Kim Muir Challenge Cup Betting Tips

  • 16/03/2023
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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 a shock one as Chambard stormed home to win at 40/1.

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Tip – BEAUPORT

Nigel Twiston-Davies won the race back in 2013 with Same Difference and he looks to have another good chance this year with BEAUPORT. Seven-year-olds have a good record in the race (won 6 of the last 10) and Beauport has taken well to fences this season, winning one and finishing runner-up in another from just three races. We expect him to go well at a double-figure price.


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 previously 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. This was repeated last year when Venetia William’s Chambard won at 40/1, staying on strongly to win. 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.


2023 Kim Muir Challenge Cup Runners + Odds – Thursday, 16th March 5.30

Horse/Form Silks Jockey/Trainer Odds
Stumptown

753711

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: B O’Neill
T: Gavin Cromwell
4/1
Mr Incredible

2RP-B2

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: P W Mullins
T: Willie Mullins
11/2
Angels Dawn

B8421U

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: P A King
T: Sam Curling
13/2
Dunboyne

66R1P2

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: J J Codd
T: Gordon Elliott
13/2
Beauport

14-124

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Zac Baker
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
9/1
Royal Thief

0/1B/1

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: J W Hendrick (5)
T: Henry De Bromhead
12/1
Anightinlambourn

471121

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Jack Andrews
T: Ben Pauling
18/1
Punitive

-22U10

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: J C Barry
T: Gordon Elliott
28/1
Annual Invictus

-P13P1

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Freddie Gordon (3)
T: Chris Gordon
33/1
Coeur Serein

5-P281

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: William Biddick
T: Jonjo O’Neill
40/1
Lord Accord

531296

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: D G Lavery
T: Neil Mulholland
33/1
Musical Slave

12-571

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Derek O’Connor
T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White
28/1
Rapper

0-9315

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Alice Stevens (3)
T: Henry Daly
14/1
Slipway

P51-19

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Gina Andrews
T: Ben Pauling
40/1
Ballykeel

433241

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Harry Swan
T: Gordon Elliott
25/1
Captain Cattistock

11-342

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Tom Broughton (5)
T: Fergal O’Brien
14/1
Chambard

11-PU4

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Lucy Turner
T: Venetia Williams
NR
Dr Kananga

12-207

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Darren Andrews (5)
T: Ben Clarke
16/1
Fontaine Collonges

41-140

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Aine O’Connor
T: Venetia Williams
16/1
Western Zara

1-2530

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: T Power Roche (7)
T: Paul Nolan
25/1
Emir Sacree

231-P3

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Tommie M O’Brien
T: Nicky Henderson
40/1
Farinet

5P-150

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: James King
T: Venetia Williams
50/1
Defi Bleu

6280P3

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Brian Lawless (7)
T: Gordon Elliott
50/1
Didero Vallis (RESERVE)

-3U355

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: RESERVE
T: Venetia Williams
14/1
Coo Star Sivola (RESERVE)

02/505

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: RESERVE
T: Venetia Williams
14/1
One More Fleurie

-P952P

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours J: Gearoid Harney (5)
T: Ian Williams
NR

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 one in the last ten. There have been four winning favourites 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

  • 2022 Chambard 40/1
  • 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

Six of the last ten winners of this fixture has been 7-year-olds, so that’s a trend to consider. Although last year saw a 10YO winner, and 2015 winner The Package was a 12YO.

The fixture is open to both male and female runners, but there has been just one female winner from a total of 18 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 2022 winner Chambard took the top prize of £36,667.50. The rest of the Kim Muir payouts were 2nd £18,330, 3rd £9,165, 4th £4,582, 5th £2,295 and 6th £1,147.50. 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
2022 Chambard 40/1 Lucy Turner Venetia Williams
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

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)