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Coral Cup Betting Tips, Predictions, Preview & Free Bets (Cheltenham 2019 - DAY 2)

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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 16 years.Jockey Mark Walsh tasted Festival success for the first time by delivering the seven-year-old Bleu Berry - trained by Willie Mullins - at odds of 20/1. Check out here our Cheltenham 2019 Coral Cup race preview, with odds, tips, predictions, trends, free bets and betting promotions.

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Sandwiched between the more prestigious RSA Chase 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.

URADEL finished runner up in the Cesarewitch at Newmarket back in October and then on his only outing over hurdles this term was a nearest at the finish 5th of 19 in the Ladbrokes Hurdle at Leopardstown under Ruby Walsh. He has an interesting mark of 137

BRIO CONTI has improved dramatically on his second outing at Ascot in February, winning on the nod having travelled strongly under a confident ride from Bryony Frost. This longer trip should suit him.

CRACKING SMART has recorded two wins out of 8 runnings over hurdles, both as a novice. He finished second to Next Destination in a Grade 1 and finished behind Apple’s Jade over 3 miles at the Christmas meeting. Last time out he improved markedly to chase home Tiger Roll and Off You Go in a Grade 2.

FARCLAS has won the Triumph Hurdle here last year but things just haven’t clicked for the 5yo.

DIAMOND CAUCHOIS has won 2 of his 6 starts last season, including a Grade 2 at Navan. He was last seen when finished sixth at Punchestown 10 months ago but returns on a fair mark and is worth a second look in the market.

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VISION DES FLOS landed the National Spirit Hurdle at Fontwell (19.2f) few weeksago. He looks fairly treated on switch to handicapping and is one to consider.

CANARDIER justified 6/4 favouritism in a Cheltenham novice hurdle in October, and it appears connections have been protecting his mark ever since.

BALLYANDY who was third to Brio Conti in that Ascot race. He had earlier won at Uttoxeter off top weight and that was the first sign for a while that the former Betfair Hurdle winner was back on track.

SCARPETA won at Clonmel in December and ran creditably at Punchestown thereafter. Fine fourth at last year's Festival and is interesting on switch to handicapping. Wears first-time cheekpieces.

WILLIAM HENRY was a good fourth in this event 12 months ago but lightly raced since and offered little on sole start this term. He has had wind operation and could be the suprirse package.

KILLULTAGH VIC hasn't totally convinced over fences but proved he still has plenty to offer in this sphere when third in Galmoy Hurdle in January. He is a previous winner at the Cheltenham Festival so warrants plenty of respect.

Other possible contenders?
TULLY EAST, CALIE DU MESNIL, WICKLOW BRAVE and HIGHEST SUN all come with hopes to finish in the frame.

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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