The Coral Cup is one of the toughest races to solve at the festival and throughout the year many handicap hurdle horses are going to prove themselves as contenders for the race. Due to the weights, we won’t know what will be running in this race up until nearer the time, so for now it is a case of watching out for horses that take your eye in the lead up to the race. It is an incredibly tough betting heat and even on the day, it takes a lot of skill and judgement to find the winner of this race.
The majority of horses who head into the Coral Cup do so being well handicapped and capable of winning most other regular handicaps. That is what makes this race so tough to solve, it is likely that most of the field will jump off the page at you, showing they are well handicapped. The race usually has a great mix of horses, from those who are very experienced and just short of being top class to the young up and coming horses who really could be anything. With that thrown in, it is easy to see why many people find the race an impossible puzzle to solve.
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The majority of the recent Coral Cup winners have been exceptionally talented horses, who have arrived at the race very well handicapped and have since gone on to bigger and better things. The winner from last season Supasundae is an ideal type for the race, he won the race off a handicap mark of 148 and after coming second in a Grade One race he is now rated 159, showing just how well handicapped he was.
He is just one example, in recent years we have seen Whisper win this race, who came second in the RSA Chase last season, as well as many others who have been seen in a better light after the race. Form isn’t necessarily the obvious thing to look out for in the race either, with many horses often held onto to give themselves the best chance in this race.
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As you would expect with a race of this nature, there is no trainer able to dominate the past meetings. Both Nicky Henderson and Gordon Elliott have won twice in the past ten years but aside from that, everyone has an equal chance of landing the race, depending on the horse they have and its handicap mark.
|2018||Bleu Berry||M P Walsh||W P Mullins|
|2015||Aux Ptit Soins||S.Twiston-Davies||P.Nicholls|
|2012||Son Of Flicka||J.Maguire||D.McCain|
|1||W P Mullinsn||2018|
|3||D.Russell||2008, 2011, 2016|
|1||M P Walsh||2018|
The Coral Cup Hurdle is an extremely tough race to win at the Cheltenham Festival and certainly one of the most competitive races at any time throughout the jumps season. Many horses come into the race looking well handicapped and those horses all seem to have obvious chances of winning. It doesn’t take a well handicapped horse to win this race, it takes an extremely well handicapped horse to win it, as can be seen by looking at the past winners and their ratings at the time.
The race conditions set the race as a handicap hurdle over two miles and five furlongs, for horses that are four years or older. The race is a grade three race, despite only being a handicap making the prize money worth winning for those who enter.
|Location||Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham England|
|Race Type||Handicap hurdle|
|Distance||Two miles and five furlongs (2M 5F)|
|Age||Four year and older|