Coral Cup 2022 Trends

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Coral Cup 2022 Trends
Coral Cup 2022 Trends

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2022 Coral Cup


The last 10 winners:

  • Had never won the Coral Cup before
  • Last ran over hurdles - at least 24 days ago
  • Were not carrying topweight
  • Had never won a Grade 1 race
  • Had not won more than 2 handicap hurdles
  • Had won at least two hurdle races, but not more than four

Nine of the last 10 winners:

  • Were not the favourite in the betting
  • Were rated 138+, seven were rated 140+
  • Had run at least five times over hurdles
  • Had won at least once in their last three starts
  • Had only won once over jumps that season, if at all
  • Had never won a Grade 2 race (or a Grade 1)

Eight of the last 10 winners:

  • Carried at least 6lbs less than the topweight
  • Had already run at Cheltenham - four had won at the course
  • Had run over at least 2m4f before

Key Trials from the last 10 years

  • Four runners in the Grade 3 Betfair Hurdle at Newbury have gone on to be placed in the same year's Coral Cup (Blazer (2016), Activial (2015), Smashing (2014), Get Me Out Of Here (2012). The winner of that handicap hurdle has never won the next Coral Cup.
  • Bleu Berry ran in the Coral Hurdle (Now the Ladbrokes Hurdle) at Leopardstown before his Coral Cup win in 2018 for Willie Mullins. In 2020 the Labrokes Hurdle winner Thosedaysaregone finished third in the Coral Cup. It's generally a better guide for the County Hurdle
  • 2020 Coral Cup winner Dame De Compagnie was the first female winner in the race's 28-year history and she warmed up for the Festival race by winning a mares’ handicap hurdle at Cheltenham in December. That day a mare also finish second, and last year another mare won - Heaven Help Us - after winning a mares' handicap hurdle at Leopardstown.

Trainer Trends

  • Nicky Henderson boasts the most winners in the Coral Cup with four winners overall, including two of the last three.
  • Gordon Elliott has won this race twice and saddled five placed-runners (two in 2020).
  • Willie Mullins has now had six placed runners to add to his 2018 winner.
  • Paul Nicholls is 1/13 in the last 10 years, winning last in 2015 with Aux Ptits Son.
  • Trainers based in Ireland have won four of the las six renewals. Only Nicky Henderson and Paul Nicholls have won for British trainers in the last eight years.

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Jockey Trends

  • Davy Russell (three) has ridden more Coral Cup winners than any other jockey still riding. He 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.

How did the trends do last year?

Heaven Help Us being a mare may have put trends followers off, and she'd also won a chase, which no other winner in the last 10 years has done. She did fit some of the key exposure trends having only won two hurdle races, including just one handicap last time out.

She also boasted Cheltenham experience, which isn't essential, but is always preferred at the Festival. Overall, she was easy to overlook and at 33/1 was a good find for anyone who had faith in her. She became the second mare in two years, and in the history of the race to win.

Second Craigneiche looked a far sounder pick on trends, having won the required two hurdle races, including one handicap. He was also trained by Nicky Henderson and came into the Festival after an impressive win in a valuable Ascot handicap hurdle.


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Who Fits The Trends Best In 2022?

This is as ever a wide-open field at the end of January, but there a couple already standing out on trends.

Recent Ascot winner Unexpected Party, trained by multiple County Hurdle winner Dan Skelton, looks to have all the attributes of a Coral Cup winner at this early stage.

Gowel Road, who beat Unexpected Party on his first run over 2m5f at Cheltenham in November, boasts a bit more experience, including at the Cheltenham Festival, where he finished down the field in last year's County Hurdle.

From Ireland, the Tony Martin-trained Good Time Jonny looks very interesting, boasting just the two wins over hurdles, both in handicaps, and the latest last time out at Leopardstown over 2m4f.

He finished sixth to Gowel Road at Cheltenham and was ninth in the 2020 Champion Bumper, giving him course and Festival form. The slight concern for him at this stage is that he's only rated 129 and would struggle to get into the race.

Trainer Willie Mullins might only have won on Coral Cup, but he does have a good place record and might have an interesting runner in Finest Evermore. She's already won the required two hurdle races and is rated 137 over hurdles, putting her in a nice position.

She holds a 2m2f handicap hurdle entry to make her handicap debut at Leopardstown in February and looks one to watch.

20201Coral Cup Result

PositionNamePriceJockeyTrainer
1stHeaven Help Us33/1Richard CondonPaul Hennessy
2ndCraigneiche17/2Tom CannonNicky Henderson
3rdTea Clipper33/1Jonathan BurkeTom Lacey
4thSayo28/1Bryan CooperWillie Mullins

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