- 1:30 Supreme Novices Hurdle
- 2:10 Arkle Chase
- 2:50 Ultima Handicap Chase
- 3:30 Champion Hurdle
- 4:10 Mares Hurdle
- 4:50 National Hunt Chase Cup
- 5:30 Close Brothers Novices Chase
- 1:30 Ballymore Novices Hurdle
- 2:10 RSA Chase
- 2:50 Coral Cup
- 3:30 Queen Mthr Champion Chase
- 4:10 Cross Country Chase
- 4:50 Fred Winter H'Cap Hurdle
- 5:30 Champion Bumper
- 1:30 JLT Novices Chase
- 2:10 Pertemps Final Hurdle
- 2:50 Ryanair Chase
- 3:30 Stayers Hurdle
- 4:10 Brown Advisory Plate
- 4:50 Mares Novices Hurdle
- 5:30 Kim Muir Chase Cup
Coral Cup Tips - 2.50pm Cheltenham
2019 PREVIEW DUE by MARCH 5th-10th
The Irish have won the Coral Cup for the last two years but surprisingly champion trainer Willie Mullins is still looking for his first victory in the race.
He has no less than five runners entered thsi season and is desperate to break the hoodoo. Ruby Walsh will partner Max Dynamite who is probably better known these days for his efforts on the flat, a third in the Melbourne Cup and a 6th in the Hong Kong Vase must seem a long way from the Cheltenham Hill.
His last run over hurdles was a disappointing 9th at Galway in August and you will have to go back to 2015 to see he was 4th in the County Hurdle here behind Wicklow Brave. He obviously has plenty of ability so really ought to make his presence felt off his old mark of 141.
Voix Du Reve is another from the yard with a chance, he is owned by Graham Wiley who has had plenty of winners here at Cheltenham and this 6yo has been largely ignored in the build up. His form figures this season of 89 dont really inspire much confidence but both of those efforts were in good class Leopardstown handicaps over 3 miles. He could easily bounce back over this shorter trip.
Nicky Henderson won this four years ago with Whisper and William Henry will attempt to repeat the fete in the same colours of owner Dai Walters. The 8yo pulled up on his first run of the season back in November over fences but made up for that mishap when reverting back to the smaller obstacles and winning the Lanzarote at Kempton. He was ridden that day by the exciting young claimer James Bowen and it was a pleasing effort considering it was his first try in a handicap and it was on soft ground which wouldn’t have been ideal.
Stable mate Burbank is interesting and if he could reproduce his 4th in the Neptune behind Willoughby Court from last year he would be in with a chance off his current mark. This season he has tried chasing without much success and then last time out bounced back to form with a decent 3rd behind Jenkins at Ascot. He is much better of with that horse now and is a lively outsider.
Topofthegame represents Paul Nicholls; the 6yo is another horse that has failed to make the transition to fences this season. He fell on his chase debut at Newbury and has since ran two fine races back over hurdles.
He was fourth in the Lanzarote behind William Henry and then won on his first try at three miles at Sandown in a valuable handicap. He’s gone up 8lbs for that but is clearly improving and the yard has a good record in the handicaps at Cheltenham.
Gordon Elliott has won this race a couple of times including two years ago with Diamond King. Last season he went novice chasing without much success and connections have decided to revert back to hurdles. Now a 10yo he lines up again off a big weight but he looked as good as ever at Punchestown the last time we saw him when third to Killultagh Vic.
The yard also has Barra in the field, a 7yo mare owned by Gigginstown and comes here on the back of a decent run at Leopardstown. She was second to Alletrix that day and her mark of 138 looks fair enough and could go well at a price.
Of the others Alan King saddles Dusky Legend who has plenty of Festival experience. She was second to Limini in 2016 and then last year was third behind Let's Dance in the mares race. This time round she has been given a crack at a handicap and is one of the most consistent mares in training.
Ben Pauling has been going well all season and he has a 6yo in Le Breuil that has been promising to land a nice prize. He won two of his three starts over hurdles last season and kicked off this term with a decent 5th at Kempton in his first handicap. Last time out he was second at Aintree in unsuitable heavy ground and you just know we haven’t seen the best of him yet. On better ground and a quicker pace he could improve on his current mark.
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Coral Cup Runners
Coral Cup Trends
|10/10 Favourites||Did NOT win|
|9/10 Winners||Had won at least one hurdle race that season|
|9/10 Winners||Were second season hurdlers|
|9/10 Winners||Were priced between 7/1 and 16/1|
|9/10 Winners||Carried 11st 4lbs or less|
|8/10 Winners||Were first or second last time out|
|9/10 Winners||Aged between 5-8 year olds|
|8/10 Winners||Had NOT previously run at the Festival|
|6/10 Winners||Were trained in England|
|7/10 Winners||Rated 140 or higher|
Coral Cup Previous Winners
|2018||Bleu Berry||7||11-02||Mark Walsh||Willie Mullins||20/1|
|2017||Supasundae||7||11-04||Robbie Power||Jessica Harrington||16/1|
|2016||Diamond King||8||11-03||Davy Russell||Gordon Elliott||12/1|
|2015||Aux Ptits Soins||5||10-07||Sam Twiston-Davies||Paul Nicholls||9/1|
|2014||Whisper||6||11-06||Nico de Boinville||Nicky Henderson||14/1|
|2013||Medinas||6||11-10||Wayne Hutchinson||Alan King||33/1|
|2012||Son Of Flicka||8||10-06||Jason Maguire||Donald McCain||16/1|
|2011||Carlito Brigante||5||10-12||Davy Russell||Gordon Elliott||16/1|
|2010||Spirit River||5||11-02||Barry Geraghty||Nicky Henderson||14/1|
|2009||Ninetieth Minute||6||10-03||Paddy Flood||Tom Taaffe||14/1|