Coral Cup Hurdle
What You Need to Know
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- The Coral Cup is a Grade 3 National Hunt chase event held on the second day (Ladies Day) of the Cheltenham Festival
- The 2017 Coral Cup will take on Wednesday 15th March at 14:50 and will see runners compete along a distance of 2 miles and 5 furlongs for a first prize of £48,000
- It's one of the newest races of the whole Festival, dating back to just 1993. Despite this, it's always a big hit with the raucous Ladies Day crowds and always features a strong field
- Politologue, Diamond King and Arbre De Vie have all been tipped to win and so will go into the 2016 Coral Cup Hurdle the favourites they are with the bookies unable to seperate them.
- However, this is one race where you might want to back an outsider. The event is famous for producing shock winners, so have a gamble and see if you can win big.
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- The Coral Cup Hurdle is broadcast live on Sky Sports or tickets can be bought to go and see the first day of the greatest festival of horseracing in the world, in person.
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What is the Coral Cup Hurdle?
Held on Ladies Day (Wednesday) each year, the Coral Cup is one of the newest additions to the Cheltenham Festival programme of racing.
The race is a Grade 3 National Hunt chase event, run over a distance of approximately 2 miles and 5 furlongs along the famous Old Course at Cheltenham. It's open to horses aged four years and older and offers a prize purse of £85,000, around £48,000 of which goes to the winner.
The 2017 Coral Cup will take on Wednesday 15th March at 14:50. For more information on the rest of the Ladies Day racing programme, check out this comprehensive guide to the Cheltenham Festival
2017 Latest Odds and All the Runners
Traditionally, the final line up for the Coral Cup is only announced right before the start of the Cheltenham Festival. Most bookies, therefore, publish a long list of potential runners alongside conformed entrants and then offer a 'no run, no bet' deal, whereby you get your wager back if your horse doesn't end up taking part.
Betting on the Coral Cup Hurdle
Just like all the races held on Ladies Day at Cheltenham, the Coral Cup attracts a flurry of bets, both from serious sports betting enthusiasts as well as from casual gamblers making their only flutter of the year.
If you are going to Ladies Day, then you will have no problem finding a bookie taking bets of all the day's races. If you're not lucky enough to be going to watch the action in person, then it's still very easy to place a bet. For the best selection of betting markets and the most-competitive odds, you need to get online. Check out this guide to the very best online sports betting sites and sign up for an account today. As a new customer, you could get up to £200 cashback on your first few bets!
Remember, that there's no such thing as a guaranteed return in racing. However, by doing a little research and studying the form of the runners, you can significantly improve your chances of picking a winner and making a profit. Some things to bear in mind when betting on the Coral Cup include:
- Favourites tend to have a very bad history of winning this race. So, even if a horse has been hotly tipped, be wary of backing them. Consider instead backing a long shot and potentially winning big.
- Form is important, but the statistics show that most winners in this event have been lightly-raced in the run-up. In fact, the majority of winners have had ten or fewer races behind them going into the Coral Cup.
- Above all, recent form is king. Past winners have tended to go into the Coral Cup having won their last race or at least come second in it.
- Look out for younger horses. Eight of the past ten winners have been aged seven or under.
Attending the Cheltenham Festival
The Coral Cup Hurdle takes place on Ladies Day, the second day of the world famous Cheltenham Festival. In 2017, it takes place on Wednesday 15th March.
If you want to be there to experience the famous Cheltenham Roar as the crowds cheer on the runners, then tickets are available from the Cheltenham Races website.
Tickets range from £25 for an advanced single to £35 on the day, with more expensive options and a range of packages available. Be aware that whilst the Cheltenham Festival does not have a dress code, in some areas fancy dress is not permitted, and in the Club Enclosure it is usual for men to wear suits, and ladies to wear hats during the Festival.
Anyone who is looking to attend, should think about booking their tickets as early as possible as they get more expensive as the Festival gets closer.
How to Get to Cheltenham Racecourse
Cheltenham Racecourse is located just outside the picturesque Gloucestershire market town of Cheltenham Spa.
Trains are easily available from London (taking about two hours), Birmingham (about 35 minutes) and Bristol (35 minutes). The racecourse is a ten minute taxi journey from the station and during the festival there is a free shuttle bus in operation.
If arriving by car, the nearest motorway is the M5, with the racecourse being clearly signposted in both directions. Parking is available but there is a charge during the festival.
Buses 527 and D from Cheltenham town centre stop near the racecourse, and during the festival there is a free shuttle bus which runs from Cheltenham Spa Station and outside the WH Smith.
History of the Coral Cup Hurdle
The race was first held in 1993, since when it has been sponsored by the bookmakers Coral every year. Over the years, it has grown in prestige and popularity. It was granted Grade 3 status in 1999 and has become increasingly popular with the boisterous Ladies Day crowds at Cheltenham.
Throughout its history, the Coral Cup has attracted some of Europe's biggest horses, jockeys and trainers. Jockeys Barry Geraghty and Davy Russell have both won the event a record two times, while Martin Pipe holds the record for the most wins, having saddled three champions between 1993 and 2002.
Notably, no horse has won the Coral Cup more than once, and over the years the race has gained a reputation for being one of the most unpredictable and among the most likely to produce a surprise winner.
- You can find out about some of the other top class races at the Festival, with our comprehensive guides to the Queen Mother Champion Chase, the Arkle Challenge Trophy, the Novices' Hurdle, and of course the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
- For full details about this race, Ladies Day, the Festival, and other race meetings at Cheltenham Racecourse, head on over to their official website.
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