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14:50 Cheltenham

Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (Class 1)

  • 25 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 5f
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
  • £100,000 added
  • Winner: £56,270
  • 2nd: £21,200
  • 3rd: £10,610
  • 4th: £5,300
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 5m 25.40s
  • Off Time: 14:52:41
  • 25 Ran
1
Silk - Emerald Green & yellow hoops, Royal Blue cap
40/1
  • Form 55-3114
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-12
  • Official Rating 154

in touch on outside, lost place before 2 out, ridden and weakened before last

2
Silk - Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap
33/1
  • Form F8P751
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-11
  • Official Rating 153

slowly away, in rear, pushed along after 4 out, headway under pressure 2 out, ridden to chase leaders before last, stayed on into narrow 4th flat, no impression

3
Silk - Red, pink hoop and armlets
  • Form 13-3354
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-7
  • Official Rating 149

mid-division on inside, pushed along before 2 out, ridden between last 2, kept on same pace, never a threat

4
Silk - Light blue, orange star, light blue sleeves, orange stars, light blue cap, orange star
33/1
  • Form 11F/14-3
  • Age 9
  • Weight 11-6
  • Official Rating 148

held up behind, headway after 2 out, ridden to chase leaders before last, kept on same pace, no impression

5
Silk - Emerald Green, Dark Green sleeves, Dark Green and Emerald Green quartered cap
50/1
  • Form 76-2225
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-6
  • Official Rating 148

mid-division on outside, headway 4 out, ridden turning in, never reached leaders, weakened last

6
Silk - Dark blue, yellow hoop, white sleeves, dark blue cap, yellow star
  • Form 1-172
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-6
  • Official Rating 148

in touch on inside, lost place 3 out, behind from next, pulled up before last

7
Silk - Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap
20/1
  • Form 122120
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-4
  • Official Rating 146

disputed lead to 3 out, driven and lost place approaching next, weakened before last

8
Silk - Emerald Green, Yellow hoops, Emerald Green cap, White star
14/1
  • Form 1/11P-3
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-4
  • Official Rating 146

towards rear, headway after 2 out, ridden before last, kept on flat, never reached leaders

9
Silk - Light green, royal blue star, sleeves and cap

Canardier (FR)

74 h CD
13/2
  • Form 153-7F7
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-3
  • Official Rating 145

mid-division, driven to chase leaders when hampered 2 out, staying on same pace in 6th when fell last

10
Silk - Maroon, white star & armlet, white cap
40/1
  • Form 2-512F0
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-3
  • Official Rating 145

mid-division, driven when hampered 2 out, ridden and one pace before last, never threatened leaders

11
Silk - Royal Blue, Emerald Green diamonds, Emerald Green sleeves, striped cap

Sayo

38
33/1
  • Form 418P30
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-3
  • Official Rating 145

held up towards rear on outside, outpaced when blundered 2 out, soon ridden, never involved

12
Silk - Royal blue, white seams, white and royal blue hooped cap

Stratum

71
14/1
  • Form 0-41924
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-3
  • Official Rating 145

towards rear on inside, struggling 3 out, weakened after next, pulled up before last

13
Silk - YELLOW, RED star, YELLOW sleeves, WHITE armlets, YELLOW cap, RED star
12/1
  • Form 57-2213
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-2
  • Official Rating 144

mid-division, headway on outside 2 out, driven to chase leaders turning in, ridden before last, soon beaten

15
Silk - PINK, maroon star, striped cap
12/1
  • Form 3P2312
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-2
  • Official Rating 144

tracked leaders, challenged turning in, led narrowly approaching last, ridden and headed flat, kept on, no extra near finish

16
Silk - Brown, yellow star and sleeves, yellow cap, brown star
66/1
  • Form 8-334FF
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-1
  • Official Rating 143

chased leaders, mistake 4th, driven and lost place 4 out, behind from next

17
Silk - Mauve and black (quartered), mauve sleeves, white cap
25/1
  • Form 011/21-F
  • Age 10
  • Weight 11-0
  • Official Rating 142

in touch on inside, driven and lost place 3 out, behind from next

18
Silk - Emerald Green, Yellow stars, seams on sleeves, star on cap
100/1
  • Form 31-2364
  • Age 10
  • Weight 11-0
  • Official Rating 142

held up towards rear, pushed along when blundered and unseated rider 2 out

19
Silk - EMERALD GREEN & yellow HOOPED, Red cap
14/1
  • Form 641512
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-0
  • Official Rating 142

disputed lead, definate leader 3 out, driven turning in, soon ridden and hard pressed, headed narrowly approaching last, no extra flat

20
Silk - Yellow, emerald green star, yellow sleeves, purple armlets, emerald green cap, yellow star
8/1
  • Form 36-1222
  • Age 7
  • Weight 10-13
  • Official Rating 141

in touch on outside, blundered and lost place 2 out, not recover and soon behind, weakened and pulled up before last

