Coral Cup PreviewA 2m 5f Handicap Hurdle where there is usually more than one big gamble on the day of the race. However, big price winners of this race are very common so why not try for an outsider!
Coral Cup Trends
|8/10||1st or 2nd on their last completed start||8/10||were rated 135 or higher|
|8/10||had run at least 3 times since November 1st|
|7/10||were aged 5 or 6|
|7/10||carried 11-06 or less||7/10||had won a race since November 1st|
|6/10||had their last run that year|
Coral Cup AnalysisThe face of this race seems to be changing as the Coral Cup used to be a race for horse carrying low weights but with four of the last six winners carrying eleven stone or more perhaps we should be looking more closely at the classier participants?
Lightly raced horses tend to do well in the Coral Cup with most of the winners in the last decade having less than ten runs over hurdles.
The first stat highlighted in our table finished first or second last time out is especially worthy of note as not many of the field will tick this box.
Lastly, it may be best to avoid front-runners as they have a poor recent record in the Coral Cup.
Coral Cup Last Ten WinnersTable below shows the last ten winners of the race.
|2016||Diamond King||8-11-3||G Elliott||D Russell||12/1|
|2015||Aux Ptits Soins||5-10-7||P Nicholls||S Twiston Davies||9/1|
|2014||Whisper||6-11-6||N Henderson||N De Boinville||33/1|
|2013||Medinas||6-11-10||A King||W Hutchinson||33/1|
|2012||Son Of Flicka||8-10-6||D McCain||J Maguire||16/1|
|2011||Carlito Brigante||5-11-0||G Elliott||D Russell||16/1|
|2010||Spirit River||5-11-2||N Henderson||B Geraghty||9/1|
|2009||Ninetieth Minute||6-10-3||T Taaffe||P Flood||14/1|
|2008||Naiad Du Misselot||7-10-13||F Murphy||D Russell||7/1|
|2007||Burntoakboy||9-9-12||R Newland||S Jones||10/1|
Coral Cup Preview
Give close inspection to the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury and the big handicap hurdles at Leopardstown when studying the form as the equivalents of these races have thrown up plenty of recent Coral Cup winners.
Favourites do not have a good record in this race with just one outright and one joint favourite in twenty-one runnings.
Philip Hobbs' runners are always of interest in the handicap hurdles and with two wins and seven other finishers in the top six his Coral Cup entries warrant the closest inspection. Hobbs' record may even have been better than this had Wishful Thinking not fell at the second last in 2010. He was racing there off a mark of 144 and subsequently marched up to 167 over fences so may have gone quite close!
Coral Cup Tips from The OLBG Forum
OLBG shrewdie Nors is keen on the chances of Rock The Kasbah in the Coral Cup:
" Just look at the collateral form for this Philip Hobbs trained horse, it has beaten 41 good horses in 3 runs. If it rains even better as this horse loves the soft going and others in the field will flounder. He's going to be very special one day according to connections, Wednesday 16th may be that day."
Derbz87 prefers to go with one of the horses Rock The Kasbah has beaten this year in Baron Alco:
"The Gary Moore trained 5 year-old is 3/4 over hurdles this season having most recently finished runner up to well fancied Rock the Kasbah in a Group Three Handicap at Ascot on ground that may have been slightly too soft. The form of that race has been given a slight boost with Lil Rockerfeller a few lengths back in third and won since, Sugar Baron was further back in the field and has also recorded a subsequent win."
The Market Man fancies Paul Nicholls to record back to back wins in this race after Aux Aux Ptits Soins won last year. He fancies Politologue to do the double for the Champion Trainer:
"Top of my list so far is Politologue. Potentially very well treated, will be near the bottom of the handicap and has two very good runs in big fields - his jockey will be able to keep him covered up in this race and produce him late."
Following this race will be the eagerly awaited clash between Un De Sceaux and Sprinter Sacre in the Queen Mother Champion Chase. Check out the tips and race preview for that race here.