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Coral Cup betting tips: Two against the field for Wednesday's Cheltenham feature handicap hurdle

Brian Healy looks ahead to the Coral Cup on day two of the Cheltenham Festival and he picks out two against the field for the competitive contest.

The third race of the afternoon on day two of the Cheltenham Festival, the ultra-competitive Coral Cup goes to post at 2.50pm and the 2m 5f contest is sure to be another fierce renewal.

The winner of the weekend’s Imperial Cup could well be turned out quickly in a bid to land a big bonus prize to go with the £55,000 first prize that is on offer in the race, and a maximum field of 26 runners will face the starters’ tapes for what promises to be another fantastic contest.

Boasting a winners’ roll-of-honour which features the likes of Supasundae, Aux Ptits Soins, Whisper and Spirit River in recent seasons, and the race is always prone to throw up a big priced winner; indeed, the shortest winning price of the winner of this race in the past ten years has been 9/1 - twice, while two 33/1 chances have prevailed.

Brian Healy assesses the potential field for the Wednesday handicap highlight, and he picks out his two against the field for the competitive contest.

Gordon Elliott could land another Coral Cup success with Cracking Smart.



Irish trained runners have won the last three renewals of this race, and CRACKING SMART (14/1, Boylesport) can go well for Gordon Elliott.

Touted last season as a top novice prospect, the Great Pretender gelding was forced to miss out on a Festival appearance; but he had shown some top class form in winning three of his first four starts over hurdles which included a Cork Listed contest where he readily beat Robin Des Foret.

From there he locked horns with Next Destination in subsequent starts at Navan and Naas, and although beaten on both occasions he posted excellent efforts to finish runner-up each time in the Grade Two Navan Novices’ Hurdle and Lawlor Of Naas Novice Hurdle respectively before suffering a setback which would keep him out for the remainder of the campaign.

Having probably needed the run in the Christmas Hurdle where he beat only one home, he then finished a good third to surprise victor Tiger Roll in the Boyne Hurdle last month, and a mark of 150 switching into a handicap could underestimate him.

He also holds an entry in the Stayers’ Hurdle, but given he looks fairly treated if stepping into this handicap contest then it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him post a big run.

Brio Conti (left) could post a big Coral Cup run following his win at Ascot.



Paul Nicholls was the last home-based trainer to win this race, and BRIO CONTI (14/1, Bet365) could be the one to end the Irish trainers’ recent dominance in this contest.

The Dom Alco gelding is a lightly-raced sort despite being an eight-year old, and having won at Doncaster and Kempton back in the 2016/17 season he missed Cheltenham that season before finishing fifth to Finian’s Oscar in the Grade One Mersey Novices’ Hurdle.

The following season he raced just once, winning over fences at Carlisle, after which he was absent for more than one year until returning to action at Sandown in the Heroes Handicap Hurdle where he pulled up. 

He probably needed that run, although there is a suspicion that he failed to see out three miles in any case given the way he folded out of contention having mounted an all-too-brief challenge, and he showed the benefit of the run and a return to a shorter trip to score at Ascot next time with a defeat of Honest Vic.

He appeared to win readily there, idling in front, and a 5lbs rise in the weights doesn’t look unduly harsh; he could have more to offer still, and with the potential to find some further improvement he could post a big effort.

2019 CORAL CUP TIPS - TWO AGAINST THE FIELD


CRACKING SMART (14/1, Boylesport), BRIO CONTI (14/1, Bet365)  


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Coral Cup betting tips: Two against the field for Wednesday's Cheltenham feature handicap hurdle

Brian Healy looks ahead to the Coral Cup on day two of the Cheltenham Festival and he picks out two against the field for the competitive contest.

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