Coral Cup Odds 2023


Richard Condon riding Heaven Help Us leads all the way to win The Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle during day two of the Cheltenham Festival.

The Coral Cup is a handicap hurdle race over two miles and five furlongs at the Cheltenham Festival in March. It is one of the most competitive handicap races of the season and often attracts significant gambles on potentially well-weighted runners. However, only one favourite has been successful in the last 12 years with only one other winner in single figures.

The Coral Cup Odds 2023 are as wide open as ever with the race attracting a massive entry of 110 horses. With a maximum field of 26, many fancied horses are unlikely to make the cut including ante-post favourite Good Risk At All. Nicky Henderson is the leading trainer in the history of the Coral Cup with four winners and his entries include 2020 winner Dame De Compagnie and two-time Grade 2 winner Call Me Lord.

Coral Cup Odds and Entries 2023

The Coral Cup is always heavily over-subscribed and connections face an anxious wait to see whether their horse will make the final cut. The Coral Cup betting odds are likely to fluctuate considerably before the final declarations are announced. Many fancied runners also have alternative options including the Pertemps Final and the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Hurdle.

Irish-trained runners account for 16 of the top 26 in the weights, including four from the Gordon Elliott stable and three representing Willie Mullins. Elliott’s Saint Felicien would be an interesting runner, once touted as a Champion Hurdle outsider. He was second to Darasso at Naas in January but is yet to race beyond two miles. Grand Roi started favourite for the Coral Cup last season but finished in midfield and is set to race off an identical mark this time.

Mullins has Whiskey Sour and Burning Victory guaranteed a place in the starting line-up, should he choose to run them. The former was placed in the County Hurdle in 2018 and 2019 but hasn’t been given any respite by the handicapper. Burning Victory won the Triumph Hurdle in 2020 and was runner-up in the Cesarewitch at Newmarket last October. This is one of four Cheltenham entries for the mare.

Good Time Jonny is another leading Irish contender, the winner of a valuable Leopardstown handicap last month. He won off a mark of 129 that day but has been hiked to a rating of 146. British hopes include Gowel Road, runner-up to Metier in heavy ground in January and a course and distance winner in November. He beat Unexpected Party when conceding a stone and is set to meet that rival on 9lbs better terms.

Latest Coral Cup Betting Odds *

*Best prices correct at time of writing

Good Risk At All 8-1

State Man 9-1

Unexpected Party 9-1

Saint Felicien 10-1

Thedevilscoachman 10-1

Winter Fog 10-1

Chemical Energy 12-1

Good Time Jonny 12-1

Burning Victory 14-1

Camprond 14-1

Drop The Anchor 14-1

Fastorslow 14-1

I Am Maximus 14-1

Indigo Breeze 14-1

An Epic Song 16-1

Au Fleuron 16-1

Deploy The Getaway 16-1

Gowel Road 16-1

Grand Roi 16-1

Maries Rock 16-1

McFabulous 16-1

Party Central 16-1

Queens Brook 16-1

Ashdale Bob 20-1

Carrarea 20-1

Cobblers Dream 20-1

Colonel Mustard 20-1

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The publication of the weights has done little to clarify the Coral Cup odds 2023. Good Risk At All is market leader with most firms but is languishing down at number 66 in the entries list, despite a 10lbs rise for his easy Ascot success. State Man (numbered 38) has become one of the talking horses of the meeting as Trainer Willie Mullins considers his options for the impressive Limerick winner. He has been slashed in the betting for all five festival races in which he is entered and is as short as 5-1 here.

Another well-backed runner is Unexpected Party (number 31), trained by Dan Skelton. He has gone up 12lbs since winning at Ascot in January but at least that should get him a place in the field. He has a difficult task in overhauling Gowel Road at the revised weights on their course form in November. It is difficult to see how the likes of Cobblers Dream (72), I A Connect (74) and I Am Maximus (83) can get in here.

There are better prospects for Camprond who is currently 45th in the weights. He is trained by Philip Hobbs who won this race with What’s Up Boys (2000) and Monkerhostin (2004). Camprond finished a very creditable fourth in the Greatwood Hurdle in November and that race has produced numerous subsequent winners. The handicapper has left him untouched on a mark of 140 and he has won over two and a half miles.