2020 Coral Cup tips – Two tips for day two Handicap Hurdle

Eglantine Du Seuil Mares' Novices' Hurdle Cheltenham

Noel Fehily riding Eglantine Du Seuil to victory in the 2019 Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle.

Coral Cup Tips

Jon Vine takes a look through the betting for this handicap on day two of the Cheltenham Festival and provides readers with two Coral Cup tips on Wednesday 11th March.

The opening handicap on the day two card at the Cheltenham Festival is the Coral Cup. I’ve enjoyed some success in the Coral Cup over recent years. In 2017, I tipped up Supasundae – who I think could go really well in the Champion Hurdle this year – at 20/1, and selected double-figure placers in Topofthegame and Ballyandy the past two years.

I’ve taken a look through the recent history of the Coral Cup and picked out three key trends. I’ve then sifted through the ante-post betting for this year’s renewal to find two Coral Cup tips.

Three Key Trends

  • Nine of the last ten winners had run in at least five hurdles races
  • Nine of the last ten winners had either never won a handicap before, or had won just one handicap so far in their careers
  • Seven of the last ten winners carried 11-02 or more

Coral Cup Tips – Tip One

Tipping up a favourite in a handicap isn’t my usual MO. However, I do really like the chances of PROTEKTORAT (10/1 William Hill).

Dan Skelton’s charge caught the eye on a number of occasions as a juvenile, but it wasn’t until January of this year where he claimed his first victory. Following a smart triumph in that Listed handicap, Protektorat then ran a cracker to place third under a penalty, as Harry Senior secured victory in the Ballymore Trial

Considering he ran so well when giving Harry Senior and King Roland weight, Team Skelton may fancy a tilt at the Ballymore itself. Yet, Skelton is not one to turn down a shot at a big handicap pot and Protektorat would enter the fray around the 11-01, 11-02 mark. He looks a worthy market leader.

Protektorat Cheltenham Hurdle

Protektorat (left) winning a Listed Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham on New Years’ Day.

Coral Cup Tips – Tip Two

The next one who catches my eye is EGLANTINE DU SEUIL (20/1 Unibet). Willie Mullins’ recruit won the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle on her first start for the stable 12 months ago. Results since then proved that victory was no fluke, despite her 50/1 price-tag on the day, and she’ll be the first of my Coral Cup tips.

On the back of that surprise Festival triumph, Eglantine Du Seuil finished third to Honeysuckle in a Grade One at Fairyhouse. Mullins’ mare then produced another fantastic performance at Punchestown, staying on to finish just two lengths adrift of Reserve Tank in the Grade One over two-and-a-half-miles.

Mullins’ six-year-old then finished behind Stormy Ireland on her opening two starts of the season. At the Dublin Racing Festival, Eglantine Du Seuil really caught the eye as she scythed her way through the congested field in the Ladbrokes Handicap Hurdle, only to come up a couple of lengths short of Thosedaysaregone. If last year’s winner, William Henry runs, then Eglantine Du Seuil will carry just 11-00 into the Coral Cup. She looks a fantastic each-way Cheltenham Festival tip on her current price of 20/1.

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