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14:30 Cheltenham

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

  • 26 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 5f
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
  • £75,000 added
  • Winner: £42,202
  • 2nd: £15,900
  • 3rd: £7,958
  • 4th: £3,975
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 5m 8.59s
  • Off Time: 14:33:48
  • 26 Ran
4th
Silk -
28/1

    1
    Silk - Dark Blue, Light Blue hoop, checked sleeves and cap
    14/1
    • Form 2313-33
    • Age 8
    • Weight 11-12
    • Official Rating 155

    always towards rear, never on terms

    2
    Silk - White, emerald green chevrons, red cap
    • Form 411-312
    • Age 5
    • Weight 11-6
    • Official Rating 149

    mid-division, weakened before 2 out

    3
    Silk - Pink, Light Green spots, Pink sleeves and cap
    12/1
    • Form 1F02/16
    • Age 9
    • Weight 11-3
    • Official Rating 146

    held up towards rear, some headway on inside when badly hampered by faller after the last, eased

    4
    Silk - Emerald Green, Dark Green sleeves, white cap
    33/1
    • Form 14442-9
    • Age 8
    • Weight 11-2
    • Official Rating 145

    chased leaders, ridden before the last, plugged on run-in

    5
    Silk - Emerald Green, Dark Green sleeves, Dark Green and Emerald Green quartered cap
    14/1
    • Form 2141-81
    • Age 5
    • Weight 11-2
    • Official Rating 145

    slowly into stride, soon mid-division on inside, awkward 4th, headway chasing leaders 4 out, keeping on same pace pressing for places when badly hampered by faller after the last, weakened and no chance after

    6
    Silk - Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap
    12/1
    • Form P/38-U63
    • Age 7
    • Weight 11-1
    • Official Rating 144

    held up towards rear, headway on inside when not clear run and switched right before the last, slightly hampered after the last, kept on towards finish

    7
    Silk - Royal Blue, Emerald Green diamonds, Emerald Green sleeves, striped cap

    Sayo

    38 p
    28/1
    • Form 00-8187
    • Age 7
    • Weight 11-0
    • Official Rating 143

    held up towards rear, steady headway before the last, kept on well run-in, almost snatched well held 3rd

    8
    Silk - Royal blue and yellow (quartered), royal blue sleeves, yellow spots, royal blue cap
    33/1
    • Form 317-FPP
    • Age 6
    • Weight 11-0
    • Official Rating 143

    always towards rear, never on terms

    9
    Silk - White, dark green hoops, white sleeves and cap
    17/2
    • Form 21-1406
    • Age 5
    • Weight 10-13
    • Official Rating 142

    chased winner until 3rd, chased leaders, weakened before 3 out, tailing off when pulled up before next

    10
    Silk - Mauve and dark blue check, dark blue sleeves, mauve armlets, hooped cap
    33/1
    • Form 112-155
    • Age 6
    • Weight 10-12
    • Official Rating 141

    chased leaders, keeping on same pace in 3rd when hampered by faller after the last, never any chance with winner

    11
    Silk - Red, Light Blue Cross of Lorraine and armlets, White cap

    Burbank (IRE)

    43 p D
    125/1
    • Form 518P-13
    • Age 9
    • Weight 10-11
    • Official Rating 140

    mid-division out wide, pushed along and outpaced between last 2, weakened and lost places run-in

    12
    Silk - RED, BLACK armlets
    17/2
    • Form 131-1
    • Age 7
    • Weight 10-10
    • Official Rating 139

    mid-division, headway approaching 2 out, left in well held 2nd and slightly hampered by faller after the last, no chance with easy winner

    13
    Silk - Yellow and royal blue (quartered), dark blue sleeves, yellow and dark blue quartered cap
    50/1
    • Form 0-34331
    • Age 9
    • Weight 10-10
    • Official Rating 139

    always towards rear, never a factor, tailed off

    14
    Silk - Red, Royal Blue sleeves, White armlets
    • Form 821F31
    • Age 9
    • Weight 10-10
    • Official Rating 139

    mid-division, weakened 3 out

    15
    Silk - TANGERINE, BLACK horse, TANGERINE sleeves, black stripes, TANGERINE cap
    33/1
    • Form 175441
    • Age 7
    • Weight 10-9
    • Official Rating 138

    made all, came clear from 2 out, 8 lengths ahead last, kept on strongly, unchallenged

    16
    Silk - Emerald Green, Yellow hoops, Emerald Green cap, White star
    14/1
    • Form 12/14P-P
    • Age 6
    • Weight 10-9
    • Official Rating 138

    held up towards rear, headway chasing leaders before 3 out, went 2nd between last 2, 8 lengths down and no impression when slithered on landing and fell last

