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 no favorites have won in the last 16 years. Gordon Elliott's Commander Of Fleet produced a shocking display to claim victory in last year's Coral Cup at odds of 50/1. Check out here our Cheltenham 2023 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 take a closer look at this year's Coral Cup and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail.
Who will win the Coral Cup 2023?CAMPROND finished 4th in the race 12 months ago although the ground would have been hugely against him. This year he has run three times over hurdles in handicaps, disappointing in every outing: fallen, a distant 17 lengths 12th here on trials day and a 23 lengths 8th. He has dropped to a mark of 138 and this could be interesting.
RUN FOR OSCAR won good staying handicaps on the flat last year including the Cesarewitch at Newmarket back in October. He was last seen finishing third to Saint Sam in a handicap hurdle at Punchestown back in December and have been kept fresh for this race since.
LANGER DAN has not shown any form this term although he did win at Aintree last season under Harry Skelton.
HMS SEAHORSE ran very well when 4th behind Brazil and Gaelic Warrior in last year’s Boodles handicap Hurdle. Paul Nolan's 5yo was relatively impressive in Navan back in January when taking a 2m 4f handicap.
BRANDY LOVE was below par on here seasonal reappearance behind Queens Brook at Punchestown last month. On the back of a disappointing performance and with a lack of experience around this track though likely to count against her, the odds look too short.
CAPTAIN CONBY has run well in handicaps this season and has been kept off since December. He was also quite good at Aintree when falling in a Grade 1 Novice hurdle.
Gordon Elliott's FIL D'OR ran a solid race here last season when chasing home Vauban in the Triumph Hurdle and recently won at Gowran Park last time out.
SAINT SAM returns to the hurdle scene after his chasing career rather fell apart in his final two runs, as he unseated rider in the Arkle and finished last of 6 at Punchestown. Back over hurdles this year, he won over 2m4f at Punchestown and finished only 5th in the Boyne.
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Dark Horses?BEACON EDGE who was 3rd in that Boyne Hurdle, is another horse who lost his way over fences. He reached a high of 158 over hurdles and 152 over fences and yet is down to a rating of 145. As a result, Noel Meade's charge could be a dark horse here.
HAUT EN COLEURS has raced at two previous Cheltenham festivals and has never looked like winning at any stage.
GOOD RISK AT ALL has won the last two handicaps he has run over this trip. He also won a bumper here in 2020 but was below par over three miles at Haydock last time out. He hasn't been seen since November.
ICARE ALLEN finished 7.5 lengths behind Vauban in the Triumph Hurdle last season but recorded a lacklustre 12th in the Betfair Hurdle. Anyway, his previous form suggests he is far better than that (he chased home two good horses like Fil D'Or and Pied Piper).
HARBOUR LAKE finished 3rd in this season’s Greatwood Hurdle behind I Like to Move It. Although pulled up on his latest start in the Lanzarote, he could be in contention here.
SAINT SALVADOR looks progressive and beat Captain Conby last time out. Hence, he has the potential to finish in the frame.
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CORAL CUP TRENDS
- 18 of the last 19 favourites have been beaten
- Just 1 of the 29 winners were the top weight
- 12 of the last 16 winners had never previously won around Cheltenham
- 12 of the last 16 winners had won at least one Class 2 hurdle
- 12 of the last 16 winners had 10 or less hurdle runs to their name
- 9 of the last 12 winners carried between 10st 6lbs & 11st 6lbs
- 5 of the last 7 winners have been rated 140-151
CORAL CUP PREDICTIONS
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2023 CORAL CUP FAQs
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 15, 2023 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 2023 Cheltenham Festival will be £100,000.
Who won the Coral Cup last year?
Last year's renewal was won by Commander Of Fleet at SP of 50/1, trained byGordon Elliott and ridden by SHane Fitzgerald.
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 (three) has ridden more Coral Cup winners than any other jockey still riding. Nico de Boinville’s association with Nicky Henderson has led to him partnering two winners this decade.
Who is the leading trainer in the Coral Cup?
Nicky Henderson has trained 4 of the last 13 winners (from no fewer than 38 entries). Gordon Elliott has won this race three times and saddled five placed-runners (two in 2020).