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Kim Muir Challenge Cup Odds

The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup is the final race on the third day of the Cheltenham Festival, St Patrick’s Day, and regularly proves to be a tricky puzzle for punters to solve. As such, make sure you keep your eyes peeled on horseracing.net for clues, expert views and analysis on the 2020 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup as the picture becomes clearer. 

The latest odds for the Kim Muir will be listed below just as soon as they become available.

Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Tips

Tips for the 2020 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup will appear here. 

What is the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup?

The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup is a handicap chase for amateur riders, run on Cheltenham’s New Course over a distance of three miles and two furlongs, and is open to horses aged five and over. It holds a unique status as one of just three races for amateur riders at the Festival, and is named in honour of both Fulke Walwyn and Kim Muir.        

The history of the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup

The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup was established in 1946, and was named after Kim Muir, a cavalry officer who lost his life during World War II. The name of Fulke Walwyn was added to the title in 1991 after the legendary trainer, who trained 40 winners at the Cheltenham Festival. The race has been won by several recognisable names in the past, and Jamie Codd has built up a particular affinity in the race of late, riding the winner on four occasions since 2009.    

What happened in the 2019 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup?

The 2019 renewal of the Kim Muir looked wide open, though punters had latched on to one runner in the 23-strong field in particular, the Gordon Elliott-trained Measureofmydreams, who was sent off a 3/1 favourite under Jamie Codd. The jockey is a four-time winner of the Kim Muir, though Measureofmydreams couldn’t justify the gamble, only finishing eighth. Instead, it was left to Any Second Now to take initiative of things, and having let down punters when sent off as favourite for the previous year’s Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase, everything finally clicked into place, and he scored by three and three quarter lengths in the J.P. McManus colours. 

Who is the most iconic winner of the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup?

Several winners of the Kim Muir have gone on to run well in the Grand National later in their careers, including the 2010 Kim Muir winner, Ballabriggs, who won the 2011 Aintree spectacular in the famous Trevor Hemmings silks. After winning the Kim Muir, Ballabriggs was directly aimed at the following year’s National, winning two novice hurdle races before finishing second in the Premier Chase at Kelso once his mark had been confirmed at Aintree. Ballabriggs would of course go on to win the Grand National, defeating the Sam Waley-Cohen-ridden Oscar Time by over two lengths. Ballabriggs failed to win another race in six attempts, and was handed a well-earned retirement after being pulled-up during the 2013 Grand National. 

Are there any trials for the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup?

As the Kim Muir is a handicap chase for amateur riders, there aren’t any trial races as such for the race, though keeping an eye on both graded races and big handicap chases in both Britain and Ireland throughout the season can help to paint a picture of what the race could look like on the day.

Who is the most successful jockey in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup?

The most successful jockey in the history of the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup is Jamie Codd, who has won the race four times, courtesy of Character Building (2009), Junior (2011), The Package (2015) and Cause of Causes (2016). 

Who is the most successful trainer in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup?

The most successful trainer in the history of the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup is Fred Rimell, with four winners, courtesy of Mighty Fine (1951), Gay Monarch II (1955), Nicolaus Silver (1961) and Double Negative (1977). 

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