Coral Cup Tips 2022

Part of the Cheltenham Festival Day 2 action, Ladies’ Day, brings the Coral Cup tips into the spotlight. This is the third race of the day and the final action before the big feature race that is the Champion Chase. The Coral Cup is a Grade 3 contest at the Festival, and it’s one of those fascinating races from the Festival where long-priced gambles come into focus a little bit.

Coral Cup Potential Runners & Favourites

The Coral Cup is a handicap hurdle contest that, more often than not, is just stacked with unpredictable excitement. It’s generally a wide-open contest with a big field, and it is an absolute treat to look forward to. Our betting experts look through the Coral Cup runners for 2022.

THE SHUNTER was an impressive winner at the Festival last year and this appears to have been the target for him this year. He has won both his races at the course so clearly loves it here and will no doubt be in the mix here.

UNEXPECTED PARTY was a game winner at Ascot in Janaury so comes here in good form. He will be Dan Skelton’s best chance of gaining a first win in this race.

The claims may very well run deep in this fixture when it comes to putting together Coral Cup betting tips at this year’s Festival. 

Other interesting names among the early entries on the ante-post board include GOWEL ROAD and MCFABULOUS. The latter has put together two credible Grade 2 runs in defeat at Cheltenham this year. So once again, the Coral Cup is looking like a wide-open affair.

Coral Cup Noticeable Confirmed Runners

Good Risk At All (RESERVE)Horse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: RESERVE
T: Sam Thomas
The ShunterHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Mark Walsh
T: Emmet Mullins
Saint FelicienHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Robbie Power
T: Gordon Elliott
Unexpected PartyHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Harry Skelton
T: Dan Skelton
Drop The AnchorHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Simon Torrens
T: Pat Fahy
CamprondHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Aidan Coleman
T: Philip Hobbs
Indigo BreezeHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Jack Kennedy
T: Gordon Elliott
Gowel RoadHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Sam Twiston-Davies
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
Grand RoiHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Davy Russell
T: Gordon Elliott
FastorslowHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Darragh O’Keeffe
T: Martin Brassil
McFabulousHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Harry Cobden
T: Paul Nicholls
Ashdale BobHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: J Foley
T: John Harrington
GanapathiHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Bryan Cooper
T: Willie Mullins
Mars HarperHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Jack Kennedy
T: Gordon Elliott
Garry ClermontHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Jonjo O’Neill Jr
T: Jonjo O’Neill
The Bosses OscarHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: R James
T: Gordon Elliott
Commander Of FleetHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Sahne Fitzgerald
T: Gordon Elliott
TronadorHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Sam Ewing
T: Gordon Elliott
Maze RunnerHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Sean O’Keeffe
T: Willie Mullins
Call Me LordHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Daryl Jacob
T: Nicky Henderson
Dans Le VentHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Isabel Williams
T: Evan Williams
Christopher WoodHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Harry Bannister
T: Venetia Williams
Fair FrontieresHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: David Bass
T: Kim Bailey
Champagne GoldHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Rachael Blackmore
T: Henry De Bromhead
Hang In ThereHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: J A Anderson
T: Emma Lavelle
Daly TigerHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: E Walsh
T: Noel Meade
Ask Dillon (RESERVE)Horse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: RESERVE
T: Fergal O’Brien
Top MoonHorse Profile - Jockey ColoursJ: Richie Mclernon
T: Ben Haslam

*Odds Correct as of 12pm 14/03/22*

How Often Does a Favourite Horse Win The Coral Cup Race 

Of the last ten Coral Cup winners, just one has been the favourite, which was Dame De Compagnie in 2020. So instead, the thing that jumps off the page when looking back through the recent history of the Coral Cup renewals is that longer-priced options have been showing.

In last year’s renewal, Heaven Help Us landed the win from a big 33/1 gamble out of the blue. Three of the previous nine winners of the Coral Cup have got their score from at least 28/1. But none of the last 20 winners has been bigger than 33/1, so that’s the cut-off point, really, when piecing together Coral Cup betting tips.

Coral Favourites vs Winners in The Past 10 Years

YearFavourite Horse*Winning Horse
2021Grand Roi (12th)Heaven Help Us (33/1)
2020Dame De CompagnieDame De Compagnie (5/1)
2019Uradel (7th)Willian Henry (28/1)
2018Tombstone (22nd)Bleu Berry (20/1)
2017William Henry (4th) / Max Dynamite (22nd)Supasundae (16/1)
2016Rock The Kasbah (22nd)Diamond King (12/1)
2015Actival (3rd)Au Ptits Soins (9/1)
2014Dell’ Arca (5th)Whisper (14/1)
2013Pendraw (17th)Medinas (33/1)
2012Get Me Out Of Here (2nd) / Balgarry (7th)Son Of A Flicka (16/1)

*(-) = Finishing Position, UR = Unseated Rider, F = Faller, RO = Ran Out, PU = Pulled Up

Coral Cup History & Present Time

The Coral Cup is a Grade 3 handicap hurdle race over a 2m 5f around Cheltenham’s Old Course. 2008 was the one exception when it was moved to the New Course because of weather, and it was half a furlong shorter that year than its current distance.

There are ten hurdles in the Coral Cup, and right from the start, the fixture has had the backing of sponsors Coral. The race was handed its current status of Grade in 1999. The prize purse for the 2022 Coral Cup is £100,000.

Coral Cup Jockey & Trainer Records

Nicky Henderson is the leading trainer to have seen home the most Coral Cup winners with a tally of four. All of his wins have been since 2010, when he opened his account with Spirit River.

Gordon Elliott is the only other trainer in the last twenty renewals of the Coral Cup besides Henderson to have more than one winner in the race (2).

Davy Russel leads the way for jockey successes in the handicap hurdle feature, with three wins in the last 20 renewals. The most recent of those was on Diamond King in 2016. 

Russell is currently the joint-most successful jockey in the race with three wins alongside Barry Geraghty, who rode Dame De Compagnie home in 2020 before retiring.

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