Imperial Cup tries to run in the Coral Cup for a bonus.
  • The winner regularly returns at decent odds as the race is so competitive.

Summary of The Coral Cup

The Coral Cup is one of the most fiercely contested National Hunt races of the season.

Often run at a frantic pace, slick jumping, a good handicap and a degree of luck is needed. Normally approaching the last flight there are still half a dozen in with a fighting chance.

We always look forward to the Coral Cup, with such a large field it’s one of the great racing spectacles.

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