Coral Cup (Grade 3 Handicap Hurdle) 2m 5f

  • (4yo+, 2m 5f, Class 1, 22 runners)
  • Winner £39,907 2nd £14,973 3rd £7,497 4th £3,738 5th £1,876 6th £938
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 9.40s
  • Off time: 16:00:30

Full Result

16:00 Cheltenham
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 6 Carlito Brigante (IRE) G Elliott 5 10-12 t D N Russell 16/1
SP 16/1 Tracked clear pair, close up 5th, went 2nd 2 out, soon challenged going well, led when left 4 lengths clear last, stayed on well flat, readily
2nd 6 8 Bothy B Ellison 5 10-10 Danny Cook (3) 12/1
SP 12/1 In touch, effort to chase leading pair when hit 3 out, soon ridden, 4 lengths down in 3rd when left 2nd last, kept on, no impression with winner
3rd ½ 12 Orsippus (USA) M Smith 5 10-8 D J Condon 33/1
SP 33/1 Mid-divison on inside, headway 4 out, ridden and effort approaching last, 5 lengths down in 4th and one pace when left 3rd last, kept on flat, no impression
4th 9 Battle Group D Pipe 6 10-9 T Scudamore 33/1
SP 33/1 Mid-division on outside, outpaced 2 out, ridden to chase leaders when hung left between last 2, stayed on to go 4th after last, no impression £20000-£500
5th 2 Solix (FR) N J Henderson 5 11-10 B J Geraghty 25/1
SP 25/1 Mid-division, outpaced 3 out, ridden and stayed on to chase leaders approaching last, left 4th briefly last, no impression
6th 26 Dantari (IRE) Evan Williams 6 10-0 J E Moore 25/1
SP 25/1 Led and clear to 5th, headed after 3 out, ridden and lost place after next, no impression approaching last
7th 1 Walkon (FR) A King 6 11-12 R Thornton 16/1
SP 16/1 In touch, driven and outpaced after 3 out, kept on same pace from next, never on terms opened 20/1
8th 7 Arcalis J Howard Johnson 11 10-10 B Hughes 20/1
SP 20/1 Mid-division on inside, outpaced 3 out, never on terms opened 16/1
9th 11 Pistolet Noir (FR) P F Nicholls 5 10-9 Ian Popham (3) 33/1
SP 33/1 Mid-division, outpaced 3 out, never near leaders opened 28/1 £20000-£500
10th 16 Aachen Miss V Williams 7 10-3 R T Dunne (5) 33/1
SP 33/1 Mid-division, mistake 6th, outpaced 3 out, never on terms
11th nk 5 Call The Police (IRE) W P Mullins 8 10-12 R Walsh 7/2f
SP 7/2f Mid-division, headway under pressure to chase leaders 2 out, soon outpaced, weakened last opened 4/1
12th ¾ 22 Mohanad (IRE) Miss S West 5 10-1 J Goldstein 100/1
SP 100/1 Mid-division, outpaced before 3 out, never dangerous
13th 3 Trenchant A King 6 11-7 b Wayne Hutchinson 33/1
SP 33/1 Mid-division, lost place 4 out, soon behind £20000-£500
14th ½ 17 Busker Royal N J Henderson 8 10-2 R J Killoran (3) 40/1
SP 40/1 Held up behind, headway into mid-division 3 out, outpaced next, never near leaders
15th nk 13 Straw Bear (USA) N J Gifford 10 10-7 L Treadwell 33/1
SP 33/1 Mistake 2nd, always behind opened 28/1 £20000-£500
16th nk 4 Aegean Dawn N J Henderson 6 11-3 D Bass (3) 5/1
SP 5/1 Towards rear of mid-division, headway on outside approaching 3 out, outpaced next, weakened before last opened 6/1
17th 15 Ballyhaunis W P Mullins 6 10-7 t P Townend 10/1
SP 10/1 Mid-division, outpaced when hit 3 out, weakened after next
18th 3 21 Lightning Strike (GER) Miss V Williams 8 10-1 Aidan Coleman 14/1
SP 14/1 In touch, outpaced 3 out, weakened next opened 16/1 £10000-£400
19th 27 Song of Songs Jonjo O'Neill 9 10-0 v R P McLernon (3) 66/1
SP 66/1 Towards rear of mid-division, outpaced 3 out, soon weakened opened 50/1
20th 18 10 Tiger O'Toole (IRE) Evan Williams 6 10-9 Paul Moloney 20/1
SP 20/1 Always behind, outpaced when blundered 3 out £10000-£400
21st 19 Lord Ragnar (IRE) N J Henderson 8 10-1 A Tinkler 50/1
SP 50/1 Behind, switched outside and headway into mid-division 5th, ridden and outpaced 3 out, weakened next
F 14 For Non Stop (IRE) Nick Williams 6 10-7 D A Jacob 5/1
SP 5/1 Tracked clear leader, close up 5th, led after 3 out, hard pressed after next, soon ridden, headed and 1 length down in 2nd when fell last opened 6/1
NR 18 Orzare (IRE) G L Moore 5 10-2 A Glassonbury
NR 20 Secret Dancer (IRE) A E Jones 6 10-1 T J O'Brien
NR 23 Montan (FR) A J Martin 7 10-1 Non Runner
NR 24 Gift Of Dgab (IRE) A J Martin 7 10-0 Non Runner
NR 25 Points of View K C Bailey 6 10-0 E Cookson (7)
NR 28 County Zen (FR) P J Hobbs 8 10-0 Non Runner

