Kim Muir Challenge Cup Odds 2023


Jack Kennedy riding Mount Ida (right) clear the last to win The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase during day three of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse.

The Kim Muir Challenge Cup is a National Hunt handicap steeplechase, and it’s the final race on Day Three of the Cheltenham Festival. It is open to amateur jockeys only and is contested over 3 miles and 2 furlongs, with 21 fences to be jumped.

The race is known for attracting a strong field of experienced handicappers. Many horses have previously competed in other major National Hunt races, such as the Grand National or the Cheltenham Gold Cup. In addition, the race allows amateur jockeys to showcase their skills on the Cheltenham Festival stage.

The most successful trainer in the history of the Kim Muir Challenge Cup is Fulke Walwyn, who trained four winners between 1953 and 1973. The most successful jockey is Jamie Codd, who has ridden four winners, including two in consecutive years in 2016 and 2017.

The Willie Mullins-trained and Patrick Mullins-ridden Plan Of Attack won the race in 2022, edging out Happygolucky in a close finish for a first win in the race for both trainer and jockey.


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Stumptown 9/2

Mr Incredible 11/2

Dunboyne 7/1

Angels Dawn 7/1

Beauport 9/1

Royal Thief 12/1

Anightinlambourn 20/1

Fontaine Collonges 20/1

Rapper 22/1

Punitive 22/1

Musical Slave 22/1

Ballykeel 22/1

Couer Serein 25/1

Captain Cattistock 25/1

Lord Accord 28/1

Dr Kananga 28/1

Western Zara 28/1

Annual Invictus 33/1

Slipway 33/1

Farinet 40/1

Didero Vallis 40/1

Defi Bleu 50/1

Emir Sacree 50/1

Coo Star Sivola 50/1

Kim Muir Challenge Cup Odds and Entries 2023

Numerous contenders have a fair chance of winning. However, Anightinlambourn is bound to be a popular choice. The mare, trained by Ben Pauling, has had a remarkable season, triumphing in three of her previous four starts, including an impressive display at the November Meeting. Despite being raised 8lbs for that win, the 9-year-old may produce another formidable performance.

Other horses worthy of consideration are the Irish competitors, Angels Dawn and Mr Incredible, Beauport, and the steadily improving Stumptown, both of whom command respect. Stumptown was extremely impressive when winning emphatically at Sandown four weeks ago, travelling strongly and cruising clear.

He’s taken a weight hike for that win, but he could still be ahead of the handicapper.

Betting on the Kim Muir Challenge Cup

The Kim Muir Challenge Cup is the finale on day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival and is restricted to amateur riders. The rules were changed in 2021 when professionals took over the reins due to Covid-19 restrictions. Jack Kennedy Mount Ida to victory that season, a well-backed 3-1 favourite in the Kim Muir Challenge Cup betting. He is the only successful market leader in the past ten seasons. Chambard became the second 40-1 winner in six seasons when winning for Venetia Williams and Lucy Turner in 2022.

The leading Irish amateur riders are always in great demand for this race. Jamie Codd won it four times between 2009 and 2016, most notably on Cause Of Causes who went on to finish runner-up in the Grand National. 2010 winner Ballabriggs won the Grand National the following season while 1989 winner Cool Ground went on to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1992.

The Kim Muir has gone close to producing another Grand National winner in recent years with Sunnyhillboy, runner-up in 2012, and Any Second Now, third in 2021 and runner-up in 2022. The competitive nature of the event makes an each-way bet on the Kim Muir Challenge Cup a tempting proposition with bookmakers offering enhanced place terms. 

Kim Muir Challenge Cup News

Once again, a maximum field of runners will head to post for the Kim Muir, presenting punters with a headache of which horse or horses to back.Though, there are a few key stats to focus on when making your Kim Muir bets.

Gordon Elliott’s entries are worth noting, as his runners have a solid record of three wins and six places in the last 17 years, with 20 horses having competed. During Elliott’s six-month suspension, Denise Foster, the temporary license-holder at Cullentra House Stables, trained Mount Ida to win this race two seasons ago.

And over the last 12 runnings, 10 of the winners came from the top six in the betting, although Chambard succeeded as an outsider at 40/1 last year.