Coral Cup Tips 2021

The first of two handicap races on day two of the Cheltenham Festival is the Coral Cup. This two-and-a-half-mile Grade Three was first run at this meeting in 1993, and it's a race that punters love to sink their teeth into.

2021 Coral Cup Key Facts

Date Wednesday 17th March, 2021
Time 2:50pm
Course Cheltenham Festival
Status Grade Three Handicap
Distance 2m 5f
Prize Pool £100k
Age 4YO+

2021 Coral Cup Odds

No odds are currently available for the 2021 Coral Cup.

2021 Coral Cup Tips

Once the bookies open their markets for the Coral Cup, we'll publish a range of tipping articles live on the website.

2020 Coral Cup Result

1st Dame De Compagnie 5/1f
2nd Black Tears 12/1
3rd Thosedaysaregone 10/1
4th Cracking Smart 33/1
5th Honest Vic 33/1

Coral Cup Day Card

1:30pm Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Grade One 2m 5f
2:10pm RSA Novices' Chase Grade One 3m
2:50pm Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle Grade Three Handicap 2m 5f
3:30pm Queen Mother Champion Chase Grade One 2m
4:10pm Cross Country Chase Class Two Handicap 3m 6f
4:50pm Grand Annual Handicap Chase Grade Three Handicap 2m
5:30pm Champion Bumper Grade One 2m

Coral Cup History

The opening handicap on day two of the Cheltenham Festival is the Coral Cup. This two-and-a-half mile handicap hurdle was created in 1993, and has been sponsored by bookmakers Coral throughout it's entire history.

The Coral Cup is known for being a wide-open race. This handicap has been won by top and bottom weights alike. Favourites have come out on top on numerous occasions, as have horses carrying prices in excess of 20/1 to post.

Olympian was the first winner of the Coral Cup in 1993, ridden by Peter Scudamore for legendary trainer, Martin Pipe. Pipe went on to win the race twice more in 1997 and 2002.

The leading trainer in this history of the Coral Cup is Nicky Henderson. Henderson secured the first of his four wins in 2010, before going on win it three times in the last seven years.

Top British trainers like Philip Hobbs, Paul Nicholls and Alan King have all won the Coral Cup. As have the likes of Donald McCain, Dr Richard Newland and Venetia Williams.

Irish trainers have enjoyed plenty of success in the race in recent seasons, with the names of Gold Cup winning trainers like Willie Mullins, Gordon Elliott and Jessica Harrington standing out on the honours boards.

Davy Russell is the joint-most successful jockey in the Coral Cup, having ridden the winner in 2008, 2011 and '16.

In 2020, Barry Geraghty matched Russell's tally of three winners when he guided well-backed favourite Dame De Comganie to victory for Nicky Henderson and owner, JP McManus.

Coral Cup Winners

2020 Dame De Compagnie
2019 William Henry
2018 Bleu Berry
2017 Supasundae
2016 Diamond King
2015 Aux Ptits Soins
2014 Whisper
2013 Medinas
2012 Son Of Flicka
2011 Carlito Brigante
2010 Spirit River
2009 Ninetieth Minute
2008 Naiad du Misselot
2007 Burntoakboy
2006 Sky's The Limit
2005 Idole First
2004 Monkerhostin
2003 Xenophon
2002 Ilnamar

Coral Cup FAQs

When is the Coral Cup?

The 2021 Coral Cup will take place at 2:50pm on day two of the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday 17th March.

What is the Coral Cup?

The Coral Cup is a handicap hurdle race that takes place on day two of the Cheltenham Festival. The Coral Cup is sponsored by bookmakers Coral, it holds Grade Three status and is run over a two-mile-five-furlong trip.

Who won the Coral Cup?

In 2020, Nicky Henderson celebrated his fourth victory in the race as Barry Geraghty guided favourite Dame De Compagnie to victory.

Where can I watch the Coral Cup?

The 2021 Coral Cup will be shown live on ITV Racing. If you want to stream the race live on your mobile or tablet then visit our Live Streaming page for more details.