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 three and a quarter mile handicap chase for amateur riders on day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival. It was first run in 1946 and named in memory of a cavalry officer who was killed in World War II. The name of leading National Hunter Trainer Fulke Walwyn was added to the title in 1991.

There have been two dual winners of the race; Chu-The (1967, 1968) and Glyde Court (1985, 1986). 2010 winner Ballabriggs went on to win the Aintree Grand National the following year. Irish Amateur Jamie Codd won it for a record fourth time aboard Grand National runner-up Cause Of Causes in 2016. He was trained by Gordon Elliott who currently has the first two in the Kim Muir Challenge Cup betting odds with Frontal Assault and Smoking Gun.

Kim Muir Challenge Cup Odds and Entries 2023

Gordon Elliott likes to target the Kim Muir Challenge Cup, winning it twice and missing out on Mount Ida’s victory last season due to his suspension. That horse started a well-backed 3-1 favourite in the Kim Muir Challenge Cup odds and is being aimed at this season’s Grand National, a race often influenced by the outcome of this race.

Elliott has five entries this year and four of them are guaranteed a place in the starting line-up, should he elect to run them; Frontal Assault, Grand Paradis, Fakir D’Alene and Smoking Gun. Frontal Assault is the market leader despite being burdened with top weight of 11st 12lbs. His jumping let him down slightly when dead-heating with Grand Paradis for second place behind Floueur in a Beginners Chase at Fairyhouse in January. This will be only his fourth run in a steeplechase.

Grand Paradis has since finished a well-beaten second to Blue Sari at Gowran Park. He may not have been suited by the heavy going that day. Fakir D’Alene won at Down Royal and Thurles before finishing seventh to Birchdale in a valuable handicap chase at Leopardstown. Smoking Gun was pulled up in the Thyestes Chase but ran much better last time when third to Full Time Score at Fairyhouse.

Henry De Bromhead’s Ain’t That A Shame is also prominent in the Kim Muir Challenge Cup Odds after coming up against some top class rivals. He was third to Stattler at Fairyhouse and then runner-up to Galopin Des Champs at Leopardstown. On his most recent start he was only beaten a neck by Champagne Platinum at Navan. He looked to be cantering three out that day and may have won if ridden with more restraint.

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Frontal Assault 9-2

Smoking Gun 8-1

Ain’t That A Shame 10-1

School Boy Hours 12-1

Diol Ker 14-1

Fakir D’Alene 14-1

Mister Fogpatches 14-1

Omar Maretti 14-1

Cat Tiger 16-1

Champagne Platinum 16-1

Gericault Roque 16-1

Glenloe 16-1

Grand Paradis 16-1

Mister Coffey 16-1

Oscar Elite 16-1

Come On Teddy 20-1

Commodore 20-1

Everglow 20-1

History Of Fashion 20-1

Quick Wave 20-1

Rapper 20-1

Secret Reprieve 20-1

Castle Robin 25-1

Discordantly 25-1

Equus Dreamer 25-1

Hold That Taught 25-1

Undersupervision 25-1

Vintage Clouds 25-1

Chambard 25-1

Janika 28-1

Kim Muir Challenge Cup News

Gordon Elliott has confirmed that top weight Frontal Assault is a probable runner with Rob James taking the ride. He also put in a good word for Smoking Gun who is set to receive 5lbs from his stable companion. Ain’t That A Shame also has an entry in the Ultima Handicap Chase where he would get in with just 10st 6lbs on his back and no final decision has been made.

Champagne Platinum is weighted to finish alongside Ain’t That A Shame and was far from disgraced when beaten by Death Duty at Punchestown last time. Enda Bolger’s grey has the option of running in the Cross Country Chase but this looks the more likely target.

School Boy Hours won the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown after Christmas for Noel Meade. Post-race thoughts were that the gelding would go straight to Aintree but his chance would be respected if turning out here. Meade also has Diol Ker entered, an excellent fourth to Longhouse Poet in the Thyestes Chase and entered in three Cheltenham Festival handicaps.

Sue Smith’s Vintage Clouds provided one of the rare British-trained victories in 2021 when winning the Ultima Handicap. The twelve-year-old recently returned from wind surgery to run second at Doncaster. Come On Teddy is a possible runner for Tom George, an excellent third over hurdles in last season’s Pertemps Final at this meeting.