Kim Muir Challenge Cup tips 2022
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When is the Kim Muir Challenge Cup 2022?
Cheltenham Thursday 17th March 5.30pm
Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase (0-145) (5yo+)
Distance: 3 miles 2 Furlongs
The seventh and final race on day three on St Patrick’s Thursday is the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase. This race is for amateur riders and is open to horses aged five years old and over and it is run along the new course at Cheltenham over a distance of around about three miles and one and a half furlongs and during the running there are about 19 fences to be jumped.
There are always a lot of entries in this and the handicap tends to be very compressed.
This is a race that English trained horses tend to fare well in. Leading Irish amateur Jamie Codd has won the race four times in the last eleven years, so it’s worth taking note of what he's riding on the day.
Kim Muir Challenge Cup Records
Most successful horse (2 wins):
Chu-Teh – 1967, 1968
Glyde Court – 1985, 1986
Leading jockey (4 wins):
Jamie Codd – Character Building (2009), Junior (2011), The Package (2015), Cause of Causes (2016)
Leading trainer (4 wins):
Fred Rimell – Mighty Fine (1951), Gay Monarch II (1955), Nicolaus Silver (1961), Double Negative (1977)
Kim Muir Challenge Cup Trends and Statistics
12 Year Trends and Statistics
- Age – 11 of the last 12 winners have been aged between 7 and 9.
- Sex – 11 of the last 12 winners were geldings, 1 was a mare.
- Trainer – David Pipe (2) and Gordon Elliott (2) are the only trainers to saddle more than 1 winner in the last 12 years..
- Country – 8 of the last 12 winners were bred in Ireland, 2 in Great Britain and 2 in the USA.
- Colour – 9 of the last 12 winners were bay.
- Weight Carried – All of the last 12 winners have carried at least 11st.
- Starting Price (SP) – 8 of the last 12 winners have been between 6/1 and 16/1.
- Starting Price Rank – Just 2 favourites have won in the last 12 years and 7 were in the first 3 in the betting.
- Headgear – Only 4 of the last 12 winners wore no headgear, 5 had on blinkers.
- Days Since Last Run – 8 of the last 12 winners had run between 16 and 45 days ago.
- Last Run Form – Only 1 of the last 12 winners had won last time out. 7 finished in the first 3.
- Official Rating – 11 of the last 12 winners had an OR between 137 and 143.
Who are the Kim Muir Challenge Cup Leading Contenders?
Gordon Elliott has a good recent record in the race which can continue with FLOUEUR who has been running well this term following his move to the Meath yard from Joseph O’Brien.
He’s ran four times this campaign, landing a trio of bronze medals but also managing a win at Fairyhouse where he beat Frontal Assault who currently heads the antepost market.
That was a very good performance as he made a bad mistake over the final fence which might have cost him the race on another day; but he knuckled down well to hold on for victory and a subsequent run at Punchestown in the Grand National Trial when rated 140 returned a solid third to Death Duty where he again made a last-fence error when challenging.
He didn’t manage to make up to ground on this occasion but it was another good run and the Legolas gelding can give a good account of himself if avoiding costly errors late on.
ANTE-POST SELECTION: FLOUEUR
What’s Our Kim Muir Challenge Cup Tips?
We told our VIP Members HOLD THE NOTE 16:50 Cheltenham 8/1 each way – A tricky finale to day 3. HOLD THE NOTE ran well at last years festival off 5lb higher. All of his best chase form is on good to soft or good including a close second at Newbury on latest run.
How did we do?
HOLD THE NOTE chased leaders, outpaced when mistake 3 out, rallied 2 out, weakened flat to finish in 4th place
Here is what Keith wrote for the 2020 Kim Muir Challenge Cup.
This race is a real pinsticker and it is one where we again haven't got a clue what will be running.
GLENLOE from the Gordon Elliott yard is ante-post favourite but given the relatively poor record of Irish trained runners in this, my preference is to look for home grown talent.