21
Silk - Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap
  • Form 1521/51
  • Age 7
  • Weight 10-12
  • Official Rating 140

held up in touch, tracked leaders 3 out, shaken up to challenge approaching last, ridden to lead flat, stayed on well, asserted near finish

22
Silk - Eau de nil, crimson sash, collar, cuffs and cap
33/1
  • Form 2U5-141
  • Age 7
  • Weight 10-12
  • Official Rating 140

tracked front pair, close 2nd 3 out, driven and every chance turning in, ridden and lost place before last, kept on same pace under pressure flat

23
Silk - Dark green, white chevron and armlets, quartered cap
  • Form 4518-61
  • Age 7
  • Weight 10-11
  • Official Rating 139

in touch, driven to chase leaders after 2 out, not clear run and switched inside before last, soon every chance, ridden and hung left flat, no impression with front pair towards finish

24
Silk - Black, yellow seams, yellow and black chevrons on sleeves, check cap
66/1
  • Form 230/01P
  • Age 8
  • Weight 10-11
  • Official Rating 139

towards rear, driven and stayed on into mid-division after 2 out, kept on same pace, never a threat

25
Silk - White, black cap
14/1
  • Form 26/23-F1
  • Age 7
  • Weight 10-10
  • Official Rating 138

tracked leaders, close up when blundered 2 out, driven and one pace between last 2, lost place and held when hampered last, weakened flat

26
Silk - Red and white diabolo, black sleeves, white stars, red cap

Fagan

25
66/1
  • Form P122P/7
  • Age 10
  • Weight 10-10
  • Official Rating 138

towards rear, outpaced 2 out, never a threat

14
NR
  • Form 21-3300
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-2
  • Official Rating 144

NonRunner

Previous results

In depth

Verdict

No favourite has won this in 16 years and there has only been one winner in 10 years which has started shorter than 12/1. A few of these have been chasing including Traffic Fluide, who was alongside winner Riders Onthe Storm when falling at the last in the Ascot Chase. Ballymoy may also benefit from a return to the smaller obstacles and is only a pound higher than when successful in a Grade 3 at Ascot last season. Willie Mullins saddles an incredible seven runners but Paul Townend rides the unexposed five-year-old Franco De Port and he may be the pick ahead of Bachasson having chased home useful stablemate Stormy Ireland in a Grade 3 at Naas in January. Gordon Elliott has three entries, not including reserve Everybreathyoutake, and Nicky Henderson is also triple-handed. Burrows Edge and the mare Dame De Compagnie were both winners last time while Birchdale still has untapped potential. CHAMPAGNE WELL has twice finished second over 3m since winning over course and distance in October. He runs in only his second handicap and could be overpriced on ground that will suit while Protektorat has really come into his own since upped in trip. The latter’s win over 2m4f here on New Year’s Day has been franked and he’s since finished third in a Grade 2 on the track when given plenty to do, though has been raised a further 5lb. Thosedaysaregone is also worth a second look as his trainer knows the time of day in handicaps like this.

Formwatch

Kilfenora (IRE) 9-4fav (11-3) Tracked leaders, mistake 2nd, effort straight, no impression from 2 out, kept on run-in into 4th near line, 4th of 8, 14l behind Cracking Smart (11-3) at Navan 2m 5f (1) hvy in Feb.

Cracking Smart (FR) 16-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, slight mistake 7th, headway and slight mistake 3 out, soon closed travelling smoothly, led approaching 2 out, soon went on, stayed on well run-in, comfortably, won at Navan 2m 5f (1) hvy in Feb beating Penhill (11-3) by 4l, 8 ran.

Eglantine Du Seuil (FR) 20-1 (11-1) Towards rear, 15th on outer bypassing 2 out, headway entering straight, ridden to dispute lead at last, headed after last, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 22, 1 1/2l behind Thosedaysaregone (10-1) at Leopardstown 2m hcp Yielding in Feb.

Bachasson (FR) 11-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, soon raced in 5th, closed travelling smoothly from 3 out, 3rd 2 out, soon no impression and one pace, 3rd of 8, 9l behind Cracking Smart (11-3) at Navan 2m 5f (1) hvy in Feb.

Ballymoy (IRE) 9-2 (11-10) Held up in touch, ridden and weakened before 2 out, 5th of 8, 7 3/4l behind Thomas Darby (11-12) at Ascot 2m 3f hcp (1) hvy in Jan.

Franco De Port (FR) 7-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders in moderate 4th, not fluent 2nd, closer 4th entering straight, ridden in 3rd 2 out, soon no impression on leaders, went moderate 2nd after last, kept on without threatening winner, 2nd of 7, 6l behind Stormy Ireland (11-1) at Naas 2m (1) Yielding - Soft in Jan.

Top Moon (FR) 25-1 (11-3) Mid-division on inner, no impression from 3 out, never a factor, 13th of 22, 13 1/4l behind Thosedaysaregone (10-1) at Leopardstown 2m hcp Yielding in Feb.

