Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle Date is March 11, 2020
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Coral Cup 2020 Preview & Tips
Preview By Frank Monkhouse
Former professional boxer who is now a content writer specialising in sports and betting. Has worked for some of the biggest names in the industry, including Coral and Betfair covering all manner of sports, from boxing and football to horse racing. A student of the formbook, he loved stats, trends, numbers and how they can guide punters towards a winner.
The Coral Cup is usually run on the second day of action which falls on a Wednesday. The history books can be traced back to the first outing in 1993 when Olympian cemented himself as the first ever champion for Peter Scudamore and Martin Pipe. We have enjoyed some memorable renewals over the years with previous champions including Monkerhostin, Carlito Brigante and Supasundae. William Henry took the winner’s cheque 12 months ago under the ride of Nico de Boinville.
An interesting fact about the Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle 2020 is that no horse has won the previous races more than once, but followers of the trends shouldn’t fret as we have plenty of hints, tips and clues to go on. Read on as we dissect the race before offering our expert betting guide designed to help you beat the bookies and land a profit from the Prestbury Park showpiece.
Antepost betting markets have begun to creep in covering the 2020 Cheltenham Festival. These allow punters the chance to get their cash down early and secure a better price on their predictions than will be available to those betting after the final declarations or on the day of the race. The sooner you gamble on the winner of the top races at Cheltenham the better price you’ll get.
The reason for that is antepost betting comes with a few risks attached. The main one of these is the horse you back to win a race may not run in that contest. It may be steered in a different direction or it may suffer an injury and miss the festival entirely. If that happens and you have laid your cash down before the non-runner no bet promotion becomes live you will lose your stake money. What’s more, you’ll lose it without ever getting a run for your money. Check that the price on your favourite horse is bigger than the risk of it missing the race and you dropping your cash.
Many of the biggest races of the week have been prices up early with antepost betting markets available on the likes of the Gold Cup. There have been odds available on the top races for many weeks now, almost as soon as the 2019 results were added to the book.
The Coral Cup 2020 isn’t a race that has been given the antepost treatment just yet and at the time of writing we aren’t able to quote any runners or any prices.
All that will change in the coming months and by the turn of the year there should be betting for the 2020 Coral Cup. Keep checking this page for an updated list which we will add and review as and when it becomes available.
Unlike Coral Cup, many Cheltenham races have already recieved ante post quotes – visit our Cheltenham Betting Guide to check them out.
Race Stats & Trends
No horse has won the Coral Cup betting more than once but that doesn’t mean there aren’t strong trends for followers to follow in this race. We have picked out a few of the more important points below…
- Davy Russell is the leading jockey who has won this race more times than any other rider with three previous titles. He nailed his first in 2008 with Naiad de Misselot and followed that up with victory on Carlito Brigante in 2011. Diamond King rates as his most recent success when riding that one to victory in 2016.
- Martin Pipe is the leading trainer and he also has three winner’s medals sitting at home. The first came in 1993 with Olympian and was boosted by success for Big Strand in 1997 and Ilnamar in 2002. Three is the current benchmark for other trainers to aim at.
- Age is important when looking through the Coral Cup trends of recent winners and the stats show us a seven-year-old has won two of the last three runnings of this race. That was Supasundae in 2017 and Bleu Berry 12 months later. The further we go back the more of a mix of ages we uncover, and the trend begins to be watered down.
Coral Cup Betting Offers
In this section of the article you will find Coral Cup offers and deals available to both new and existing customers on the upcoming Cheltenham Festival. The closer we get to race month the more coverage you can expect to find here as we update and re-order the best promos.
Many of the best deals return every year but are updated and refreshed to ensure they are appealing, ahead of the game and modern. The types of deals you can expect to find in March will include free bets for new customers, money back for fallers, enhanced odds on favourites, extra places each way and plenty more besides.
All Coral Cup offers will be listed here as soon as they are available.
Coral Cup Betting Guide
Do Your Research
You’ll find no shortage of Coral Cup tips available as we approach race month with many different sites promises to help you beat the bookies. Do your research on a tipster before taking their advice. It is advised that you always go with your own feeling and use these types of sites as a guide. Read previews, reviews, the trends, interviews and everything else you can get your hands on before parting with your hard-earned cash.
Enjoy Perks of Antepost Martket
Antepost betting is a great tool for those wishing to jump the queue and secure a better price about their selection. This should be played wisely, however, to minimalize the risk of you losing your stake money without a run. The earlier you bet the better price you’ll get. Check recent results and form before trusting a horse to run in one Cheltenham Festival race over another. The distances, results and type of race will give backers an idea of what to expect come March in Gloucestershire.
Get Access to Live Streaming
You’ll notice live betting and live streaming is now available on every UK and Irish horse race throughout the year and this extends to the Cheltenham Festival. If you place a bet on a race you are able to view the action unfold through an HD quality live streaming service that also offers expert commentary and exciting camera angles, all at no extra cost to you. Place a bet and watch the race through your desktop or mobile app.
Coral Cup Past Winners
Last 10 Coral Cup winners:
- William Henry – 2019
- Bleu Berry – 2018
- Supasundae – 2017
- Diamond King – 2016
- Aux Ptits Soins – 2015
- Whisper – 2014
- Medinas – 2013
- Son of Flicka – 2012
- Carlito Brigante – 2011
- Alberta Run – 2010
What Happened in 2019?
Last year’s Cheltenham Coral Cup was won by William Henry, ridden by Nico de Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson. He was a nine-year-old at the time of becoming champion and was Nicky Henderson’s first success in the race since Whisper did the business in 2014.
The bay gelding won off an SP 28/1 to put a smile on the faces of those who had him backed but punters who played the antepost market in the run up to the event had even more to shout about. The champion held on to beat runner up Wicklow Brave by a short head in what was a thrilling finish to a tactical race. The second was also a 28/1 shot and we had Ballyandy back in third at 14/1, another ½ length off the pace in a bunch finish.
William Henry chased the early leaders approaching the last fence and backers were delighted to see the horse respond to the encouragement of his rider. He continued to eat away at the leaders and stuck strongly to the task at hand to win the cup by the tightest of margins. A challenge that was delivered perfectly and we ended with a worthy and deserving champion.