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When is the Kim Muir Challenge Cup 2020?

Cheltenham Thursday 12th March 5.30pm

Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase (0-145) (5yo+)

Distance: 3 miles 2 Furlongs

Weights: Handicap

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 riding on the day.

Kim Muir Challenge Cup Trends and Statistics

Here are the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase 12 year trends and statistics:

  • Age – Eleven of the last twelve winners were aged between seven and nine.
  • Starting Price – Seven of the last twelve winners have been priced at 9/1 or less.
  • Weights – Eleven of the last twelve winners carried at least 11 stones.
  • Last Run – Just one of the last twelve winners won on their last run before Cheltenham, eleven of the last twelve winners had their last run within the last 73 days.
  • Course Form – Nine of the last twelve winners had at least one previous Cheltenham run only three of them had won at Cheltenham previously.
  • Distance Form – All of the last twelve winners had at least one previous run over between 3 miles and 3 miles 2 furlongs, just six of them had recorded a win at the distance.
  • Hurdle Form – Ten of the last twelve winners had at least 5 previous runs over hurdles and at least one previous win over hurdles.
  • Chase Form – All of the last twelve winners had at least six previous chase runs, eleven of them had at least one previous chase win.
  • Official Rating – Eleven of the last twelve winners were rated between 134 and 143.
  • Season Form – Ten of the last twelve winners had at least three previous runs in the current season, three of them had at least one win that season.

Who are the Kim Muir Challenge Cup Leading Contenders?

The leading contenders for the 2020 Kim Muir Challenge Cup are:

  • GLENLOE
  • THE CONDITIONAL
  • EARLY DOORS
  • FITZHENRY
  • SHADY OPERATOR

What’s Keith’s Kim Muir Challenge Cup Tips for 2020?

Keith’s official tip(s) for the 2020 Kim Muir Challenge Cup will appear here closer to race day.

As this article is written in advance of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival, the likely contenders are expected to change as we get closer to St Patricks Day. The picture also starts to get much clearer as we approach the festival, with trainers starting to show their cards in the weeks leading up to Day 3. 

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What was Keith’s Kim Muir Challenge Cup Tip for 2019?

Last year for the 2019 Kim Muir Challenge Cup Chase, Free Racing Tips Tipster Keith advised:

At this stage we are still speculating which horses are likely to line up for the race, but I will try and find you some which should be there on the day.

MALL DINI trained by Patrick Kelly was second in this last year and is expected to be aimed at it again, THE YOUNG MASTER has been running better than ever this season but at 10 years old, BLOW BY BLOW cleaned up some good hurdle races last season including the Martin Pipe Conditional race at the Festival, still lightly raced over fences it is likely Gordon Elliott will target this race, IMPULSIVE STAR won well at Warwick last time but the handicapper has dealt with it accordingly.

My selection BLOW BY BLOW 12/1 each way it will be no surprise to see the Gigginstown colours leading the way up the Cheltenham hill again.

Result: BLOW BY BLOW was a Non Runner.

On the morning of the race Keith advised TOUCH KICK 11/1 each way and that one was in touch in fourth befor a mistake two fences from home and he eventually finished 9th of 23.

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Kim Muir Challenge Cup Previous Winners

  • 2008 High Chimes 9 10-10 James Tudor Evan Williams
  • 2009 Character Building 9 11–12 Jamie Codd John Quinn
  • 2010 Ballabriggs 9 11–12 Richard Harding Donald McCain, Jr.
  • 2011 Junior 8 11-06 Jamie Codd David Pipe
  • 2012 Sunnyhillboy 9 11-11 Alan Berry Jonjo O’Neill
  • 2013 Same Difference 7 11-07 Ryan Hatch Nigel Twiston-Davies
  • 2014 Spring Heeled 7 11-06 Robbie McNamara Jim Culloty
  • 2015 The Package 12 11-04 Jamie Codd David Pipe
  • 2016 Cause of Causes 8 11-09 Jamie Codd Gordon Elliott
  • 2017 Domesday Book 7 11-04 Gina Andrews Stuart Edmunds
  • 2018 Missed Approach 8 11-05 Noel McParlan Warren Greatrex
  • 2019 Any Second Now 7 11-11 Derek O’Connor Ted Walsh

As these articles are written in advance of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival, the likely contenders are expected to change as we get closer to St Patricks Day. The picture also starts to get much clearer as we approach the festival, with trainers starting to show their cards in the weeks leading up to Day 3. 

To get Keith’s very latest, up-to-date thoughts on the Day 3 card, and his final Day 3 tips, simply register as a FREE FRT member here, and Keith will email you the full Day 3 tips on the morning of St Patricks Day.

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Over the years, Keith has been a regular at the northern tracks attending countless race meetings and building up a network of contacts, and a portfolio of systems and strategies. 

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