Birchdale (IRE) 13-8 (11-1) Close up in 4th, went poor 3rd 5 out, plugged on, 3rd of 4, 32l behind Angels Breath (11-1) at Ascot 2m 3f (3) sft in Nov.

Canardier (FR) 8-1 (11-12) Waited with, mistake 3rd and not fluent jumping after, 9th from 4th, never a factor, 7th of 10, dist behind Easy Game (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 5f Yielding in Dec.

Coko Beach (FR) 7-1 (11-6) Settled behind leaders, moderate 6th halfway, closer 4 out, ridden and no extra before straight, weakened 3 out, 11th of 12, dist behind Kilfenora (11-10) at Navan 2m 4f hcp Soft - Heavy in Jan.

Sayo 66-1 (11-9) Rear of mid-division, 14th 3 out, no impression from next, 12th of 28, 32 1/2l behind Treacysenniscorthy (10-6) at Leopardstown 3m hcp Yielding in Feb.

Stratum 3-1 (11-8) Held up in 6th, went 5th 4 out, 3rd when left moderate 2nd 3 out, ridden in moderate 2nd next, no impression on winner before last, dropped to 4th after last, no impression, 4th of 7, 8 1/2l behind Burrows Saint (11-4) at Punchestown 2m 4f Good - Yielding in Dec.

Protektorat (FR) 13-2 (11-10) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, not much room and stumbled 3rd, headway 2 out, went 3rd flat, kept on, 3rd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Harry Senior (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 4f (1) sft in Jan.

Black Tears 4-1 (10-11) Held up in 4th, not fluent 6th, pushed along 3 out, ridden in 3rd 2 out, 3rd at last, kept on without threatening winner to go 2nd close home, 2nd of 5, 2 1/2l behind Elfile (11-3) at Punchestown 2m 4f (1) hvy in Feb.

The Mighty Don (IRE) 8-11fav (11-0) Prominent, led 3rd, 3 lengths clear when fell last, at Market Rasen 3m (4) gs in Feb.

Traffic Fluide (FR) 40-1 (11-7) Held up last, outpaced 11th, headway on outside before 2 out, went 2nd 2 out, keeping on hanging right and every chance when fell heavily last, at Ascot 2m 5f (1) sft in Feb.

Chesterfield (IRE) 40-1 (11-3) Held up, last, ridden in modest 4th after 3 out, dropped to last and mistake 2 out, plugged on, 4th of 5, 24l behind William Henry (11-7) at Fontwell 2m 3f (1) sft in Feb.

Alfa Mix 6-1 (11-0) Settled behind leaders, 4th halfway, closer 4 out, closed up behind leaders 3 out, 2nd travelling well before 2 out, slight mistake 2 out, ridden before last, kept on well without reaching winner run-in, 2nd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Kilfenora (11-10) at Navan 2m 4f hcp Soft - Heavy in Jan.

Champagne Well (IRE) 7-4jfav (11-1) Waited with in rear, outpaced when hit 4 out, rallied into 2nd on outside before next, every chance last, weakened run-in, finished tired, 2nd of 5, 17l behind Ramses De Teillee (11-1) at Doncaster 3m (1) gs in Jan.

Dame De Compagnie (FR) 2-1fav (11-7) Mid-division, steady headway from 3 out, challenged last, led flat, went clear, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp (2) sft in Dec beating Indefatigable (11-12) by 4 1/2l, 16 ran.

Honest Vic (IRE) 10-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, went 2nd before 4 out, led before 2 out, stayed on well from last, won at Kempton 2m 5f hcp (3) sft in Dec beating Star Of Lanka (11-9) by 2 3/4l, 16 ran.

Thosedaysaregone (IRE) 7-1 (10-1) Rear of mid-division, headway on outer entering straight, ridden in 5th at last, stayed on strongly run-in to lead last strides, won at Leopardstown 2m hcp Yielding in Feb beating Golden Jewel (9-11) by 1 1/4l, 22 ran.

Golan Fortune (IRE) 14-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, good headway on outside chasing leaders before 3 out, hung right and weakened before next, pulled up soon after, at Sandown 2m 7f hcp (1) hvy in Feb.

Burrows Edge (FR) 5-1 (11-4) Held up in last pair, still plenty to do when taken to wide outside before 2 out, closed to track leaders 2 out, over 2 lengths 3rd and staying on when left in clear lead at the last, won at Kempton 2m 5f hcp lst (1) gs in Jan beating Vive Le Roi (11-9) by 9l, 13 ran.

Fagan 33-1 (10-13) Held up in rear, headway before 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 10, 20l behind Welsh Saint (10-7) at Haydock 3m hcp (2) hvy in Feb.

Mister Blue Sky (IRE) 20-1 (11-3) Mid-division, bad mistake 4th, 11th bypassing 2 out, no impression, 14th of 22, 14 1/4l behind Thosedaysaregone (10-1) at Leopardstown 2m hcp Yielding in Feb.