Coral Cup Betting Odds & Preview – 2.50 Cheltenham Festival March 16th 2022

A look at this year's Coral Cup from the Cheltenham Festival Day 2 line up

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This Coral Cup betting preview for the Cheltenham Festival 2022 takes a look through this popular fixture on Day 2.

This is a Grade 3 fixture and it is one of the handicap features from the Cheltenham Festival.

Our betting experts take a look at the latest Coral Cup odds for the 2022 renewal and size up some of the current frontrunners in the betting market.

One of the great features about the Coral Cup at the Cheltenham Festival is that it does generally give punters big odds.

The current trend of results in the Coral Cup has seen a lot of double-figure winners come home.

Coral Cup Details

Date: 16th March 2022
Time: 14:50
Grade: Grade 3
Distance: 2m 5f
Age: 4 years old and up
Entries: 26 max

Coral Cup Favourites and Outsiders

This Coral Cup betting preview for 2022 will start with a look at some of the trends with regard to the prices of winners from the last 10 editions.

There has been a clear trend towards some bigger-priced victors.

Only two of the last ten winners of the Coral Cup were in single figures and three of the last four have been at least a 20/1 SP.

Last year’s winner topped the lot there with a 33/1 score being delivered by Heaven Help Us. That’s been two 33/1 winners of the Coral Cup in the last decade.

So following the trends then it could be a fascinating field to dig through for the Coral Cup betting 2022.

Our betting experts will look at the current state of play in the ante-post market. That’s because along with the ones towards the head of the market, we can browse through some genuine each-way contenders.

Once the final declarations for the race are in, our experts will deliver some more in-depth racing tips.

Coral Cup Odds Cheltenham 2022

While we can take a look at the ante-post Coral Cup odds for 2022, the market will likely take on a different complexion closer to the start of the Festival.

When the final declarations for the Coral Cup, which happens 48 hours out, are in, punters will know exactly who is going to the start.

For now, here is a list of current Coral Cup odds taken at the time of writing.

State Man 7/1
Good Risk At All 8/1
Drop The Anchor 9/1
Saint Felicien 10/1
Thedevilscoachman 10/1
Unexpected Party 12/1
Good Time Jonny 12/1
Winter Fog 12/1
Grand Roi 14/1
Fastorslow 14/1
Camprond 14/1
Gowel Road 16/1
I Am Maximums 16/1
Chemical Energy 16/1
An Epic Song 16/1
Indigo Breeze 16/1
Queens brook 16/1
Deploy The Getaway 16/1
McFabulous 16/1
Party Central 17/1
Burning Victory 18/1
20/1 bar
* (odds recorded at 18:15 GMT on March 9th, 2022 at Coral)

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About the Coral Cup

The Coral Cup was inaugurated into the Cheltenham Festival in 1933 and right from that first edition it was sponsored by bookmaker Coral.

The Coral Cup is a Grade 3 fixture and it was bumped up to that level in 1999. The 2008 edition had to get switched to the New Course because of weather, but it’s a Cheltenham Festival Day 2 fixture on the Old Course.

The distance of the Coral Cup is 2m 5f and there are 10 hurdles in the race, which is a handicap fixture that is open to four-year-olds and up.

Coral Cup contenders – 16th March 2022

Looking at the Coral Cup betting odds for the 2022 renewal we immediately see some big odds even at the front of the market. This is just one of those fixtures at the Festival which generally tends to be wide open.

The current Coral Cup betting favourite at 7/1 is STATE MAN who goes for Willie Mullins* (odds recorded at 18:15 GMT on March 9th, 2022 at Coral).

There was some excellent progress made by State Man in early February when he got off the mark at the second time of asking by winning a maiden at Limerick by 12l.

GOOD RISK AT ALL is a little more exposed and has put in a couple of good runs this year. He opened 2022 with a runner-up finish at Warwick before taking an easy win at Ascot on his follow up as the race favourite.

THEDEVILSCOACHMAN is on an upward curve and will warrant some respect in Coral Cup odds.

On his third run of the season, he won the Grade 2 Boyne Hurdle at Navan at this same 2m 5f distance and could be in it.