The David Bridgewater trained THE CONDITIONAL won a Class 2 Handicap here in October, before two credible runs in Grade 3 company. His second place at Newbury behind DE RASHER COUNTER is arguably the best race of his career so far.
He has been eased three pounds in the handicap, after finishing fourth at Warwick last time and now lurks on a workable mark.
My selection for the 2020 Kim Muir Challenge Cup 2020 is: THE CONDITIONAL 20/1 each way (NRNB).
On the day, Keith went with LE BRIEUL who never made any impression in the Kim Muir and finished well down the field.
Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Results
Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase (Sponsored By The JRL Group) (GBB Race)
Distance: 3m2½f (5720 yards +75 yards rails adjustment) Prize (winner): £32498 Dir: Left Handed
Runners: 21 Going: Good To Soft Class: Class 2 Age Restrictions: 5yo+
Winners Time: 6 mins 53.97s Avg OR: 138 Median OR: 138
|No||Place||Dist Bt||Horse||Age||Trainer||Jockey (Claim)||Odds||BF||BFP|
|3||1st||Mount Ida (IRE)||7||Foster, Mrs Denise||Kennedy, J W||3/1 (Fav)||4.20||1.97|
|jumped right, towards rear, shaken up 5th, last 7th, steady headway from 17th, chasing leaders 4 out, led going well 2 out, ridden clear flat BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 1000|
|10||2nd||6.5||Cloudy Glen (IRE)||8||Williams, Miss Venetia||Dunne, R T||33/1||53.28||9.20|
|towards rear, not fluent 1st, mistake 9th and 14th, headway when mistake 16th, went 2nd after 2 out, no impression on winner flat BF IP MIN 2.16 BF IP MAX 1000|
|7||3rd||0.75||Shantou Flyer (IRE)||11||Nicholls, P F||Cobden, Harry||11/2||7.00||2.23|
|chased leaders, pushed along home bend in 4th, went 3rd last, stayed on, no impression on winner BF IP MIN 3.15 BF IP MAX 1000|
|8||4th||13||Hold The Note (IRE)||7||Channon, M R||Burke, Jonathan||9/1||14.52||3.15|
|chased leaders, outpaced when mistake 3 out, rallied 2 out, weakened flat BF IP MIN 6.6 BF IP MAX 1000|
|4||5th||5.5||Storm Control (IRE)||8||Lee, Miss Kerry||Patrick, Richard||16/1||16.50||4.68|
|led 2nd, not fluent 17th, headed 2 out, weakened flat BF IP MIN 4.5 BF IP MAX 1000|
|5||6th||2.75||Go Another One (IRE)||9||McConnell, John C||Torrens, Simon (3)||16/1||23.88||5.10|
|held up in rear, bumped 6th, headway when mistake 15th, challenged 3 out until before 2 out, 6th and weakening when mistake last BF IP MIN 2.76 BF IP MAX 1000|
|15||7th||8.5||Almazhar Garde (FR)||6||Longsdon, C E||Sheehan, Gavin||80/1||190.00||23.57|
|towards rear, hampered 2nd, mistake 7th and 13th, some headway before 3 out but never any chance BF IP MIN 120 BF IP MAX 1000|
|21||8th||2.75||Morning Vicar (IRE)||8||Henderson, N J||Boinville, Nico||16/1||29.07||6.31|
|held up towards rear, headway 15th, chasing leaders 3 out, weakened before 2 out BF IP MIN 5.6 BF IP MAX 1000|
|19||9th||3.75||Musical Slave (IRE)||8||Hobbs, P J||OBrien, T J||18/1||29.30||6.35|
|held up in rear, bumped 10th, well beaten after 4 out BF IP MIN 24 BF IP MAX 1000|
