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The Coral Cup Hurdle

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:

  1. Damalisque (FR) – 10/1 ante-post joint-favourite – 8 years old – weighing in at 10-2 (29/01/21) – trained by Edward Harty
  2. Benson (GB) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-1 (19/12/20) – trained by Dr Richard Newland
  3. Grand Roi (FR) – 12/1 ante-post odds – 5 years old – weighing in at 11-10 (31/01/21) – trained by Gordon Elliott
  4. Dame De Compagnie (FR) – 14/1 ante-post odds – weighing in at 10-5 (18/01/21) – trained by Nicky Henderson
  5. Champagne Platinum (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-7 (28/11/20) – trained by Nicky Henderson
  6. Monte Cristo (FR) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 5 years old – weighing in at 11-7 (26/12/20) – trained by Nicky Henderson
  7. Column Of Fire (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-3 (29/01/21) – trained by Gordon Elliott
  8. Great White Shark (FR) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 10-12 (28/01/21) – trained by Willie Mullins
  9. Irascible (FR) – 16/1 ante-post odds – 6 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (27/12/20) – trained by Henry De Bromhead
  10. 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.

Previous Winners

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.

Cheltenham Races TEst

With the Cheltenham Festival just around the corner, it’s time to get back into the spirit of this grand occasion, and for that, you’ve come to the right place.

With the offset commencing on Tuesday 16th March featuring The Unibet Champion Hurdle, you could be right there experiencing it all up until the final few races trickle through following The Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday 19th March.

Cheltenham Racecourse hosts the most anticipated event of the racing calendar where punters and racing enthusiasts can experience this exciting event from a number of perspectives, whatever the weather.

Four days of extraordinary racing offers a prize pool of over £4.5 million to the hopeful participants, with passion and emotion tantalising the senses of all in attendance.

Kissing the beautiful Cotswold countryside, Cheltenham Racecourse was voted the greatest racecourse in the world by The Racing Post in 2019. Each of the three magnificent Cheltenham Racecourse enclosures gives you a stunning view of the alluring surroundings.

The Cheltenham Festival offers world-class hospitality available to suit a wide range of budgets, so, if you wish, you could step up the quality of your experience to ensure you make the absolute best of this fascinating horseracing occasion.

Besides the racing, you can visit the shopping village featuring approximately 70 bespoke, carefully selected vendors for a mixture of essentials and luxuries. You can also indulge yourself at the bars and listen to live music all throughout the Cheltenham racing calendar.

Betting Tips

If you’re looking for the most diligently researched professional betting tips for the Cheltenham Festival 2021 races, our team of competent, experienced tipsters will provide all the fruitful information you need to make the most lucrative betting decisions possible.

The in-depth information we offer on favourites, horses to look out for, trainers, jockeys and more can mean it won’t just be the horses, trainers and jockeys getting Cheltenham results.


Whether you have attended this enthralling event before and you’re looking for your annual fix, or you’ve been intrigued by the captivating aura that surrounds these races inducing the desire to make your Festival debut, you can find all the information you need on Cheltenham tickets right here.

Standard entry tickets are very affordable and there is a range of package options to suit your exact needs, so whatever your budget, The Cheltenham Festival 2021 will be the place to be this March.

Festival Guide

Any information you’re looking for on the festival including dates for the diary, the racecourse, the horse trainers, the jockeys, festival history, where to eat, where to stay and how to get there can be found right here at

Race Calendar

The Cheltenham Festival 2021 features a variety of 28 breathtaking races, with 7 per day over the course of the four-day festival. Our race calendar makes it very easy to keep track of exactly what is going on and when.

The highlight of day one will be the Unibet Champion Hurdle with a prize pool of £450,000. Day two sees the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase take place where records continue to be broken.

Day three presents The Ryanair Chase and The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle race, both in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Then Finally, Friday hosts the grand finale in the form of The Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The full Cheltenham race schedule is available right here, from the Tuesday 10:30 gate opening to the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle final race at 5:30 pm on Friday.


The beauty of the Cheltenham races is the sheer quantity of options when it comes to how you want to experience it.

If you head down to The Festival simply to view the races and absorb the exciting atmosphere you don’t need to break the bank. If you’ve set a higher budget for this pulsating occasion, you can get plenty for the money you want to spend.

You can choose from any of the 11 onsite restaurants for your evening meal, with a variety of restaurant types from The Horse & Groom Pub to the Champions Walk restaurant, you can choose the atmosphere that’s served alongside your meal.

Those with a higher budget and more cash to splash will be delighted by the range of luxury experience options, including viewing boxes with private bars, Room With a View packages complete with Bentley and helicopter transfers, and the luxurious Orchard Pods suitable for up to 20 guests with a private balcony.

Free bets

Free bets are a fantastic opportunity to step up the thrill of the races with a chance to recoup some of your festival expenditures, increase your spending money, or even strike it lucky and walk away from your exhilarating day with a smug smile.

Free bets work just like real bets except there is no risk involved. You can place a stake on your favourite horse and if it wins, so do you. Real cash.

The Cheltenham Festival is amongst the busiest periods of the year for bookmakers and betting sites, so they always come up with some incredibly tempting sign-up offers and free bets to lure you in. The high competition between the bookies is good news for you, as they compete to offer the most generous free bet deals.

We scour the web for all the best betting deals – including free bets – and provide you with a one-stop-shop to accumulate your free bet funds, meaning less time searching and more time sitting and sipping.


It’s thanks to the high competition between bookmakers that you can get such fantastic prices on the horses. Odds are competitive, so very high profits are possible.

We’ll make sure you have access to all the best odds from all the best betting sites, so you can experience how profitable the Cheltenham races can truly be.

Track all the odds as the Festival approaches ever closer so you know exactly who to look out for and back when the big week finally arrives.