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Coral Cup

Grade 3 race
Coral Cup
Location Cheltenham Racecourse
Cheltenham, England
Inaugurated 1993
Race type Hurdle race
Sponsor Coral
Website Cheltenham
Race information
Distance 2m 5f (4,225 metres)
Track Turf, left-handed
Qualification Four-years-old and up
Weight Handicap
Purse £75,000 (2010)
1st: £42,758

The Coral Cup is a Grade 3 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.

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 (2 wins):

Leading trainer (3 wins):

  • Martin PipeOlympian (1993), Big Strand (1997), Ilnamar (2002)


  • Weights given in stones and pounds; Amateur jockeys indicated by "Mr".







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 Mr Paul Flynn Philip Hobbs
2001 no race 2001 [1]
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

1 The 2001 running was cancelled because of a foot-and-mouth crisis.


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