Coral Cup Predictions, Betting Tips, Odds & Trends (Cheltenham 2021 - DAY 2)

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Coral Cup Predictions,  Betting Tips, Odds & Trends (Cheltenham 2021 - DAY 2)
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. Dame De Compagnie (5-1F) ran out a ready and well-backed winner last year for trainer Nicky Henderson, jockey Barry Geraghty and owner J P McManus. Check out here our Cheltenham 2021 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.

      Who will win the Coral Cup 2021?We'll take a closer look at this year's Coral Cup and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail in this contest.

      THE SHUNTER flew up the Cheltenham hill to land the Unibet Greatwood Hurdle in November. He He has more weight to carry on this occasion but we expect him to be in the mix.

      MONTE CRISTO is unexposed after just four runs in the UK, and he impressed when landing a competitive Kempton handicap at 25/1 on Boxing Day. This Nicky Henderson's charge has already proven that testing ground suits when winning at Auteuil in October 2019.

      GRAND ROI remains with plenty of potential into handicaps after just five career runs over hurdles. A Grade Two success at Limerick may well just lead to bigger and better things here.

      BOTOX HAS has very much been laid out for this race. He has very good form at Cheltenham and it seems to bring out the best in him. Hopefully he will stay under 11st in the race as that would be a massive help to him.

      CRAIGNECHE earned himself a 12lb hike in the weights when readily winning the Grade Three Holloway’s Handicap Hurdle at Ascot on his handicap debut in late January, but remains unexposed after just three starts over hurdles.

      BIRCHDALE has been seen  only once this season, when beaten 32 lengths in a novice chase by stablemate Angels Breath in November. He is a classy horse and will likely come here fresh, which could be cause for concern. Furthermore, its proven stamina will count for a lot up in the final hill.

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      Dark horses? SHAKEM UPARRY made a winning return at Ffos Las in November and then ran a sound race upped to 2m3f at Haydock on soft ground 13 days later. He began 2021 by playing second fiddle to impressive Grade 1 Tolworth winner Metier at Sandown back over the minimum distance.

      BLACK TEARS has been well beaten in Listed and Graded contests at Punchestown and Leopardstown so far in 2020/21, but he looks  reasonably treated in his return to Prestbury Park.

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      • The past 16 favourities had all been beaten
      • 8 of the last 11 winners had run at the Festival before
      • 9 of the last 12 winners hailed from the top 8 horses in the weights
      • 21 of the 25 winners were officially rated no higher than 147
      • 14 of the last 15 winners had not run within at least 32 days of the Festival
      • 9 of the last 10 winners had never won or won just one handicap race


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      2021 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 17, 2021 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 2021 Cheltenham Festival will be £100,000.

      Who won the Coral Cup last year?

      Last year's renewal was won by Dame De Compagnie at SP of 5/1, trained by Nicky Henderson and ridden by Barry Geraghty.

      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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