One of the most celebrated meetings on the National Hunt horseracing calendar is The Cheltenham Festival, which takes place towards the end of the season, every March.
Often sharing a date with St. Patrick’s Day, The Festival attracts around 250,000 spectators and to Cheltenham Racecourse with many travelling across from Ireland to participate in the magical occasion.
Cheltenham Racecourse is home to many prestigious races over course of the year, including 14 Grade 1’s, 17 Grade 2’s and 15 Grade 3’s, with many taking place during The Cheltenham Festival, such as The Queen Mother Champion Chase, The Arkle Challenge Trophy, The Champion Hurdle and, of course, The Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Originally listed as The Grand National Hunt Meeting, The Festival has taken place since 1860 and until 2005 had only been a three-day event. Cheltenham Festival is now four days long and offers 28 exquisite races for the whole world to enjoy.
The Cheltenham Festival 2021 will take place from Tuesday the 16th until Friday the 19th of March, with Champion Day on Day One, Ladies Day on Day Two, St. Patrick’s Thursday on Day Three and Gold Cup Friday as Day Four.
About the Race
Open to horses aged four and above, The Coral Cup Hurdle is a Grade 3 National Hunt race that takes place on the ‘old course’ on Day Two of The Cheltenham Festival.
The Coral Cup Hurdle is a handicap race with a total distance of 2 miles and 5 furlongs for the horses to run, and it features 10 hurdles for the horses to jump.
The Coral Cup has been sponsored by Coral since it was first established in 1993 when the inaugural winner Olympian received a £50,000 bonus for also having won the Imperial Cup the previous weekend.
No horse has won The Coral Cup more than once, however, last year’s champion Dame De Compagnie currently sits at 14/1 ante-post odds for this year’s race. Can Dame De Compagnie make Cheltenham history in 2021?
The 2021 Coral Cup Hurdle is scheduled to take place on Ladies Day, Wednesday the 17th of March, beginning at 2.50 pm.
The top 10 predicted runners and their ante-post odds for The Coral Cup Hurdle at The Cheltenham Festival 2021 are the following:
- Damalisque (FR) – 10/1 ante-post joint-favourite – 8 years old – weighing in at 10-2 (29/01/21) – trained by Edward Harty
- Benson (GB) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-1 (19/12/20) – trained by Dr Richard Newland
- Grand Roi (FR) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 5 years old – weighing in at 11-10 (31/01/21) – trained by Gordon Elliott
- Dame De Compagnie (FR) – 14/1 ante-post odds – weighing in at 10-5 (18/01/21) – trained by Nicky Henderson
- Champagne Platinum (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-7 (28/11/20) – trained by Nicky Henderson
- Monte Cristo (FR) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 5 years old – weighing in at 11-7 (26/12/20) – trained by Nicky Henderson
- Column Of Fire (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-3 (29/01/21) – trained by Gordon Elliott
- Great White Shark (FR) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 10-12 (28/01/21) – trained by Willie Mullins
- Irascible (FR) – 16/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (27/12/20) – trained by Henry De Bromhead
- Flash The Steel (IRE) – 16/1 ante-post odds – 9 years old – weighing in at 11-11 (28/11/20) – trained by Dan Skelton
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The Coral Cup Hurdle has seen some insanely high-priced winners in recent years and you’d be silly not to try to take advantage of these prices.
Last year’s winner was favourite Dame De Compagnie who still began the race with a 5/1 starting price, meaning £50 profit from a £10 stake.
A tenner on 28/1 outsider William henry in 2018 would have returned a tasty £280 in profits in a race where an each-way bet on any of the placing horses would have returned generous profits.
Here are the previous 4 winners of The Coral Cup Hurdle, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:
Race favourite Dame De Compagnie won The Coral Cup Hurdle last year with a starting price of 5/1, ridden by jockey Barry Geraghty and trained by Nicky Henderson.
Two and a quarter lengths behind Dame De Compagnie in second-place was 12/1 Black Tears, with 10/1 Thosedayaregone a further two and a half lengths back in third.
28/1 outsider William Henry won The Coral Cup Hurdle in 2019, ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson.
It was another 28/1 outsider in second-place, too, named Wicklow Brave, followed by 14/1 Ballyandy in third. 13/2 race favourite and Willie Mullins trained Uradel only managed to conjure up a seventh-place finish, ridden by jockey Ruby Walsh, after failing to make an impression from the start.
The Coral Cup Hurdle 2018 was won by 20/1 outsider Bleu berry, ridden by jockey Ruby Walsh and trained by Willie Mullins.
Just a neck behind Bleu Berry was 9/1 Topofthegame who took the second-place prize, followed by French 16/1 Barra in third.
16/1 outsider Supasundae was The Coral Cup Hurdle winner back in 2017, ridden by jockey Robbie Power and trained by Mrs John Harrington.
7/2 race favourite finished all the way down in 22nd after an awful day out on the course, making 5/1 second-favourite Tin Soldier’s 8th place finish just a nose behind the neck and neck 6th and 7th place finishers not look quite so bad.