Coral Cup Tips 2023

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

Coral Cup Hurdle Tips for the 2023 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 2023 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 Heaven Help Us, who defied some considerable SP odds to get the win for trainer Paul Hennessey.

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 2021 result, 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 second to score the Coral Cup at that price in the last nine editions. Medinas was the other in that span to do so, back in 2013.

Three of the last four 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 2023 renewal will all be listed here closer to the start of the Festival.

Coral Cup Runners – Wednesday, 16th March 2:50


1 The Bosses Oscar T: Gordon Elliott

J: Rob James (7)

2 Ashdale Bob T: Jessica Harrington

J: Jack Foley (3)

3 Commander Of Fleet T: Gordon Elliott

J: Shane Fitzgerald (5)

4 McFabulous T: Paul Nicholls

J: Harry Cobden

5 Saint Felicien T: Gordon Elliott

J: Robbie Power

6 Grand Roi T: Gordon Elliott

J: Davy Russell

7 Hang In There T: Emma Lavelle

J: Joe Anderson (7)

8 The Shunter T: Emmet Mullins

J: Mark Walsh

9 Gowel Road T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

10 Daly Tiger T: Noel Meade

J: Eoin Walsh (3)

11 Ganapathi T: Willie Mullins

J: Bryan Cooper

12 Christopher Wood T: Venetia Williams

J: Harry Bannister

13 Drop The Anchor T: Pat Fahy

J: Simon Torrens (3)

14 Dans Le Vent T: Evan Williams

J: Isabel Williams (3)

15 Unexpected Party T: Dan Skelton

J: Harry Skelton

16 Garry Clermont T: Jonjo O’Neill

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

17 Call Me Lord T: Nicky Henderson

J: Daryl Jacob

18 Fastorslow T: Martin Brassil

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

19 Camprond T: Philip Hobbs

J: Aidan Coleman

20 Indigo Breeze T: Gordon Elliott

J: Jordan Gainford (3)

21 Champagne Gold T: Henry De Bromhead

J: Rachael Blackmore

22 Top Moon T: Ben Haslam

J: Richie McLernon

23 Maze Runner T: Willie Mullins

J: Sean O’Keeffe

24 Tronador T: Gordon Elliott

J: Sam Ewing (3)

25 Fair Frontieres T: Kim Bailey

J: David Bass

26 Mars Harper T: Gordon Elliott

J: Jack Kennedy


Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Odds 2023

Horse/Form Silks Jockey/Trainer Odds
Saint Felicien


J:Robbie Power
T:Gordon Elliott
Drop The Anchor


J:Simon Torrens (3)
T:Pat Fahy
Unexpected Party


J:Harry Skelton
T:Dan Skelton


J:Aidan Coleman
T:Philip Hobbs
The Shunter


J:Mark Walsh
T:Emmet Mullins
Gowel Road


J:Sam Twiston-Davies
T:Nigel Twiston-Davies


J:Darragh O’Keeffe
T:Martin Brassil
Grand Roi


J:Davy Russell
T:Gordon Elliott
Indigo Breeze


J:Jordan Gainford (3)
T:Gordon Elliott


J:Harry Cobden
T:Paul Nicholls
Ashdale Bob


J:Jessica Harrington
T:Jack Foley (3)

Even though we have to wait until a couple of days before running the 2023 Coral Cup to know the confirmed entries, the ante-post market still offers plenty.

There are currently 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.

Willie Mullins’ Henn See is one of the ante-post favourites in the 2023 Coral Cup betting. He had a maiden hurdle success at Limerick in December as he delivered the odds.

Kilcruit, a stablemate of Henn See, put together a couple of encouraging runs on his hurdles starts in December 2021 and could enter the Coral Cup frame.

Among the other early players in the Coral Cup betting ante-post market, Finest Evermore, Gerri Colombe and Panda Boy are noted. The latter took a significant hurdles win by a wide margin at Leopardstown in late December and maybe fancied at this higher grade.

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 three of the last ten winners have been at least 14/1.

Last 10 Coral Cup Winners Odds

  • 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
  • 2013 Medinas 33/1
  • 2012 Son Of Flicka 16/1

There has not been much to choose between GB and Irish 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 none of the last 20 winners of the race having come home at more than a 33/1 quote. 

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 2023?

The details of the Coral Cup prize money for 2023 are unknown, but last year’s winner, Heaven Help Us, took the top prize of £42,202.50. The rest of the payouts from the purse, down to eight was: 2nd £15,900, 3rd £7,957.50, 4th £3,975, 5th £1,995, 6th £997.50, 7th £495, 8th £255.

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 Spirit River, Whisper, Supasundae and Aux Ptits Soins.

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
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
2010 Spirit River 14/1 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson

Other Races on Day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival

Wednesday, Day 2 of the 2023 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)