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £17.80 Tote Place £3.20,£2.70,£8.50,£8.70 Straight Forecast £177.61 Exacta £185.50 Trifecta £5309.20 Swingers 1&2:£45.70 2&3:£106.90 1&3:£207.30

Jackpot £74,164.61 carried forward to Cheltenham, 17th Mar
Placepot £933.20, Pool: £918439.44, 718.42 winning tickets
Quadpot £211.90, Pool: £38065.53, 132.92 winning tickets


A procession from a horse trained to the minute for this race, as CARLITO BRIGANTE spread-eagled the field. Dantari set off like a scolded cat in-front, soon opening up a clear lead, with only For Non Stop prepared to even remotely chase him. He in turn was clear from a chasing pack, which was led by Bothy and the eventual winner. Apart from Pistolet Noir being a bit sloppy over the hurdle in front of the stands, the early stages of the race were pretty unremarkable. The race started to hot up at the top of the hill as For Non Stop jumped past the faltering Dantari, and Nick Williams' charge was still on the bridle as they ran down the hill. However just in-behind him Davy Russell was sitting quiet on Carlito Brigante, with the pair skipping away from the chasing pack. The pair jumped the second-last level, but whilst For Non Stop came off the bridle, his rival was still cruising. Coming to the last, and the winner made quite a serious error, however whilst he managed to recover, his rival seemed to take his eye off the ball and clattered through the flight. He wasn't so lucky and took a heavy fall, with his jockey doing well to avoid the hooves of those filing in behind. The winner was clear, sauntering effortlessly up the hill, and he was evidently a stone ahead of the handicapper; he also seemed to relish the longer trip. Bothy stayed on for second place and seemed to cope with the trip ok. This was a fine effort considering he arguably needs softer ground, whilst Orsippus started to make up some ground before the fourth-last but couldn't cope with the acceleration of the winner. Battle Group, not always the most willing, ran on for fourth having been outpaced, whilst there was an encouraging effort from Solix in fifth. He had to make up quite a bit of ground from off the pace, and whilst he's probably a little high in the handicap, this classy French recruit will be a force when tackling fences over this sort of trip in the future. He also had to avoid the stricken For Non Stop after the last flight which halted his momentum; but for that he might have finished fourth. Considering the strong pace he set, the performance of Dantari in sixth was more than meritorious, whilst Walkon and Arcalis, a couple of greys, were both outpaced but ran on fairly well. Pistolet Noir is a chaser in the making really, and, after having his problems, this was probably a fine run back in ninth. Favourite Call The Police was held-up but made little impression when asked to chase the leaders on the swing for home and he was ultimately well-held; softer ground may suit more. Aegean Dawn, after an interrupted preparation and a hike in the weights, never looked like featuring although it should be said that his jockey doing a good impression of Christophe Pieux, and giving the outside to no-one, would hardly have helped his chance.