|Grade 3 race|
|Race type||Hurdle race|
|Distance||2m 5f (4,225 metres)|
|Qualification||Four-years-old and up|
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):
- Barry Geraghty – Sky's the Limit (2006), Spirit River (2010)
Leading trainer (3 wins):
- Martin Pipe – Olympian (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|
|no race 2001 |
|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.
- pedigreequery.com – Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle – Cheltenham.
- racenewsonline.co.uk – Racenews Archive (February 21, 2008).