Kim Muir Challenge Cup Betting Tips

  • 14/03/2019
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Mount Ida soars over the last on her way to winning the Kim Muir Challenge Cup at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival.

Mount Ida soars over the last on her way to winning the Kim Muir Challenge Cup at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival.

Our tipsters are ready to dive through the field of the Kim Muir Challenge Cup from the Cheltenham Festival, which features amateur riders.

That adds an excellent unpredictability to proceedings, but our racing experts will be looking at the ante-post market and looking for trends that could help towards betting plans for the 2023 edition.

As the Festival gets closer to the big start, tips for the Kim Muir odds and all the other races at the event will be uploaded.

Last year’s Kim Muir Challenge Cup winner was Mount Ida, continuing a string of recent 7-year-old winners.


Gordon Elliot will have been happy to see the handicapper allocate a mark of 145 for Frontal Assault and after being exclusively campaigned over shorter trips this season over fences, the seven-year-old should relish a proper test of stamina and appears to have been laid out to contest this very race for quite some time.

Kim Muir Challenge Cup – Overlooked Outsiders

Kim Muir Challenge Cup betting odds can be some of the most difficult ones to sift through at the Cheltenham Festival.

That’s because of the element of amateur riders in the contest. As a nod towards that, there have only been two favourites to have won this ungraded race in the last decade.

While there has been a more recent trend in Kim Muir Challenge Cup odds of shorter-priced winners, Domesday Book bucked the trend in 2017.

As a 7-year-old, Domesday Book won from a 40/1 SP. That highlights that sometimes the overlooked outsiders are no forlorn hope.

Our betting experts will be uploading some of those bigger each-way players in the Kim Muir Challenge Cup odds a little closer to the Festival.

Kim Muir Challenge Cup Runners – Thursday, 17th March 5.30

1 Frontal Assualt T: Gordon Elliott

J: Rob James (3)

2 Fakir D’alene T: Gordon Elliott

J: H C Swan (3)

3 Ain’t That A Shame T: Henry De Bromhead

J: Ben Harvey (3)

4 Janika T: Nicky Henderson

J: Ben Bromley (3)

5 Cat Tiger T: Paul Nicholls

J: David Maxwell

6 School Boy Hours T: Noel Meade

J: Derek O’Connor

7 Elegant Esacpe T: Colin Tizzard

J: Thomasina Eyston (7)

8 Smoking Gun T: Gordon Elliott

J: Jamie Codd

9 Mister Fogpatches T: Pat Fahy

J: Patrick Mullins

10 Almazhar Garde T: Charlie Longsdon

J: M J M O’Sullivan (3)

11 Mister Coffey T: Nicky Henderson

J: Sam Waley-Cohen

12 Lord Accord T: Neil Mulholland

J: J W Hendrick (7)

13 Mindsmadeup T: Matthew J Smith

J: Finian Maguire

14 Come On Teddy T: Tom George

J: William Biddick

15 Omar Maretti T: Alex Hales

J: Dale Peters (3)

16 Mint Condition T: Jennie Candlish

J: Gina Andrews

17 The Mighty Don T: Nick Gifford

J: James King

18 Glenloe T: Gordon Elliott

J: Barry O’Neill

19 Rocco T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

J: Zac Baker

20 Chambard T: Venetia Williams

J: Lucy Turner (3)

21 Larry T: Gary Moore

J: Freddie Mitchell

22 Rightplacerightime T: Emmet Mullins

J: Maxine O’Sullivan

23 Powerstown Park T: Sam Thomas

J: Tommie O’Brien

24 Red Infantry T: Ian Williams

J: Tristan Durrell (5)


Kim Muir Odds 2023

Horse/Form Silks Jockey/Trainer Odds
Frontal Assault


J:Rob James (3)
T:Gordon Elliott
Ain’t That A Shame


J:Ben Harvey (3)
T:Henry De Bromhead
School Boy Hours


J:Derek O’Connor
T:Noel Meade
Smoking Gun


J:Jamie Codd
T:Gordon Elliott
Mister Fogpatches


J:Pat Fahy
T:Patrick Mullins
Come On Teddy


J:William Biddick
T:Tom George
Mister Coffey


J:Sam Waley-Cohen
T:Nicky Henderson
Omar Maretti


J:Dale Peters (3)
T:Alex Hales
Cat Tiger


J:David Maxwell
T:Paul Nicholls
Fakir D’alene


J:H C Swan (3)
T:Gordon Elliott


J:Barry O’Neill
T:Gordon Elliott

How to pick a Kim Muir Challenge Cup Winner

Form and trends are the backbone of our betting experts’ recommendations for Kim Muir Challenge Cup betting.

