Horse Racing

Coral Handicap 2023 Betting Tips and Predictions

Closing the show on the fourth day of Glorious Goodwood will be the Coral Handicap. It’s about as competitive as it gets, which makes life tough for punters, that’s for sure.

Coral Handicap Tips
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The Coral Handicap takes place of one miles and four furlongs. It is a Class 3 race open to horses aged three only. This year, 14 runners will go to post, but if the early betting is anything to go by, there are plenty in with chances.

Our Betting Tips and Predictions for the Coral Handicap

Ahead of Friday’s final race at Glorious Goodwood, let’s see if we can head into the weekend off the back of a winner. Here are our best tips and predictions:

Our Best Prediction: Maso Bastie @ 6/1

For my money, Maso Bastie is hard to oppose ahead of Friday’s Coral Handicap. This horse didn’t exactly fire on all cylinders when last seen at Newcastle just over a month ago, though he did keep on for third, suggesting that this trip is far from beyond his reach.

Prior to that respectable effort on the all-weather, the gelding was seen to best effect on soft ground, which is key. With plenty of cut underfoot, he ran on strongly to get the job done over one mile and two furlongs at Nottingham, performing as though a soft-ground test over this distance would be right up his street.

The form of that novice win has since worked out pretty well too. Two of the horses he beat that day have since gone on to win, one of which was the runner-up, who ended up placing in a hugely competitive Class 2 handicap at Royal Ascot. That runner is now rated  Such form rates well, especially as this looks to be nothing compared to that contest.

Our Each Way Prediction: True Legend (each-way) @ 17/2

For those looking to go each-way ahead of this race, which is far from the worst idea, True Legend rates as a decent play. The mount of Luke Morris has certainly had the taste for success this season, winning three of his five races.

The gelding was untried on softer surface until recently, but he now comes here off the back of a very solid win on good-to-soft at Salisbury. He ran on strongly on that occasion, suggesting that there may still be more to come, so I wouldn’t be massively surprised if he took his 6 lb rise in his stride and got competitive here. After all, several of these are stepping up and are now expected to improve, so this is far from the strongest Class 3 race in terms of proven quality in depth.

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