They don’t come more competitive than the Coral Cup handicap. Twenty-nine runners all set off for the annual cavalry charge at large odds with Bet365, meaning it’s probably a more profitable tactic to back two, three or maybe four runners to make sure you stand the best chance of making a well-earned profit.
David Pipe looks to have a strong hand this year, but it’s his second string Poole Master that could upstage his well-backed stablemate Balgarry.
Six of the last nine winners of the Coral Cup won last time, and Poole Master’s profile is very much is in the profile of a potential Coral Cup winner.
He landed his third race on the bounce at Newbury two weeks ago in very easy style, meaning his rating is now high enough to sneak into the bottom of the weights.
Chris Honour will ride the horse he has looked after since it was a yearling, and his claim of 3lbs could make a huge difference with the handicap being so compressed.
Another horse to keep an eye on looks to be the Venetia Williams-trained Tenor Nivernais, who may still be ahead of the handicapper despite being pushed up 10lbs for a recent smart win at Carlisle.
It seems as though this horse is still improving with racing and could run a big race off a nice racing weight.
Act Of Kalanisi could provide Brendon Powell Jnr with his first Cheltenham win which in a few years could be a landmark occurrence with the young jock expected to rise to the top of the game in the saddle.
The horse has run some solid races this season, including in the Ladbroke Hurdle, which is usually a good guide for the Coral Cup and looks well in at the weights.
He looks the pick of the afforemntioned three runners around the 18/1 mark.