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Coral Cup Trends: Stats and facts for competitive Cheltenham Festival handicap hurdle

One of the toughest punting puzzles of the entire Cheltenham Festival, the Coral Cup is a fascinating handicap hurdle run over 2m 5f on day two of the meeting. Attracting a host of improving staying handicap hurdlers and some proven, experienced contenders the Coral Cup has an illustrious roll of honour and we look back at the last 20 years and look at the trends for the race. Taking place on Wednesday 13th March in 2024, this year’s Coral Cup is set to be a scorching contest, so let’s try and help you find the winner.

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Age

First held in 1993, the Coral Cup is open to horses aged four years and older and it’s those at the lower end of the age spectrum that have fared well in the contest over the last 20 years. Horses seven and under have won 16 of the last 20 renewals with the most popular age being seven years old. There has only ever been one ten-year-old winner of the race and that was way back in 1995, while there’s only be two winning eight and nine-year-olds in the last two decades. So, it’s wise to stick to those potentially improving horses that could be using the Coral Cup as a springboard to Graded company.

Age Of Coral Cup Winners In Last 20 Years

  • 5 – 4 winners
  • 6 – 5 winners
  • 7 – 7 winners
  • 8 – 2 winners
  • 9 – 2 winners
  • 10+ – 0 winners


Starting Price

With fields of 25 runners plus lining up each year in the Coral Cup it’s often a really fascinating betting market for punters to get stuck into and in the last 20 years there has only been one winning favourite and that was Nicky Henderson’s Dame De Compagnie, who was the 5/1 market leader when landing the 2020 race. In the last two decades there has been no winner shorter than 5/1 and the most popular price brand is between 10/1 and 18/1 with nine of the last 20 winners featuring in that area. With such a competitive field going to post there has been known to be some big priced winners and none more so than Gordon Elliott’s Commander Of Fleet, who won the 2022 Coral Cup at an eye-bulging 50/1!

Starting Price Of Coral Cup Winners In Last 20 Years

  • <5/1 – 0 winners
  • 5/1 to 10/1 – 5 winners
  • 11/1 to 18/1- 9 winners
  • 20/1 to 33/1 – 5 winners
  • 50/1+ – 1 winner

Weight Carried

Being a handicap race it’s certainly worth looking at the weight carried by horses in the last 20 years of the Coral Cup and it shows that seven horses have carried between 10st 7lbs and 11 stone en route to victory. Burntoakboy for Dr Richard Newland has carried the least weight in that period and had a featherweight of 9st 12lbs on his back when he won in 2007, while Sky’s The Limit carried 11st 12lbs to victory in the 2006 contest. More recently, the likes of William Henry (2019) and Commander Of Fleet (2022) have carried 11st 10lbs to victory, so it shows that a big weight can be carried to victory in the Coral Cup.

Weight Carried By Coral Cup Winners In Last 20 Years

  • <10st – 1 winner
  • 10st to 10st 6lbs – 3 winners
  • 10st 7lbs to 11st – 7 winners
  • 11st 1lb to 11st 6lbs – 5 winners
  • >11st 6lbs – 4 winners

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