    17
    Silk - Royal blue, yellow hoop, armlets and star on cap
    28/1
    • Form 3-11410
    • Age 6
    • Weight 10-8
    • Official Rating 137

    held up and always towards rear

    18
    Silk - Red, White stars, Black sleeves and cap
    20/1
    • Form 13-115P
    • Age 8
    • Weight 10-8
    • Official Rating 137

    chased leaders, weakened tailed off

    19
    Silk - Emerald green, yellow hoops, emerald green and yellow quartered cap
    33/1
    • Form 431/2-40
    • Age 8
    • Weight 10-6
    • Official Rating 135

    mid-division, pushed along before 3 out,

    20
    Silk - Dark blue, royal blue seams, white sleeves, red and white striped cap
    • Form 20-1428
    • Age 7
    • Weight 10-6
    • Official Rating 135

    raced keenly chasing leaders, hit 2 out, weakened soon after

    21
    Silk - Dark blue and white diabolo, emerald green and white check sleeves, white cap, red star
    40/1
    • Form 31-634P
    • Age 6
    • Weight 10-6
    • Official Rating 135

    towards rear, tailed off 3 out, pulled up before next

    22
    Silk - Black, Black and Pink check cap
    • Form 31FP51
    • Age 7
    • Weight 10-6
    • Official Rating 135

    steadied rear, never a factor, tailed off

    23
    Silk - Red, Black diamond, Red sleeves, Yellow diamonds, Black cap, Red diamonds
    • Form 2-14116
    • Age 5
    • Weight 10-6
    • Official Rating 135

    mid-division on inside, headway chasing leaders between last 2, weakened run-in

    24
    Silk - Purple, beige star, purple sleeves, beige stars and cap
    80/1
    • Form 4/559-47
    • Age 6
    • Weight 10-4
    • Official Rating 133

    always towards rear

    25
    Silk - Pink, Purple epaulets, striped sleeves, Purple and pink hooped cap
    • Form 0/U2-144
    • Age 8
    • Weight 10-3
    • Official Rating 132

    held up towards rear, headway and plugged on run-in

    26
    Silk - Light blue, white epaulets, halved sleeves, red cap
    • Form 342-121
    • Age 8
    • Weight 10-1
    • Official Rating 130

    chased leaders, went 2nd 3rd, hit 6th lost 2nd between last 2, weakened quickly before the last

    Previous results

    In depth

    Verdict

    Nicky Henderson and Willie Mullins both have four entries. The former is chasing a hat-trick in this valuable handicap after the victories of William Henry and Dame De Compaigne in the last two years and he also trained the winner in 2010 and 2014. Craigneche went up 12lb after making a winning reappearance in a Grade 3 at Ascot in January but that was his first run in more than a year and only his fourth in total. He beat a good yardstick by seven lengths and there is a possibility that he is a bit better than a handicapper. Monte Cristo and Birchdale also have claims while Paul Townend rides the lightly-raced Koshari of the Mullins quartet. Grand Roi will have his supporters given he’s been campaigned in decent company this season, though he has not proved his stamina over this trip. Sneaky Getaway had an unusual prep race on the Polytrack at Dundalk and is worth a market check and Guard Your Dreams was a respectable sixth in the Betfair Hurdle last month. BOTOX HAS was more than 16 lengths behind Craigneche at Ascot but did meet some trouble in-running and enjoys a big turnaround in the weights. He has two wins and a second to his name around here so gets a tentative vote with Heaven Help Us, Shang Tang, Thomas Darby and Shakem Up’Arry possibly best of the rest.

    Formwatch

    Thomas Darby (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Held up in touch in last trio, closer 6th, pushed along chasing leaders after 3 out, ridden to lead briefly before 2 out, no extra in 3rd 2 out, kept on run-in pressing for modest 2nd, 3rd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Mcfabulous (11-3) at Kempton 2m 5f (1) sft in Jan.

    Grand Roi (FR) 5-1 (11-10) Prominent in 2nd, under pressure before 2 out, no impression from before last where slight mistake, kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 5, 4 3/4l behind Bachasson (11-3) at Naas 2m (1) Soft - Heavy in Jan.

    Koshari (FR) 10-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, mistake 3rd, ridden after 2 out, stayed on into 7th last, kept on same pace run-in, 6th of 22, 20 1/2l behind Maze Runner (9-13) at Leopardstown 3m hcp Soft - Heavy in Feb.

    Janika (FR) 5-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, headway approaching 7th, pushed along before 2 out, soon weakened, 9th of 12, dist behind Craigneiche (10-6) at Ascot 2m 3f hcp (1) sft in Jan.

    Monte Cristo (FR) 25-1 (11-7) Chased leaders on inside, headway to lead before the last, soon quickened clear, stayed on strongly run-in, won at Kempton 2m 5f hcp (3) gs in Dec beating Ecco (11-5) by 7l, 15 ran.

    Birchdale (IRE) 11-2 (11-4) Held up in mid-division, ridden on outside 2f out, stayed on from over 1f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, never going pace to challenge, 3rd of 12, 2 3/4l behind Young Lieutenant (11-4) at Kempton 2m 2f (4) pol in Feb.

