Coral Cup

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Coral Cup
Premier Handicap race
LocationCheltenham Racecourse
Cheltenham, England
Race typeHurdle race
Race information
Distance2m 5f (4,225 metres)
QualificationFour-years-old and up
Purse£100,000 (2023)
1st: £56,270
Coral Cup
Royal blue and yellow (quartered), royal blue sleeves, yellow spots, royal blue cap Dark blue, yellow stripe, red cap Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap
Langer Dan An Epic Song Camprond
Previous years
Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap Dark blue, yellow stripe, red cap Emerald green, black stars
Commander Of Fleet Fastorslow Ashdale Bob
TANGERINE, BLACK horse, TANGERINE sleeves, black stripes, TANGERINE cap Red, black armlets Mauve and dark blue check, dark blue sleeves, mauve armlets, hooped cap
Heaven Help Us Craigneiche Tea Clipper
Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Pink, maroon star, striped cap Dark green, white chevron and armlets, quartered cap
Dame De Compagnie Black Tears Thosedaysaregone
Dark blue and white diabolo, hooped sleeves and cap Purple, orange seams, purple cap, orange star Red, white disc, diabolo on sleeves
William Henry Wicklow Brave Ballyandy
Purple, yellow chevron, yellow cap Pink, large purple spots, hooped sleeves Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap
Bleu Berry Topofthegame Barra
Emerald green, yellow chevron and sleeves, red cap Red, emerald green cross of lorraine and sleeves White, red seams, red and white quartered cap
Supasundae Taquin Du Seuil Who Dares Wins
Dark blue, light blue hoop, checked sleeves, white cap Dark green, black hoop, black cap Yellow and dark green diabolo, dark green and yellow striped sleeves, quartered cap
Diamond King Long House Hall Ubak
Yellow, red star, yellow sleeves, white armlets, yellow cap, red star Maroon and white stripes, maroon cap, white hoop Red, pink hoop and armlets
Aux Ptits Soins Zabana Activial
Dark blue and white diabolo, hooped sleeves and cap Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Maroon, white triple diamond, armlets and star on cap
Whisper Get Me Out of Here Bayan
Emerald green and white check, halved sleeves, emerald green cap Red, white hoops, dark blue sleeves, white stars, dark blue cap, white star Red and white hoops, red sleeves, black cap
Medinas Meister Eckhart Fiveforthree
White, royal blue diamond, royal blue and white hooped sleeves, orange cap Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Mauve, yellow seams, yellow cap
Son of Flicka Get Me Out of Here Veiled
Maroon, white star and armlet, maroon cap, white star Black and light blue check, black sleeves, light blue armlets, red cap Dark blue, yellow disc, yellow cap
Carlito Brigante Bothy Orsippus
White, black cap Light blue, white chevrons, white sleeves, light blue armlets, light blue and white striped cap Maroon and light blue stripes, hooped cap
Spirit River Tullamore Dew James De Vassy
Dark blue, emerald green seams, white cap Pink, black diamond and armlets, quartered cap Black, brown stripe
Ninetieth Minute Mirage Dore Pause And Clause
Black and White check, White sleeves, Black armlets Emerald green and yellow (quartered), white sleeves and cap Light blue, dark blue diamond and diamond on cap
Naiad du Misselot Kicks For Free Junior
Purple, emerald green and white hooped sleeves, emerald green cap Maroon, yellow inverted triangle, yellow chevrons on sleeves, black cap Black, red spots, black cap, white spots
Burntoakboy Powerstation Baron De Feypo
Black and yellow quartered, yellow sleeves, black cap, yellow hoop Dark blue, light green triple diamond, hooped sleeves, dark blue cap Orange, black star and star on cap
Sky's The Limit Strangely Brown Dom d'Orgeval
Red, white chevrons, spots on sleeves White, large black spots, black cap BLACK, red hollow box, check cap
Idole First Dancing Bay Tumbling Dice
Pink and yellow diamonds, yellow sleeves and cap Red and Royal Blue diamonds, Emerald Green and Red striped sleeves, Red cap, Emerald Green diamond Dark blue
Monkerhostin Court Shareef Rhinestone Cowboy
Emerald green, red spots, emerald green cap White, blue star on cap Orange, Red seams, Orange cap, Red stars
Xenophon Samon Spectrometer
Purple, yellow chevron, diabolo on sleeves, purple cap Black, white hoops, spots on sleeves, hooped cap Emerald green and yellow hoops, white cap
Ilnamar Joss Naylor Master Tern
Red and black diabolo, hooped sleeves, quartered cap BLACK, white disc, white spots on sleeves, quartered cap Maroon and yellow check, striped sleeves, maroon cap, yellow spots
What's Up Boys Native Dara Ross Moff
Emerald green and yellow hoops, white cap Red, White sash, striped sleeves, hooped cap Yellow, black sash, striped cap
Khayrawani Miltonfield Generosa
Black and red diamonds, white sleeves, red armlets Emerald green and yellow hoops, blue cap Emerald green and yellow hoops, white cap
Top Cees Khayrawani Royal Marine
Yellow, emerald green sash, red sleeves and cap Black, white triple diamond, diabolo on sleeves, white cap Royal blue, white striped sleeves
Big Strand Allegation Castle Sweep
Red, pale green cap Purple, yellow diamonds on body Claret and light blue (quartered), hooped cap
Trainglot Treasure Again New Co
ROYAL BLUE and WHITE HALVED, sleeves reversed, striped cap WHITE and YELLOW DIAMONDS, yellow sleeves, quartered cap Emerald green and yellow hoops, white cap
Chance Coffey Derrymoyle Time for a Run
Emerald green and yellow hoops, white cap Dark blue, emerald green armlets and cap ROYAL BLUE and WHITE HALVED, sleeves reversed, striped cap
Time for a Run So Proud Chance Coffey
Orange and black stripes, orange sleeves, black armlets, green cap White, red inverted triangle, quartered cap, green sleeves Brown, red spots, sleeves and cap
Olympian Sillars Stalker Yellow Spring