|17||10th||0.75||Kilfilum Cross (IRE)||10||Oliver, Henry||Edwards, Alex (3)||20/1||23.26||5.56|
|mid-division, hit 9th, headway 14th, weakened after 3 out BF IP MIN 13 BF IP MAX 1000|
|9||11th||0.5||Crievehill (IRE)||9||Twiston-Davies, N A||Twiston-Davies, Sam||33/1||50.00||7.40|
|chased leaders, mistake 12th, lost ground before 4 out, weakened after 3 out BF IP MIN 36 BF IP MAX 1000|
|16||BD||Bob Mahler (IRE)||9||Greatrex, W J||Bannister, Harry A A||25/1||29.41||5.36|
|held up in mid-division, blundered 1st, mistake 7th, ridden 4 out, about 10th but still not totally out of it when brought down 3 out BF IP MIN 23 BF IP MAX 1000|
|12||F||Plan Of Attack (IRE)||8||Bromhead, Henry De||Blackmore, Rachael||7/1||14.50||3.37|
|towards rear, not fluent 1st or 2nd, closed on outside before 4th, close 3rd when fell 3 out BF IP MIN 8.4 BF IP MAX 1000|
|2||PU||Beau Bay (FR)||10||Newland, Dr R D P||Hammond, Charlie||80/1||171.47||17.42|
|chased leaders, bumped 12th, mistake next, lost place 15th, mistake 16th, behind when pulled up before 4 out BF IP MIN 120 BF IP MAX 1000|
|20||PU||Didero Vallis (FR)||8||Williams, Miss Venetia||Deutsch, Charlie||33/1||35.91||7.64|
|prominent on outside, lost place after 2nd, behind 17th, pulled up before 2 out BF IP MIN 20 BF IP MAX 1000|
|22||PU||Sizing At Midnight (IRE)||9||Tizzard, C L||Power, R M||33/1||60.00||8.80|
|mid-division on inside, some headway when mistake 14th, hampered 16th, struggling when mistake 4 out, pulled up before 2 out BF IP MIN 36 BF IP MAX 1000|
|6||PU||Deise Aba (IRE)||8||Hobbs, P J||Johnson, Richard||12/1||20.17||4.51|
|held up in mid-division, hit 9th, mistake 13th, closed 16th, lost place next, weakening when mistake 18th, pulled up before 2 out BF IP MIN 16 BF IP MAX 1000|
|11||PU||Another Venture (IRE)||10||Bailey, K C||Bass, David||66/1||107.54||15.00|
|towards rear, mistake 9th, struggling 13th, pulled up before 18th BF IP MIN 80 BF IP MAX 1000|
|13||PU||Cobolobo (FR)||9||ONeill, Jonjo||ONeill, Jonjo (Jr)||33/1||29.21||8.00|
|mid-division, pushed along after 12th, struggling 15th, pulled up before 3 out BF IP MIN 22 BF IP MAX 1000|
|14||PU||Milanford (IRE)||7||Mitchell, Nick||Jacob, Daryl||20/1||22.00||5.28|
|led until 2nd, prominent, losing place when mistake 3 out, pulled up before 2 out BF IP MIN 15 BF IP MAX 1000|
|23||UR||Townshend (GER)||10||Twiston-Davies, N A||Neild, Jamie (10)||100/1||240.00||28.93|
|prominent, mistake 6th, lost place 17th, well beaten when hampered and unseated rider 3 out BF IP MIN 80 BF IP MAX 1000|
Non Runners – Double Shuffle (IRE), Late Romantic (IRE), Young Dev (IRE)
Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Amateur Riders Handicap Chase
Distance: 3m2½f (5720 yards +76 yards rails adjustment) Prize (winner): £41510 Dir: Left Handed
Runners: 23 Going: Soft Class: Class 2 Age Restrictions: 5yo+
Winners Time: 7 mins 9.20s Avg OR: 140 Median OR: 140
|No||Place||Dist Bt||Horse||Age||OR||Trainer||Jockey (Claim)||Odds||BF||BFP|