Another with some hot form this season is GOOD TIME JONNY who has won his last two handicap hurdle efforts, both of those at Leopardstown.

The progress has been there to see but this will be his biggest challenge yet.

Looking at the ante-post for Coral Cup betting, other big names like UNEXPECTED PARTY, CAMPROND and GRAND ROI all warrant some respect.

Coral Cup Trends Cheltenham 2022

For the next part of this Coral Cup Hurdle Betting Preview 2022, we are going to dive into some of the trends surrounding the event.

To do that, we cast an eye back over the last 20 editions of this Grade 3 fixture.

Seven of the last ten winners of the Coral Cup have been at least 16/1 on the day, so it is worth looking down the market a little bit.

Last year’s winner was Heaven Help Us who scored from a big 33/1 market for trainer Paul Hennessy, with a 7lb claimer Richard Condon taking the saddle.

It is worth looking a little closer at how favourites have fared in this contest. Only one of the last seven favourites in the Coral Cup have made it into the top three.

Coral Cup Trainer Statistics

There is a clear leading trainer that has shown up across the last 20 renewals of the Coral Cup. That is Nicky Henderson who has won four times, those from a sizable 54 entries across that timeframe.

Gordon Elliott is the only other trainer to have won the Coral Cup more than once in the last two decades. He has seen home two winners from eighteen entries into the Coral Cup so he does actually have a better strike rate than Henderson.

Coral Cup Jockey Statistics

The leading jockey from the last two decades is Davy Russell who has scored three times. The most recent of his victories came in 2016 when he brought Diamond King home at 12/1.

The only other jockey in that span to have won the race more than once is Nico de Boinville. Notably, Paul Townend, Aidan Coleman and Tom Scudamore have all had at least 10 attempts without success.

Other Key Coral Cup Trends

Our experts look at some of the other key Coral Cup trends for the Cheltenham Festival. The first of those is a return to look at the odds of the recent winners. While there have been some longer-priced finishers come good, none of the last 20 winners have been bigger than 33/1.

Each of the last 20 winners had also had between 2 and 5 victories over the hurdles and the last win had been over the timbers as well.

Also, each winner in the two decades hadn’t ran in a novice last time out. One final trend to put out there for the Coral Cup is that none of the last 20 winners had scored more than two wins for that given year.

Coral Cup 2021 Review

HEAVEN HELP US got home first in the 2021 edition of the Coral Cup at the Cheltenham Festival. That was from a big 33/1 SP and he cruised to the finish as he was left 9 lengths clear at the last.

That score was taken ahead of 17/1 shot CRAIGNEIGHE who had gone well for a long time in the race. He was trying his best to rally but simply had no answer to Heaven Help Us in the run for home.

TEA CLIPPER was also a 33/1 finisher in the top three of the 2021 Coral Cup at the Cheltenham Festival. He was hampered a little, but that really had no bearing on the outcome as he wasn’t going to reel in the front two.

Cheltenham Festival 2022 Day 2


Day 2 Cheltenham Festival Coral Cups 2022

  • 13:30 The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Coral Cup
  • 14:10 The Brown Advisory Novices’ Steeple Chase
  • 14:50 The Coral Cup Hurdle
  • 15:30 The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase
  • 16:10 The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase
  • 16:50 The Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup
  • 17:30 The Champion Bumper


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Coral Cup Former Winners

Year Winner Odds Jockey Trainer
2021 Heaven Help Us 33/1 Richard Condon Paul Hennessy
2020 Dame De Compagnie 5/1F Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2019 William Henry 28/1 Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson
2018 Bleu Berry 20/1 Mark Walsh Willie Mullins
2017 Supasundae 16/1 Robbie Power Jessica Harrington
2016 Diamond King 12/1 Davy Russell Gordon Elliott
2015 Aux Ptits Soins 9/1 Sam Twiston-Davies Paul Nicholls
2014 Whisper 14/1 Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson
2013 Medinas 33/1 Wayne Hutchinson Alan King
2012 Son Of Flicka 16/1 Jason Maguire Donald McCain

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