This most probably is the most difficult handicap of the entire meeting. 30 runners, all within a few lbs of eachother in the handicap. No wonder it’s sponsored by a bookmaker. It’s usually for their benefit.
That said, if you can find the winner, you’ll get paid out at juicy odds…
Who won the Coral Cup in 2016?
Last year’s race was a red-hot Coral Cup. Diamond King had always been a horse with a huge pot in him and the cards fell for him here under a brilliant ride from Davy Russell, who was riding his 16th Cheltenham Festival winner. He got buried in the pack before creeping closer and would have won with a little more authority had he enjoyed a better passage on the inside.
He’s gone chasing this season and could be a player in a novice handicap come March.
How to find the winner of the Coral Cup?
Blimey. If only we had the answer to this one, we’d be in the Bahamas writing this piece. However, one strong trend does stand out and that is last time winners run better than their odds suggest. 12 of the last 24 Coral Cup winners won their previous start, including Diamond King last season.
That might be something to do with the fact this is a race which has lots of quality at the top of the handicap so horses need to show their hand in order to get a rating which makes them applicable for this evening.
Ante post Coral Cup tip?
To be truthful, not an idea. It’s far too early to be getting involved in a race like this from ante post perspective but I’d be watchful of any Tony Martin runners that look like being lined up for this race.
He’s saddled a winner and two thirds from his six runners.