100 Days To Go Until Coral Gold Cup Returns

Newbury’s showpiece Jumps meeting returns in December with lowest-priced tickets available now

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After our busy summer schedule peaked on Saturday with BetVictor Hungerford Day starring Olly Murs, all eyes turn to our exciting autumn winter schedule, including the Dubai Duty Free International Weekend, BetVictor Flat Finale with Oktoberfest, and our jump season showpiece, The Coral Gold Cup.

With only 100 days to go until this thrilling winter meeting, racegoers can look forward to a weekend of exceptional jumps racing with top-quality horses. Steeped in history, the Coral Gold Cup was established in 1957 as The Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup and initially hosted at Cheltenham. It was won by Mandarin, a horse owned by Peggy Hennessy (a member of the family who founded Hennessy). When the race was moved to Newbury in 1961 it was won again by Mandarin. The sponsorship by Hennessy continued until its 60th running in 2016, and was British racing’s longest-running commercial sponsorship at the time. In 2022 headline sponsorship was taken over by Coral.

The first day of the Coral meeting takes place on Friday 1st December and is not to be missed. In 2022, racegoers witnessed a thrilling battle in the Grade 2 The Coral Long Distance Hurdle between two 10-year-old veterans, Paisley Park and Champ. After a photo finish it was the Nicky-Henderson trained Champ who just managed to get the better of the gallant Paisley Park.

Paisley Park (background) and Champ (foreground) fight it out to the finish

Coral Gold Cup Day, taking place this year on Saturday 2nd December, is a great opportunity to witness some future jumps champions. Previous years have seen equine superstars such as Denman, Bobs Worth, Many Clouds and Native River all take on and win the £250,000 Grade 3 Premier Handicap. Last year’s renewal saw Le Milos crowned the winner, whilst 4th placed Corach Rambler went on to win The Grand National at Aintree in April of this year.

2022 Coral Gold Cup winner Le Milos with Harry Skelton, Izzy and Dan Skelton

This two-day meeting sees Christmas come early for all in attendance, with a raft of on-site entertainment including live music, a carousel, parade ring tours, and a buzzing afterparty. Last year the Coral VR experience provided entertainment to hundreds who took part in the simulated experience of riding in a race as a jockey.

Now is the best time to purchase tickets for the Coral Gold Cup meeting as they are currently available at their lowest price courtesy of our Early Bird discount. There are also a limited number of two-day passes which give admission to both days so you can be sure not to miss a minute of the action!

The fun doesn’t stop there, with December at Newbury also offering Grade 1 racing later in the month courtesy of The Coral Challow Hurdle. This meeting takes place on 30th December and offers racing fans the chance to celebrate New Year early with more quality racing and entertainment, including our popular tours and Trips To The Jumps. These are must-dos on racedays if you want to experience getting up close to the action as the horses come over the fence.

The Challow Hurdle has previously been won by top jockeys including Ruby Walsh, AP McCoy and Richard Johnson. Last year’s winning jockey, Harry Cobden, has now taken the title for 3 years running, signalling that the 2023 G1 race is bound to be a competitive renewal.

Discounted tickets are also available for this, along with luxury hospitality packages.

Harry Cobden celebrates his Grade 1 win on Hermes Allen in the 2022 Coral Challow Hurdle

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