Kim Muir Chase

The Kim Muir Challenge Cup is a handicap chase over three and a quarter miles for amateur riders at the Cheltenham Festival.

The race is named in honour of a cavalry office who lost his life in World War II. In 1991 the name of legendary National Hunt trainer Fulke Walwyn was added to the title, the winner of 40 festival races including four Cheltenham Gold Cups and two Champion Hurdles.

Professional riders stood in for their amateur counterparts in 2021 due to covid restrictions. The leading Irish amateurs are always in great demand for this race, particularly Jamie Codd who won it four times in an eight-year period from 2009 to 2016.

1989 winner Cool Ground went on to win a Gold Cup and 2010 winner Ballabriggs won the Grand National the following season.

Find out more about the Kim Muir Chase:

Kim Muir Chase

Kim Muir Chase Overview

The Kim Muir Challenge Cup is a steeplechase for amateur riders. Horses must be five years old or older.

The chase takes place on Cheltenham’s New Course over a distance of approximately 3 miles and 2 furlongs, with twenty-one obstacles to be jumped.

It is a handicap event that takes place on the third day of the Cheltenham Festival in March each year.

Kim Muir Chase 2023 Odds

Kim Muir Challenge Cup - NRNB - BOG
  • Date: Thursday 16th of March 2023
  • Time: 17:30
  • Details: 15 Runners Non Runner No Bet. Enhanced Place Terms.
Mr Incredible
Angels Dawn
Next Destination
Royal Thief
Emir Sacree
Defi Bleu
Coo Star Sivola
One More Fleurie

Kim Muir Chase Tips

The Kim Muir Chase tips are below:

  • 2 points to win for ANGELS DAWN
  • 1 point each way for MR INCREDIBLE

Many Kim Muir Chase horses will race in more races throughout the years. Stay updated on the horses and place ante-post bets if you want to wager on them.

If you are looking for more racing tips for events taking place at Cheltenham then check out our Cheltenham horse racing tips page.

