Coral Cup Tips 2024

  • 13/03/2024
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Coral Cup Hurdle Tips for the 2024 Cheltenham Festival are in focus in this racing preview. Our betting experts look at the key players in this Grade 3 contest.

Along with sizing up the chances of the strong contenders, our tipsters will also give some plucky dark horses their due attention.

The final list of the Coral Hurdle odds is not yet known, but as we continue the approach to the start of the 2024 Cheltenham Festival, keep an eye out for all the best tips for the race uploaded here.

Last year’s winner of the Coral Cup was Langer Dan, who edged out An Epic Song and Comprond in a thrilling finish to land the spoils for Dan Skelton and jockey Harry Skelton.

Coral Cup Tips – Overlooked Outsiders

Digging through the entire field of declarations for the Coral Cup Hurdle will once again be a fascinating prospect. 

Especially after the recent results, our tipsters will be looking to see if there could, once again, be a big long-priced winner popping up.

The Coral Cup has produced a string of large-priced winners in the last decade.

2021 winner Heaven Help Us got his nose in front from a massive 33/1 SP, making him the seventh to score the Coral Cup at double-figure odds in the last ten editions. 

2022 saw an even bigger priced winner, as Commander Of Fleet landed the spoils at a whopping 50/1!

Four of the last six winners of the Coral Cup at the Cheltenham Festival have been at least 20/1 odds. So this is undoubtedly a race in which underdogs can’t be written off, even if it’s for each-way Coral Cup betting purposes.

Our Coral Cup tips for the 2024 renewal will all be listed here closer to the start of the Festival.

2024 Coral Cup Runners + Odds – Wednesday, 13th March 2:50

Horse/Form Silks Jockey/Trainer Odds


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Aidan Coleman
T: Philip Hobbs
Run For Oscar


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Philip Byrnes (5)
T: Charles Byrne
HMS Seahorse


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Sean O’Keeffe
T: Paul Nolan
Langer Dan


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Harry Skelton
T: Dan Skelton
Beacon Edge


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Michael O’Sullivan (3)
T: Noel Meade
Captain Conby


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Keith Donoghue
T: E Sheehy
Watch House Cross


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Rachael Blackmore
T: Henry De Bromhead
An Epic Song


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: J J Slevin
T: Martin Brassil
Good Risk At All


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Sam Twiston-Davies
T: Sam Thomas
Fil Dor


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Ben Harvey (5)
T: Gordon Elliott


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Ryan Mania
T: Sandy Thomson
San Salvador


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Richard Deegan (3)
T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien
Irish Hill (RESERVE)


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Reserve
T: Paul Nicholls


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Jack Foley (3)
T: Willie Mullins
Icare Allen


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Mark Walsh
T: Willie Mullins
Red Risk


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Harry Cobden
T: Paul Nicholls
Sa Fureur


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Davy Russell
T: Gordon Elliott


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Jordan Gainford
T: Gordon Elliott
The Very Man


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Conor Smithers (7)
T: Mrs John Harrington
Grand Roi


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Corey McGivern (7)
T: Gordon Elliott
Call Me Lord


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Daryl Jacob
T: Nicky Henderson
Bold Endeavour


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Nico de Boinville
T: Nicky Henderson
Tax For Max


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Danny Mullins
T: Willie Mullins
Harbour Lake (RESERVE)


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Reserve
T: Alan King
Sporting John 


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Michael Nolan
T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White
Nells Son


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Danny McMenamin
T: Nicky Richards
Off Your Rocco


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Sam Ewing
T: Gordon Elliott
Elvis Mail


Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Bruce Lynn (3)
T: N W Alexander

Even though we have to wait until a couple of days before running the 2024 Coral Cup to know the confirmed entries, the ante-post market still offers plenty.

There are currently a few names on the list for Coral Cup odds that are worth looking at. At least the early entries give punters and tipsters a tantalising glimpse of what could be to come.

We’re currently awaiting early entries to come in before giving our ante-post tips for the race.

How to pick a Coral Cup winner (Studying the Coral Cup Odds)

Our betting experts put a lot of time into studying the Coral Cup’s form and statistics to provide the best possible recommendations.

It’s worth taking a look at what our tipsters have to say about Coral Cup tips for the Cheltenham Festival.

Even in the build-up to the Festival, there are pointers to keep in mind from what has happened in previous renewals.

For example, there has only been one successful favourite in the last ten editions of the Coral Cup, which was Dame De Compagnie in 2020 for Nicky Henderson.

The Coral Cup is one of the Cheltenham Festival races that boasts more considerable odds, and with that in mind, all but four of the last ten winners have been at least 14/1.

