Coral Cup 2021 Trends

Need some help finding the winner of the 2021 edition of the Coral Handicap Hurdle? Well, look no further because our team of experts at Bookmakers.co.uk have done the hard work for you by pinpointing the most critical trends and pointers from the last ten renewals in order to help you find the winner of this hugely competitive cavalry charge.

Coral Cup 2021 Trends

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2021 Coral Cup


The last 10 winners:

  • Last ran over hurdles
  • Were not carrying topweight
  • Had never won a chase or a Grade 1 race

Nine of the last 10 winners:

  • Rated 139+, eight of whom were rated 140+
  • At least five previous runs over hurdles
  • Had won at least once in their last three starts
  • Were a gelding

Eight of the last 10 winners:

  • Aged between six and nine/li>
  • Had already run at Cheltenham
  • Sent off a double-figure price (only one winning favourite in last decade)
  • Carried at least 6lbs less than the topweight
  • Last run 24-77 days previous
  • Had run over at least 2m4f
  • Never ran over fences
  • No Grade 2 wins

Key Trials from the last 10 years

  • The Grade 3 Betfair Hurdle at Newbury has thrown up one winner (Spirit River) and a number of place finishers (Blazer, Activial, Smashing, Get Me Out Of Here & Bothy).
  • The Grade 2 Welsh Champion Hurdle has seen two winners over the last decade (Whisper & Medinas).
  • Bleu Berry ran in the Coral Hurdle (Now the Ladbroke Hurdle) at Leopardstown before his Coral Cup win back in 2018 for Willie Mullins.
  • 2020 Coral Cup winner Dame De Compagnie was the first female winner of the race this century and she warmed up for the festival race by winning a mares’ handicap hurdle at Cheltenham in December.

Trainer Trends

  • Nicky Henderson boasts the most winners in the Coral Cup with four winners, including the last two.
  • Gordon Elliott had no luck with his three runners in 2020 but he’s won this race twice and has saddled five placed-runners (two in 2020).
  • Willie Mullins has now had five placed runners to add to his sole success in 2018.

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Jockey Trends

  • Davy Russell (3) has ridden more winners of this than any other jockey still riding. Russell just missed out on a fourth success when second on Black Tears in 2020.
  • Nico de Boinville’s association with Nicky Henderson has led to him partnering two winners this decade (both in the colours of Dai Walters), most recently William Henry in 2019.
  • Robbie Power, Sam Twiston-Davies and Mark Walsh have also enjoyed success in the Coral Cup in recent years.

How did the trends do last year?

Dame De Compagnie’s gender may have put many trends enthusiasts off, while the record of favourites was also against her, but on all other counts she fit the bill as a lightly-raced, progressive hurdler who was representing the right connections. She was well backed on the day.

2020 was an odd year because runner-up Black Tears was also a mare that otherwise had a good deal going for her.


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Who Fits The Trends Best In 2020?

This is nearly always a wide-open betting race and one glance at ante-post lists for 2021 tells its own tale – it’s 16/1 the field.

The one that appeals most from a trends point of view at from this range (mid-January) is Monte Cristo, a progressive young hurdler trained by Nicky Henderson. He stays well, has experience of Cheltenham and will go into the meeting very much on the up after his hugely impressive Kempton win. The obvious issue is that he is only a 5-year-old, an age that hasn’t fared brilliantly in the last decade. However, four 5-year-old’s have won the race since the turn of the century so it is hardly unheard of.

Benson would have a good profile for the race if only he had run over the trip. He hasn’t gone beyond 2m over hurdles but does shape like he could be suited by 2m4f.

Main Fact would be carrying very close to topweight if he runs, as would On The Blind Side, which is a definite negative to their chances.

2020 Coral Cup Result

PositionNamePriceJockeyTrainer
1stDame De Compagnie5/1fBarry GeraghtyNicky Henderson
2ndBlack Tears12/1Davy RussellGordon Elliott
3rdThosedaysaregone10/1Kevin BrouderCharles Byrnes

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