    Sayo 50-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, progress into mid-division after 3 out, ridden in 8th 2 out, no impression entering straight, kept on one pace, 7th of 22, 21 3/4l behind Maze Runner (9-13) at Leopardstown 3m hcp Soft - Heavy in Feb.

    Saint Sonnet (FR) 9-2jfav (11-8) Raced out wide in mid-division, pushed along before 10th, weakened before next, behind and pulled up soon after, at Ascot 2m 3f hcp (2) hvy in Dec.

    Botox Has (FR) 10-1 (11-9) Towards rear, mistake 6th, went modest 6th before last, never dangerous, 6th of 12, 16 1/2l behind Craigneiche (10-6) at Ascot 2m 3f hcp (1) sft in Jan.

    Tea Clipper (IRE) 15-8fav (11-4) Held up in touch, ridden on outside over 3f out, pressed leader over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 10, 6l behind Proschema (11-10) at Newcastle 2m (4) pol in Feb.

    Burbank (IRE) 7-2 (11-6) Mid-division, took closer order 7f out, ridden along 3f out, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 13, 10 1/4l behind Not That Fuisse (11-0) at Newcastle 2m (4) pol in Feb.

    Craigneiche (IRE) 14-1 (10-6) Always handy, led 2 out, asserting last, drew clear flat, readily, won at Ascot 2m 3f hcp (1) sft in Jan beating Arrivederci (11-2) by 7l, 12 ran.

    Boreham Bill (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Held up in mid-division, headway chasing leaders before 3 out, came wide in home straight and led before 2 out, kept on well, won at Kempton 2m 5f hcp lst (1) sft in Jan beating Misty Whisky (10-2) by 2 1/4l, 20 ran.

    Garo De Juilley (FR) (10-10) won at Pau 2m 4f lst hvy in Feb beating Ajas (10-12) by 2 1/2l, 9 ran.

    Heaven Help Us (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Chased leader, 2nd halfway, challenged 2 out and soon disputed, ridden to lead entering straight, steadied last, strongly pressed closing stages, all out, won at Leopardstown 2m 2f hcp Soft - Heavy in Feb beating Global Equity (10-7) by nk, 20 ran.

    Blue Sari (FR) 28-1 (11-5) Always towards rear, no impression when mistake when mistake 2 out, eased and pulled up before last, at Leopardstown 2m hcp Soft - Heavy in Feb.

    Dysart Diamond (IRE) 7-2fav (11-2) Held up towards rear, progress into mid-division before 2 out, ridden and badly hampered 2 out, soon no extra, 15th of 20, dist behind Heaven Help Us (10-12) at Leopardstown 2m 2f hcp Soft - Heavy in Feb.

    Sneaky Getaway (IRE) 9-4 (9-9) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, 3rd 4f out, ridden in 2nd 2f out, no impression on leader over 1f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 8, 5l behind Grandmaster Flash (9-9) at Dundalk 2m pol in Feb.

    Palmers Hill (IRE) 11-1 (11-11) Midfield, headway to track leaders 4 out, lost position 3 out, soon weakened, 13th of 16, dist behind Polish (11-4) at Newbury 3m hcp (2) gs in Feb.

    Shakem Up'arry (IRE) 11-1 (10-10) Mid-division, ridden approaching 2 out, outpaced before last, plugged on through beaten rivals flat, 8th of 23, 12l behind Soaring Glory (10-7) at Newbury 2m hcp (1) gs in Feb.

    Our Power (IRE) 10-1 (11-13) Chased leaders, not fluent and lost place 4th, struggling 9th, well beaten from 3 out, pulled up before 2 out, at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp (3) hvy in Feb.

    Shang Tang (IRE) 15-8 (11-12) Raced wide tracked leader, led bend approaching last, pushed out, comfortable, won at Fakenham 2m 4f (3) sft in Feb beating Captain Morgs (11-8) by 4 3/4l, 4 ran.

    Guard Your Dreams 14-1 (10-9) Held up in mid-division, outpaced after 5th, nudged along before 3 out, ridden before 2 out, stayed on well after last, 6th of 23, 7l behind Soaring Glory (10-7) at Newbury 2m hcp (1) gs in Feb.

    Nelson River 9-2 (9-13) Midfield on outside, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 11, 13 1/4l behind The Rutland Rebel (9-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp (6) pol in Feb.

    Dans Le Vent (FR) 12-1 (10-8) Mistake 6th, towards rear, headway on inside chasing leaders after 3 out, 4th and one pace between last 2, 4th of 15, 8l behind Shannon Bridge (10-9) at Ascot 2m 3f hcp (2) sft in Feb.

    Witness Protection (IRE) 9-2 (11-5) Chased leader, led before 3 out, ridden when not fluent last, hard pressed flat, found more to hold 2nd towards finish, won at Chepstow 2m (4) sft in Jan beating Can You Call (10-12) by 1/2l, 11 ran.