|11||1st||Milan Native (IRE)||7||141||Elliott, Gordon||James, Mr R (7)||9/1||11.50||3.23|
|mid-division, headway and in touch 5 out, led approaching 2 out, soon ridden, kept on when hard pressed flat, asserted towards finish BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 20|
|18||2nd||1.75||Kilfilum Cross (IRE)||9||138||Oliver, Henry||Edwards, Alex||8/1||10.12||2.94|
|tracked clear leaders, close up 11th, challenged 4 out, ridden after 2 out, kept on and every chance flat, no extra towards finish BF IP MIN 2.02 BF IP MAX 1000|
|12||3rd||1.5||Bob Mahler (IRE)||8||140||Greatrex, W J||McParlan, Mr N||16/1||26.50||5.64|
|disputed lead to 2nd, tracked clear pair, close up 11th, led narrowly when pecked 3 out, headed approaching next, one pace before last, stayed on flat BF IP MIN 9 BF IP MAX 1000|
|15||4th||3.25||Plan Of Attack (IRE)||7||140||Bromhead, Henry De||ONeill, Mr B||10/1||16.73||3.40|
|mid-division on outside, close up 13th, challenged 4 out, every chance 2 out, ridden and one pace before last, no impression in 4th flat BF IP MIN 6 BF IP MAX 890|
|6||5th||2.25||Deise Aba (IRE)||7||142||Hobbs, P J||Biddick, Mr W||8/1||10.50||3.44|
|mid-division, close up 13th, tracked leaders 3 out, one pace next, soon ridden, kept on flat, no impression BF IP MIN 8 BF IP MAX 1000|
|7||6th||NK||Fitzhenry (IRE)||8||142||Nolan, Paul||Mullins, Mr P W||7/1||10.66||2.82|
|towards rear, driven and headway before 2 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, never nearer BF IP MIN 9.8 BF IP MAX 1000|
|19||7th||2.25||Champagne Platinum (IRE)||6||138||Henderson, N J||OConnor, Derek||5/1 (JFav)||6.80||2.84|
|held up towards rear, headway 5 out, tracked leaders 3 out, one pace next, soon ridden, no impression before last BF IP MIN 2.76 BF IP MAX 1000|
|22||8th||7.5||Cloth Cap (IRE)||8||137||ONeill, Jonjo||Deegan, R||14/1||27.08||5.00|
|mid-division, close up 13th, chased leaders on inside 3 out, outpaced before next, never on terms, weakened flat BF IP MIN 11 BF IP MAX 1000|
|5||9th||2||Flying Angel (IRE)||9||144||Twiston-Davies, N A||Baker, Mr Z||40/1||72.68||10.60|
|mid-division, driven to chase leaders 3 out, never on terms, ridden and weakened before last BF IP MIN 15.5 BF IP MAX 1000|
|9||10th||2.5||The Kings Writ (IRE)||9||141||Woollacott, Mrs Kayley||Newman, Mr Joshua (3)||40/1||81.88||9.80|
|tracked clear leaders, close up 11th, driven after 3 out, kept on same pace, never on terms, ridden and weakened last BF IP MIN 50 BF IP MAX 1000|
|2||11th||5||Le Breuil (FR)||8||145||Pauling, Ben||Codd, Mr J J||5/1 (JFav)||6.81||2.18|
|mid-division on inside, hit 16th, outpaced 3 out, never on terms, weakened last BF IP MIN 4.4 BF IP MAX 1000|
|13||12th||NK||Militarian||10||140||Martin, Andrew J||Martin, James (3)||25/1||54.05||8.36|
|mid-division, lost place and behind from 14th (water), no danger after BF IP MIN 50 BF IP MAX 1000|
|1||13th||5.5||Le Musee (FR)||7||145||Hawke, N J||Buckley, Kieran (5)||100/1||220.59||26.42|