We have already mentioned the lack of favourites winning the contest – just two in the last ten. There have been five in the previous twenty editions.

Undoubtedly, other races at the Cheltenham Festival have had a better strike rate by favourites.

Last 10 Kim Muir Challenge Cup Winners Odds

  • 2021 Mount Ida 3/1F
  • 2020 Milan Native 9/1
  • 2019 Any Second Now 6/1
  • 2018 Missed Approach 8/1
  • 2017 Domesday Book 40/1
  • 2016 Cause Of Causes 9/2
  • 2015 The Package 9/1
  • 2014 Spring Heeled 12/1
  • 2013 Same Difference 16/1
  • 2012 Sunnyhillboy 13/2F

Each of the last four winners of this fixture has been 7-year-olds, as has five of the last six, so that’s a trend to consider.

Also, there have been 14 GB winners in the last 20 editions, with five from Ireland and one from France during that span.

The fixture is open to both male and female runners, but there has been just one female winner from a total of 22 that have entered across the last 20 renewals.

Other vital trends that crop up when sizing up how to pick a Kim Muir Challenge Cup winner includes each of the last 20 winners having been no bigger than 9/1 in their previous victory.

There hasn’t been a winner at a price bigger than 40/1 across the last twenty renewals, and all but one had not had a fall during the current season before winning.

There’s a lot more to the Kim Muir racing trends than that, and our experts will be taking a full deep dive to deliver Kim Muir Challenge Cup tips.

All About The Kim Muir Challenge Cup: Past and Present

There is plenty of great history behind the Kim Muir Challenge Cup, which was established in 1946. It has been one for amateur riders right from its concept.

It’s officially the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup, a chase at a distance of 3m 2f. The fixture is played out on the turf of Cheltenham’s New Course.

It’s open to five years old and up, and only amateur riders get to participate in the contest. However, 2021 was an exception, as the Festival was restricted only to professional jockeys.

The race is a handicap fixture, controlling the weights for the contest. Only two horses have won the fixture on more than one occasion – Chu-Teh (1967, 1968) and Glyde Court (1985, 1986).

The leading jockey in the contest is Jamie Codd, with four victories under his belt, the most recent happening in 2016.

Fred Rimell is the leading trainer in the Kim Muir, having taken four wins. The latest of those was in 1977.

How Do Horses Qualify for the Kim Muir Challenge Cup Race?

Entrants of five years old and up can run in the Kim Muir, but the race condition is amateur riders only.

What is the Kim Muir Challenge Cup Prize Money in 2023?

The 2021 winner Mount Ida, despite a reasonably bumpy run, took the top prize of £32,497.50. The rest of the Kim Muir payouts were 2nd £9,649.50, 3rd £4,824.75, 4th £2,404.50, 5th £1,207.50, 6th £609, 7th £304.50, 8th £147. We await details of the 2023 purse.

Kim Muir Challenge Cup Past Winners

Notable former winners of the Kim Muir Challenge Cup include 1989 victor Cool Ground, who also landed the Cheltenham Gold Cup during his career. 

2010 winner Ballabriggs went on to win the Aintree Grand National the following year. Higher-profile modern-day winners include Spring Heeled, Cause of Causes and Domesday Book. 

Year Horse Odds Jockey Trainer
2021 Mount Ida 3/1F Jack Kennedy Denise Foster
2020 Milan Native 9/1 Rob James Gordon Elliott
2019 Any Second Now 6/1 Derek O’Connor Ted Walsh
2018 Missed Approach 8/1 Noel McParlan Warren Greatrex
2017 Domesday Book 40/1 Gina Andrews Stuart Edmunds
2016 Cause Of Causes 9/2 Jamie Codd Gordon Elliott
2015 The Package 9/1 Jamie Codd David Pipe
2014 Spring Heeled 12/1 Robbie McNamara Jim Culloty
2013 Same Difference 16/1 Ryan Hatch Nigel Twiston-Davies
2012 Sunnyhillboy 13/2F Alan Berry Jonjo O’Neill
2011 Junior 100/30F Jamie Codd David Pipe
2010 Ballabriggs 9/1 Richard Harding Donald McCain, Jr

Other Races on Day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival

The Kim Muir Challenge Cup is the final race of St Patrick’s Day on Day 3 at Cheltenham. Here are all the races for Thursday at the Festival:

13:30 The Turners Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)

14:10 The Pertemps Network Final (A Handicap Hurdle Race) (Listed)

14:50 The Ryanair Steeplechase (Grade 1)

15:30 The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle (Grade 1)

16:10 The Paddy Power Plate (A Handicap Steeple Chase) (Grade 3)

16:50 The Mares Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)

17:30 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup (sponsored by the JRL Group) (0-145)