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. Paul Hennessy's Heaven Help Us produced a fine front-running display to claim victory in the Coral Cup at odds of 33/1. Check out here our Cheltenham 2022 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 in the next few days and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail.
Who will win the Coral Cup 2022?
GOOD RISK AT ALL is the most popular entry among punters for the 2022 Coral Cup. He picked up a win at Ascot in mid-February, and he’s steadily building his profile as a good hurdler.
SAINT FELICIEN won at Gowran Park in November, and then he had a good run at Naas behind Darasso while MCFABULOUS has put together two credible Grade 2 runs in defeat at Cheltenham this year.
GOWEL ROAD got off the mark for the season when beating Unexpected Party here over this C&D back in November. Both subsequent losses have been back at around the minimum trip and he ran with great credit chasing home Metier in a valuable handicap hurdle at Lingfield in January.
CAMPROND was an impressive Grade 2 novice winner at Chepstow in October and followed up with a good performance (4th) over the Old Course at Cheltenham-
UNEXPECTED PARTY cuaght the eye here over the C&D when runner-up to Gowel Road back in November and he has backed that up with two decent efforts subsequently including when winning at Ascot in a handicap hurdle.
THE SHUNTER is a smart type who won the Festival Plate here a year ago and looks primed for a bold bid while DROP THE ANCHOR finished 7th in last year's Coral Cup renewal but will have a 3 pounds lower mark this time.
Dark horses?GRAND ROI won a Grade 2 contest at Limerick in December and was only a length-and-a-quarter behind 160-rated stablemate Sire Du Berlais in the Lismullen Hurdle (two-and-a-half miles) in November. He was blown away at Naas in a Grade 3 hurdle last time out in January.
Willie Mullins' GANAPATHI was sent off a well-fancied 6/1 for this race in 2021, only to fade away in the closing stages. He would probably have been second in a Grade 1 in April but came down at the last flight. He is very lightly raced, and could upset the odds.
Henry De Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore will race with CHAMPAGNE GOLD.This horsefinished well beaten at when 15th of 27 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Leopardstown over 2m last month. He is wearing a tongue-tie for the first time and this could be a game changer.
At the moment, the most backed horses are the following:
All the bookmakers we recommend are offering No Runner No Bet on every Cheltenham Festival race.
CORAL CUP TRENDS
- 17 of the last 18 favourites have been beaten
- 10 of the last 12 winners had run at Cheltenham before
- The last 10 winners had never won a Grade 1 race
- Just 1 of the 28 winners were the top weight
- 8 of the last 10 wnners carried at least 6lbs less than the topweight
- 9 of the last 10 had won no more than one jumps race that season.
- 9 of the last 12 winners had at a rating of 140 or higher
CORAL CUP PREDICTIONS
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2022 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 16, 2022 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 2022 Cheltenham Festival will be £100,000.
Who won the Coral Cup last year?
Last year's renewal was won by Heaven Help Us at SP of 33/1, trained by Paul Hennessy and ridden by Richard Condon.
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.
Who is the leading trainer in the Coral Cup?
Nicky Henderson has trained 4 of the last 12 winners (from no fewer than 38 entries). Gordon Elliott has won this race twice and saddled five placed-runners (two in 2020).