Coral Cup


The Coral Cup, open to horses aged 4-years-old and above, is a premier handicap run over 2 miles 5 furlongs of the Old Course when 10 hurdles are jumped. It was first staged on 17th March 1993 and has always enjoyed sponsorship by Corals Bookmakers. It is often linked with the Imperial Cup at Sandown, usually staged on the Saturday before the Cheltenham Festival, and sponsors have frequently offered a large bonus for any horse winning both events. In 1999 the prestigious race was promoted to Grade 3 status, and is now a Premier Handicap.
Early history:-The inaugural running of the Coral Cup took place on 17th March 1993 over 2 miles 5 furlongs and 26 yards and was worth £36,546 to the winner. It was won by the Martin Pipe trained Olympian (4/1 jt fav) ridden by Peter Scudamore, beating Sillars Stalker (20/1) and Yellow Spring (20/1) by 2 ½ lengths and 5 lengths to claim a £50,000 bonus having won the previous Saturday's Imperial Cup.
Over the entire history of the race 10% of favourites have been successful, placing the race 26th of the 28 current races.
Over the entire history of the race a level stake bet of £10 on every favourite would have resulted in a £130 loss, placing the race 18th of the current 28 races.
Over the entire history of the race the Irish have been successful 41% of occasions, placing the race 10th of the 28 current races.
Coral Cup Premier Handicap 2 miles 5 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
1993 OLYMPIAN Peter Scudamore Martin Pipe M & N Plant Ltd 4/1 jt fav
1994 TIME FOR A RUN Charlie Swan Edward O'Grady (Ire) Mr John P McManus 11/1
1995 CHANCE COFFEY Gerry O'Neill Pat O'Donnell (Ire) Mr P J O'Donnell 11/1
1996 TRAINGLOT Mark Dwyer Jimmy Fitzgerald Marquesa De Moratalla 11/2
1997 BIG STRAND Jamie Evans Martin Pipe Mr E C Jones 16/1
1998 TOP CEES Barry Fenton Lynda Ramsden Charlton Bloodstock Ltd 11/1
1999 KHAYRAWANI Fran Berry Christy Roche (Ire) Mr John P McManus 16/1
2000 WHAT'S UP BOYS Paul Flynn Philip Hobbs R J B Partners 33/1

Race was not held due to foot & mouth crisis

2002 ILNAMAR Roddi Green Martin Pipe Mr Joe Moran 25/1
2003 XENOPHON Mick Fitzgerald Tony Martin (Ire) Lane Syndicate 4/1 fav
2004 MONKERHOSTIN Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs Mr M G St Quinton 13/2
2005 IDOLE FIRST Alan O'Keeffe Venetia Williams Direct Sales UK Ltd 33/1
2006 SKY'S THE LIMIT Barry Geraghty Edward O'Grady (Ire) Mr Raymond R Rooney 11/1
2007 BUNTOAKBOY Sam Jones Dr Richard Newland Dr Richard & Mrs L Newland 7/1
2008 NAIAD DU MISSELOT Davy Russell Ferdy Murphy Hill, Trembath, Bryan, Outhart 7/1
2009 NINETIETH MINUTE Paddy Flood Tom Taaffe (Ire) Mr D Cox 14/1
2010 SPIRIT RIVER Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson Mr Michael Buckley 14/1
2011 CARLITO BRIGANTE Davy Russell Gordon Elliott (Ire) Gigginstown House Stud 16/1
2012 SON OF FLICKA Jason Maguire Donald McCain Twenty-Four Seven Recruitment 16/1
2013 MEDINAS Wayne Hutchinson Alan King Mr & Mrs F D Bell 33/1
2014 WHISPER Nico De Boinville Nicky Henderson Walters Plant Hire Ltd 14/1
2015 AUX PTITS SOINS Sam Twiston-Davies Paul Nicholls Mr John Hales 9/1
2016 DIAMOND KING Davy Russell Gordon Elliott (Ire) Mrs Diana Whateley 12/1
2017 SUPASUNDAE Robbie Power Jessica Harrington (Ire) Ann & Alan Potts 16/1
2018 BLEU BERRY Mark Walsh Willie Mullins (Ire) Mr Luke McMahon 20/1
2019 WILLIAM HENRY Nico De Boinville Nicky Henderson Walters Plant Hire Ltd 28/1
2020 DAME DE COMPAGNIE Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson Mr John P McManus 5/1 fav
2021 HEAVEN HELP US Richard Condon Paul Hennessy (Ire) Mr J Turner 33/1
2022 COMMANDER OF FLEET Shane Fitzgerald Gordon Elliott (Ire) Gigginstown House Stud 50/1
2023 LANGAR DAN Harry Skelton Dan Skelton Mr Colm Donlon 9/1
2024 LANGAR DAN Harry Skelton Dan Skelton Mr Colm Donlon 13/2