Coral Cup Betting Tips, Predictions, Preview & Free Bets (Cheltenham 2020 - DAY 2)

  • Written by Simon Bettarini
The Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle is a grade 3 handicap hurdle raced on the Old Course at Cheltenham, a race open to 5 year old and older hurdlers and run over 2 miles and 5 furlongs. Favourites do not have a good record in this race as only one favourite has prevailed in 17 years. In the 2019 renewal William Henry landed at a massive 28/1 for Nicky Henderson with Nico de Boinville on board. Check out here our Cheltenham 2020 Coral Cup race preview, with odds, tips, predictions, trends, free bets and betting promotions.

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Sandwiched between the more prestigious Coral Cup and the feature race of the second day of the Cheltenham Festival, the Queen Mother Champion Chase, the Coral Cup is one of the toughest races to solve at the Cheltenham Festival. It's a Grade 3 handicap hurdle covering two miles and five furlongs, for horses aged four years and upwards. Many horses come into the race looking well handicapped and those horses all seem to have obvious chances of winning.

Online bookmakers are paying out a quarter of the odds for a top four finish for each way bets, so with all the runners having double digit prices, we’d recommend going each way with your Coral Cup bets.

And now we'll take a closer look at this year's Coral Cup and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail.

DAME DE COMPAGNIE won a Listed race here on the new course in 2018 and looked to be a mare for the future, unfortunate she went missing for 18 months due to an injury. She was 5th to Harambe on her comeback run in November and then improved to win next time out by 4 ½ lengths off a mark of 132. Her form is rock solid entitling her to easily cope with the 10lb weight hike she has taken from the assessor.

Paul Townend rides the unexposed five-year-old FRANCO DE PORT. This horse has won his first 2 races over hurdles and got back on track when and excellent second to Stormy Ireland in a Grade 3 hurdle at Naas last time out.

ALFA MIX, a recent purchase for JP McManus, has made low-key start to hurdles career in September, but progress since has been rapid. He was beaten by Kilfenora when second of 12 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Navan over in January.

CANARDIER was a course and distance winner in 2018 and returned in March to run a cracker in the Coral Cup, being beaten little more than a couple of lengths off a mark of 141. He also went on to be placed in a similarly hot handicap at Aintree before signing off with another creditable run at Punchestown.

PROTEKTORAT is a progressive novice who has graded hurdle form at Cheltenham on his CV in recent weeks. Following a smart triumph in a Listed handicap, he travelled strongly under a confident ride behind the high class Harry Senior in the Ballymore Trial here in January.

BIRCHDALE was completely outclassed over three miles at the Festival last year when beaten by Minella Indo in the Albert Bartlett and was sent chasing at Ascot last November, when he finished 3rd of four to Angel’s Breath. A change of plan was immediately put into effect with connections targeting this race.

THOSEDAYSAREGONE finished 6th at Punchestown on his handicap debut in December but then went to Leopardstown last month and landed the 22-runner Ladbrokes Hurdle at the Dublin Festival.

STRATUM is winner of two of his nine starts over hurdles, including the Cesarewitch at Newmarket in October. Willie Mullins' charge must be taken seriously off a handicap mark of 145.

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EGLANTINE DU SEUIL won the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle on her first start for the stable 12 months ago. Results since then proved that victory was no fluke finishing 3rd to Honeysuckle in a Grade One at Fairyhouse, and runner up to Reserve Tank in a Grade One at Punchestown over two-and-a-half-miles. Last time out, he finished a couple of lengths short of Thosedaysaregone in the Ladbrokes Handicap Hurdle.

CHAMPAGNE WELL has twice finished second over 3m since winning over course and distance in October. He runs in only his second handicap and could be overpriced on ground that will suit.

BLACK TEARS has been playing second fiddle to Stormy Ireland this year finishing behind that mare at both Leopardstown and Punchestown.

BACHASSON came back after nearly a year off at Navan last month and ran a cracker to be third behind Cracking Smart over this trip. He’s rated a lot higher over fences so could be a well handicapped runner here.

KILFENORA is a winner of a competitive handicap hurdle at Sandown in January. He has been really progressive of late and travels as if there is even more to come. Owned by JP McManus he will need to defy a big weight to land this prize.

BURROWS EDGE is a last-time-out winner for Nicky Henderson who monstered his Lanzarote Hurdle field.

CRACKING SMART is an useful hurdler who seemed to have lost his way before landing the Boyne Hurdle with plenty to spare at Navan last time out, beating Penhill by 4 lenghts.

TOP MOON, HONEST VIC and TRAFFIC FLUID are other horses that deserve a mention.

The section below contains the most backed entries at the moment:

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  • The past 15 favourites have all been been beaten
  • 11 of the last 13 winners hailed form the top 7 in the betting
  • 6 of the last 12 winners won on their last run before Cheltenham
  • 11 of the last 14 winner were 2nd season hurdlers
  • All 10 of the last 10 winners had won over 2m2f or further
  • All bar 3 of the winners this century were aged between 5 and 7. Horses aged 10+ are just two from 30 to even place since 1999
  • Only 4 of the last 18 winners had raced at the Festival previously


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What time is the Coral Cup?

The Coral Cup is the third race run on Day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival. That falls on Wednesday March 11, 2020 and the official starting time is 2:50pm.

How many obstacles are jumped in the Coral Cup?

There are 10 obstacles to jump for the Coral Cup runners

What is the distance of the Coral Cup?

The Coral Cup is run on a distance of 2 miles 5 furlongs and 26 yards

What is the prize money for the Coral Cup?

The total prize money on offer for the Coral Cup at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival will be £100,000.

Who won the Coral Cup last year?

Last year's renewal was won by William Henry at SP of 28/1, trained by Nicky Henderson and ridden by Nico De Boinville.

What weights are carried for the Coral Cup?

The Coral Cup is a handicap race.

Who is the leading jockey in the Coral Cup?

Davy Russell and Nico de Boinvile both have two wins here in the last decade.

Who is the leading trainer in the Coral Cup?

Nicky Henderson boasts the most winners with three winners from 33 runners. Gordon Elliott has the best winning rate (2 wins out of 15 entries, 13%).


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