Coral Cup Free Bets Cheltenham

Once again the Cheltenham Festival does not let up as we have all the latest Cheltenham free bets offers on the Coral Cup, run on Wednesday at this year's Festival at Prestbury Park.

The Coral Cup is run on the second day of the Cheltenham Festival and usually throws up plenty of excitement as it's a race 25-30 horses will line-up.

Despite being one of the newest races to be established at the Festival, the Coral Cup has readily become one of the most competitive handicap hurdles of the season.

Run over two miles and five furlongs, and sponsored by leading British bookmaker Coral, the race is synonymous with providing winners that have been subject of a massive gamble by some very shrewd stables.

The first winner of the race in 1993, the Martin Pipe trained Olympian, is up there with being one of the best backed horses of any Cheltenham Festival race in history.

It was a typical Pipe gamble and it seemed like whole of Prestbury Park had backed the winner judging by the celebrations in the stands and the tears streaming down the face of nearly every bookmaker in the Cheltenham area. Pipe is also the leading trainer in the race, having scored three times with Big Stran (1997) and Ilnamar (2002) as well as his inaugural winner.

Ireland, unsurprisingly, in such a prestigious handicap, have a brilliant record in the race, providing over a third of the winners, and one of their most famous wins came in 2011 when Gordon Elliot celebrated one of his best days as a trainer when Carlo Brigante gave him his second winner of the day following Chicago Grey's triumph earlier on the card.

The 2012 winner, Son Of Flicka, trained by Donald McCain, rewarded the stable's confidence in the betting ring by running away with the competitive handicap. The horse was backed down from a morning price of 50/1 to a starting price of just 14/1. It was another brilliant gamble that has been landed in the supposedly unpredictable Coral Cup.