Last 10 Coral Cup Winners Odds

  • 2023 Langer Dan 9/1
  • 2022 Commander Of Fleet 50/1
  • 2021 Heaven Help Us 33/1
  • 2020 Dame De Compagnie 5/1F
  • 2019 William Henry 28/1
  • 2018 Bleu Berry 20/1
  • 2017 Supasundae 16/1
  • 2016 Diamond King 12/1
  • 2015 Aux Ptits Soins 9/1
  • 2014 Whisper 14/1

There has not been much to choose between GB and Irish trained contenders in the last 20 renewals of the Coral Cup. There have been 11 winners from the GB in that period, with eight from Ireland and one from France.

Other trends that focus on Coral Cup betting include just three of the last 20 winners of the race winning at odds of 33/1 or higher – Medinas (2013), Heaven Help Us (2021) and Commander Of Fleet (50/1). 

All 20 of those winners had previously earned between two and five wins over the hurdles but hadn’t won more than twice over the timbers in the previous twelve months.

Our experts will look through many trends, so while the wait for the start of this year’s Festival goes on, why not gather some further insights with all our Cheltenham race previews?

All about the Coral Cup Hurdle: Past and Present

This is a Grade 3 contest at the Cheltenham Festival, and the race is open to runners at least four years of age. The Coral Cup is hosted on the turf of Cheltenham’s Old Course and is a distance of 2m 5f.

The declared runners will have ten hurdles to successfully get over during the handicap fixture. The first edition of the Coral Cup was held in 1993, and from then to now, it has always had the same sponsor, namely bookmaker Coral.

The Coral Cup was bumped up to Grade 3 for the 1999 edition and has remained there since. There is a two-way tie for the most successful jockey in the Coral Cup, with Davy Russell and Barry Geraghty having won it three times. 

As for the top trainer in the Coral Cup history, Nicky Henderson has seen four winners get to the line first, including back-to-back successes in 2019 and 2020 with William Henry and Dame De Compagnie, respectively.

How do horses qualify for the Coral Cup? 

The Coral Cup is a straightforward handicap hurdle contest for 4-year-olds plus. It is open to both male and female runners.

What is the Coral Cup Hurdle Prize Money in 2024?

The details of the Coral Cup prize money for 2024 are unknown, but last year’s winner, Langer Dan, took the top prize of £56,270. The rest of the payouts from the purse, down to eight was: 2nd £21,200, 3rd £10,610, 4th £5,300, 5th £2,660, 6th £1,330, 7th £660, 8th £340.

Coral Cup Hurdle Past Winners

Some notable hurdlers have taken a Cheltenham Festival score in the Coral Cup before. Olympian was the inaugural winner back in the 1993 edition.

Looking at some modern-day winners of the contest, the likes of Whisper, Aux Ptits Soins, Supasundae and Heaven Help Us.

2019 winner William Henry stands out as he bucked a big age trend to win the title as a 9-year-old.

Year Horse Odds Jockey Trainer
2023 Langer Dan 9/1 Harry Skelton Dan Skelton
2022 Commander Of Fleet 50/1 Shane Fitzgerald Gordon Elliott
2021 Heaven Help Us 33/1 Richard Condon Paul Hennessey
2020 Dame De Compagnie 5/1F Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2019 William Henry 28/1 Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson
2018 Bleu Berry 20/1 Mark Walsh Willie Mullins
2017 Supasundae 16/1 Robbie Power Mrs John Harrington
2016 Diamond King 12/1 Davy Russell Gordon Elliott
2015 Aux Ptits Soins 9/1 Sam Twiston-Davies Paul Nicholls
2014 Whisper 14/1 Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson
2013 Medinas 33/1 Wayne Hutchinson Alan King
2012 Son Of Flicka 16/1 Jason Maguire Donald McCain
2011 Carlito Brigante 16/1 Davy Russell Gordon Elliott

Other Races on Day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival

Wednesday, Day 2 of the 2024 Cheltenham Festival, is Ladies’ Day and the Coral Cup Hurdle is the third race on the day’s card. Here are all the races for Wednesday at the Festival:

13:30 The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Race (Grade 1)

14:10 The Brown Advisory Novices’ Steeple Chase (Grade 1)

14:50 The Coral Cup Hurdle (A Handicap Hurdle Race) (Grade 3)

15:30 The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeplechase (Grade 1)

16:10 The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeplechase

16:50 The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup (Grade 3)

17:30 The Weatherbys Champion Bumper (A Standard Open NH Flat Race) (Grade 1)