|always behind, struggling in rear when mistake 13th, never involved BF IP MIN 190 BF IP MAX 1000|
|14||14th||2||Ardlethen (IRE)||7||140||Skelton, Daniel||Andrews, Gina||18/1||23.55||5.20|
|towards rear, outpaced 3 out, never a threat BF IP MIN 24 BF IP MAX 1000|
|3||15th||2.5||Cabaret Queen||8||145||Mullins, W P||OHare, Mr M J||40/1||95.65||12.55|
|disputed lead to 2nd, tracked clear leaders, close up 11th, lost place before 5 out, ridden and weakened after 3 out BF IP MIN 38 BF IP MAX 1000|
|24||F||One Style (FR)||10||135||Williams, Miss Venetia||Turner, Miss L M (5)||33/1||88.18||12.09|
|led or disputed lead and clear of rest to 11th, definate leader next, headed when fell 3 out BF IP MIN 26 BF IP MAX 1000|
|8||F||Go Another One (IRE)||8||142||McConnell, John C||Barry, Mr J C||50/1||68.98||9.47|
|held up behind, fell 9th BF IP MIN 65 BF IP MAX 1000|
|20||PU||Thomas Patrick (IRE)||8||137||Lacey, T||OBrien, Mr T M||50/1||230.00||24.67|
|led or disputed lead and clear of rest to 11th, tracked leader from next, lost place 4 out, soon behind, pulled up before 2 out BF IP MIN 55 BF IP MAX 1000|
|21||PU||Coup De Pinceau (FR)||8||137||Nicholls, P F||Cheleda, Angus (5)||40/1||142.19||13.50|
|always behind, lost touch 17th, pulled up before 2 out BF IP MIN 100 BF IP MAX 1000|
|23||PU||Just A Sting (IRE)||8||136||Fry, Harry||Legg, Michael||33/1||85.60||9.98|
|mid-division, close up 13th, driven to chase leaders before 3 out, never on terms, weakened and pulled up before next BF IP MIN 60 BF IP MAX 1000|
|16||PU||Fingerontheswitch (IRE)||10||139||Mulholland, N P||Wonnacott, Millie (5)||33/1||54.40||6.56|
|never better than mid-division, weakened before 3 out, behind when pulled up before next BF IP MIN 50 BF IP MAX 1000|
|17||PU||Like The Sound (FR)||9||138||Mann, C J||King, Mr James||66/1||280.00||23.23|
|mid-division, lost place before 5 out, behind when pulled up before next BF IP MIN 150 BF IP MAX 1000|
|4||UR||The Young Master||11||144||Mulholland, N P||Waley-Cohen, Mr S||40/1||66.24||10.91|
|tracked leaders, hit 16th, in touch when blundered and unseated rider 4 out BF IP MIN 34 BF IP MAX 1000|
Non Runners – Ami Desbois (FR)
Kim Muir Challenge Cup Previous Winners
|18.03.2021||Good To Soft||21||Mount Ida (IRE)||Yeats (IRE)||7||Kennedy, J W||Foster, Mrs Denise||3/1||11-9||142||0(0)||50d|
|12.03.2020||Soft||23||Milan Native (IRE)||Milan||7||James, Mr R (7)||Elliott, Gordon||9/1||11-1||141||0(0)||26d|
|14.03.2019||Good To Soft||23||Any Second Now (IRE)||Oscar (IRE)||7||OConnor, Derek||Walsh, T M||6/1||11-11||143||1(0)||25d|
|15.03.2018||Soft||20||Missed Approach (IRE)||Golan (IRE)||8||McParlan, Mr N||Greatrex, W J||8/1||11-5||138||3(0)||40d|
|16.03.2017||Good||24||Domesday Book (USA)||Street Cry (IRE)||7||Andrews, Gina||Edmunds, Stuart||40/1||11-4||137||0(0)||28d|
|17.03.2016||Good||22||Cause Of Causes (USA)||Dynaformer (USA)||8||Codd, Mr J J||Elliott, Gordon||9/2||11-9||142||1(1)||25d|