The Coral Cup is a Premier Handicap National Hunt hurdle race in Great Britain which is open to horses aged four years or older. It is run on the Old Course at Cheltenham over a distance of about 2 miles and 5 furlongs (4,225 metres), and during its running there are ten hurdles to be jumped. It is a handicap race, and it is scheduled to take place each year during the Cheltenham Festival in March.

The event was established in 1993, and it has been sponsored by Coral throughout its history. The inaugural winner, Olympian, was given a bonus prize of £50,000 for having won the Imperial Cup the previous weekend. The race was promoted to Grade 3 status in 1999 and was re-classified as a Premier Handicap from the 2023 running when Grade 3 status was renamed by the British Horseracing Authority.[1]

There were high winds on the day of the planned running in 2008, so the Coral Cup was rescheduled and run on Cheltenham's New Course. The distance of the rearranged event was 2 miles and 4½ furlongs.


Most successful horse:

  • no horse has won this race more than once

Leading jockey (3 wins):

  • Davy RussellNaiad de Misselot (2008), Carlito Brigante (2011), Diamond King (2016)
  • Barry Geraghty - Sky's The Limit (2006), Spirit River (2010), Dame De Compagnie (2020)

Leading trainer (4 wins):

  • Nicky Henderson - Spirit River (2010), Whisper (2014), William Henry (2019), Dame De Compagnie (2020)


Year Winner Age Weight Jockey Trainer
1993 Olympian 6 10-00 Peter Scudamore Martin Pipe
1994 Time for a Run 7 11-08 Charlie Swan Edward O'Grady
1995 Chance Coffey 10 10-00 Gerry O'Neill Pat O'Donnell
1996 Trainglot 9 10-03 Mark Dwyer Jimmy FitzGerald
1997 Big Strand 8 10-00 Jamie Evans Martin Pipe
1998 Top Cees 8 10-00 Barry Fenton Lynda Ramsden
1999 Khayrawani 7 11-03 Fran Berry Christy Roche
2000 What's Up Boys 6 10-03 Paul Flynn[a] Philip Hobbs
2001 no race 2001 [b]
2002 Ilnamar 6 10-05 Rodi Greene Martin Pipe
2003 Xenophon 7 11-00 Mick Fitzgerald Tony Martin
2004 Monkerhostin 7 10-08 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
2005 Idole First 6 10–10 Alan O'Keeffe Venetia Williams
2006 Sky's the Limit 5 11–12 Barry Geraghty Edward O'Grady
2007 Burntoakboy 9 09-12 Sam Jones Richard Newland
2008 Naiad du Misselot 7 10–13 Davy Russell Ferdy Murphy
2009 Ninetieth Minute 6 10-03 Paddy Flood Tom Taaffe
2010 Spirit River 5 11-02 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2011 Carlito Brigante 5 10–12 Davy Russell Gordon Elliott
2012 Son of Flicka 8 10-06 Jason Maguire Donald McCain
2013 Medinas 6 11–10 Wayne Hutchinson Alan King
2014 Whisper 6 11-06 Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson
2015 Aux Ptits Soins 5 10-07 Sam Twiston-Davies Paul Nicholls
2016 Diamond King 8 11-03 Davy Russell Gordon Elliott
2017 Supasundae 7 11-04 Robbie Power Jessica Harrington
2018 Bleu Berry 7 11-02 Mark Walsh Willie Mullins
2019 William Henry 9 11-10 Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson
2020 Dame De Compagnie 7 10-12 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2021 Heaven Help Us 7 10-02 Richard Condon Paul Hennessy
2022 Commander Of Fleet 7 11–10 Shane Fitzgerald Gordon Elliott
2023 Langer Dan 6 11–00 Harry Skelton Dan Skelton
  1. ^ amateur jockey
  2. ^ The 2001 running was cancelled because of a foot-and-mouth crisis

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Jump Pattern Committee update 22/23 season". British Horseracing Authority. Retrieved 3 March 2023.

External links[edit]

  • Race Recordings [1]