|12.03.2015||Good||24||The Package||Kayf Tara||12||Codd, Mr J J||Pipe, D E||9/1||11-4||137||5(0)||96d|
|13.03.2014||Good||23||Spring Heeled (IRE)||Old Vic||7||McNamara, Mr R P||Culloty, J H||12/1||11-8||140||1(0)||76d|
|14.03.2013||Good To Soft||24||Same Difference (IRE)||Mr Combustible (IRE)||7||Hatch, R (7)||Twiston-Davies, N A||16/1||11-0||137||0(0)||19d|
|15.03.2012||Good||23||Sunnyhillboy (IRE)||Old Vic||9||Berry, Mr A J||ONeill, Jonjo||13/2||11-11||142||2(1)||26d|
|17.03.2011||Good||24||Junior||Singspiel (IRE)||8||Codd, Mr J J||Pipe, D E||100/30||11-6||134||0(0)||75d|
|18.03.2010||Good||24||Ballabriggs (IRE)||Presenting||9||Harding, Mr R O||McCain Jnr, D||9/1||11-12||140||2(1)||33d|
|12.03.2009||Good To Soft||24||Character Building (IRE)||Accordion (IRE)||9||Codd, Mr J J||Quinn, J J||16/1||11-12||139||1(0)||26d|
|13.03.2008||Good To Soft||24||High Chimes (IRE)||Naheez (USA)||9||Tudor, Mr J E (3)||Williams, Evan||14/1||10-10||127||2(1)||61d|
|14.03.2007||Good To Soft||24||Cloudy Lane||Cloudings (IRE)||7||Burton, Mr R||McCain Jnr, D||15/2||10-11||124||1(1)||25d|
|15.03.2006||Good||21||YouRe Special (USA)||Northern Flagship (USA)||9||Harding, Mr R O||Murphy, Ferdy||33/1||10-12||125||3(0)||58d|
|16.03.2005||Good||24||Juveigneur (FR)||Funny Baby (FR)||8||Burton, Mr R||Henderson, N J||12/1||11-7||128||0(0)||77d|
|16.03.2004||Good||22||Maximize (IRE)||Mandalus (IRE)||10||Edwards, Mr D (7)||Pipe, M C||40/1||10-6||127||2(1)||24d|
|11.03.2003||Good||23||Royal Predica (FR)||Tip Moss (FR)||9||McHugh, Mr S (7)||Pipe, M C||33/1||10-13||134||7(2)||318d|
|12.03.2002||Good To Soft||23||The Bushkeeper (IRE)||Be My Native (USA)||8||Crosse, Dave||Henderson, N J||9/2||11-2||125||0(0)||19d|
|14.03.2000||Good||23||Honey Mount||Shirley Heights||9||Walford, Robert (5)||Alner, R H||8/1||9-12||115||0(0)||12d|
|16.03.1999||Good To Soft||22||Celtic Giant||Celtic Cone||9||Gibson, Bruce (3)||Lungo, L||20/1||10-0||110||1(0)||17d|
|17.03.1998||Good||14||In Truth||Dreams To Reality (USA)||10||Durack, S E (5)||Gollings, S||20/1||9-9||121||1(0)||10d|
|11.03.1997||Good||11||King Lucifer (IRE)||Kings Ride (IRE)||8||Thornton, Robert (5)||Nicholson, D||7/2||11-5||140||0(0)||17d|
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Cheltenham Festival Thursday
|13:30||The Marsh Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)||2m abt 4f||Chase|
|14:10||The Pertemps Network Final (A Handicap Hurdle Race) (Listed)||Abt 3m||Hurdle|
|14:50||The Ryanair Chase (Grade 1)|
|2m abt 5f||Chase|
|15:30||The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle (Grade 1)||abt 3m||Hurdle|
|16:10||The Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate (A Handicap Steeple Chase) (Grade 3)||2m abt 5f||Chase|
|16:50||The Daylesford Mares Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)||2m 1f||Hurdle|
|17:30||The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Steeple Chase (0-145)||3m abt 2f||Chase|
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