Kim Muir Chase Previous Winners

Year Winner Age Weight Jockey Trainer
1946Astrometer810–13Denis BaggallayCharles Rogers
1947no race 1947 [a]
1948Double Bridge710-10J. GaleBay Powell
1949Jack Tatters1112-02Lord MildmayFulke Walwyn
1950Morning Cover910-10A. ParkerGerry Wilson
1951Mighty Fine911-11Peter ChismanFred Rimell
1952Menzies1010–11Peter ChismanSyd Mercer
1953Crudwell711-11Atty CorbettFrank Cundell
1954Arctic Gold912-03Ted GreenwayGerald Balding
1955Gay Monarch II911-03Rupert WatsonFred Rimell
1956Filon d'Or910-10Danny MoraleeHorace Cousins
1957Mighty Apollo810–13Bobby BrewisDavid Machin
1958Lochroe1012-02Edward CazaletPeter Cazalet
1959Irish Coffee910–13Gay KindersleyCharlie McCartan
1960Solray611-03Nick UptonF. Cliffe
1961Nicolaus Silver910-05Bill TellwrightFred Rimell
1962Carrickbeg609-12Giles PitmanDon Butchers
1963Centre Circle810–12Basil AncilDerek Ancil
1964Jim's Tavern710-04Giles PitmanJohn Hicks
1965Burton Tan1011-03Robin CollieRobin Collie
1966Jimmy Scot1010-09John LawrenceFulke Walwyn
1967Chu-Teh810-08Nick GaseleeKen Cundell
1968Chu-Teh910-06David Crossley-CookeKen Cundell
1969Pride of Kentucky710-04Roger CharltonEdward Courage
1970Rainbow Valley710–12Michael DickinsonTony Dickinson
1971Black Baize610-06John LawrenceBill Shand Kydd
1972The Ghost711-11John MeadVernon Cross
1973Hinterland710-07Bill FoulkesTim Forster
1974Castleruddery810-05Ted WalshPeter McCreery
1975Quick Reply1011-01Ridley LambHarry Bell
1976Prolan711-07Ted WalshEdward O'Grady
1977Double Negative710-09Peter BrookshawFred Rimell
1978no race 1978 [b]
1979Redundant Punter909-12D. JacksonTim Forster
1980Good Prospect1110–12Jim WilsonJohn Edwards
1981Waggoners Walk1210-03C. CundallCaroline Mason
1982Political Pop812-00Dermot BrowneMichael Dickinson
1983Greasepaint811-05Colin MagnierMichael Cunningham
1984Broomy Bank911-04Jim WilsonJohn Edwards
1985Glyde Court810-05Simon SherwoodFred Winter
1986Glyde Court911-00John QueallyFred Winter
1987The Ellier1110-05Gee ArmytageNigel Tinkler
1988Golden Minstrel911-01Tom GranthamJosh Gifford
1989Cool Ground710-00Anthony ToryRichard Mitchell
1990Master Bob1010-01John BerryNicky Henderson
1991Omerta1109-13Adrian MaguireMartin Pipe
1992Tug of Gold710-02Marcus ArmytageDavid Nicholson
1993Strong Beau809-08Tom JenksDavid Nicholson
1994Fighting Words810-00Tim McCarthyJosh Gifford
1995Flyer's Nap909-10Peter HenleyRobert Alner
1996Stop the Waller709-11Ken WhelanFerdy Murphy
1997King Lucifer811-05Robert ThorntonDavid Nicholson
1998In Truth1009-09Seamus DurackSteve Gollings
1999Celtic Giant910-00Bruce GibsonLen Lungo
2000Honey Mount909-12Robert WalfordRobert Alner
2001no race 2001 [c]
2002The Bushkeeper811-02David CrosseNicky Henderson
2003Royal Predica910–13Saul McHughMartin Pipe
2004Maximise1010-06Darren EdwardsMartin Pipe
2005Juveigneur811-07Richard BurtonNicky Henderson
2006You're Special910–12Richard HardingFerdy Murphy
2007Cloudy Lane710–11Richard BurtonDonald McCain, Jr.
2008High Chimes910-10James TudorEvan Williams
2009Character Building911–12Jamie CoddJohn Quinn
2010Ballabriggs911–12Richard HardingDonald McCain, Jr.
2011Junior811-06Jamie CoddDavid Pipe
2012Sunnyhillboy911-11Alan BerryJonjo O'Neill
2013Same Difference711-07Ryan HatchNigel Twiston-Davies
2014Spring Heeled711-06Robbie McNamaraJim Culloty
2015The Package1211-04Jamie CoddDavid Pipe
2016Cause of Causes811-09Jamie CoddGordon Elliott
2017Domesday Book711-04Gina AndrewsStuart Edmunds
2018Missed Approach811-05Noel McParlanWarren Greatrex
2019Any Second Now711-11Derek O'ConnorTed Walsh
2020Milan Native711-08Rob JamesGordon Elliott
2021Mount Ida711-09Jack KennedyDenise Foster
2022Chambard1010-12Lucy TurnerVenetia Williams
2023Angels Dawn811-00Pa KellySam Curling

Famous Kim Muir Challenge Cup Winners & History

The inaugural Kim Muir Chase was held in 1946 and was won by Astrometer.

In 1961 it was won by a grey horse called Nicolaus Silver, trained by Fred Rimell and ridden by Bill Tellwright. He won the Aintree Grand National in the same year, this time with Bobby Beasley in the saddle at odds of 28-1. He was only the second grey to win the National and it would not be until Neptune Collonges in 2012 before another grey claimed the world’s greatest steeplechase.

Chu-The became the first of only two dual winners of the race when successful in 1967 and 1968. The only other horse to do so was Fred Winter’s Glyde Court in 1985 and 1986.

Greasepaint won for Ireland in 1983 and went on to finish second to Hallo Dandy in the 1984 Grand National.

Cool Ground came storming up the Cheltenham Hill when trained by Richard Mitchell and ridden by Anthony Tory in 1989. He would win the Welsh Grand National for Reg Akehurst in 1990 and the Cheltenham Gold Cup for Toby Balding in 1991, famously edging out The Fellow by a short-head under a vigorous ride from Adrian Maguire.

Ballabriggs (2010) went on to win the Grand National the following year for trainer Donald McCain Jnr and owner, the late Trevor Hemmings.

The race almost produced another National winner but Sunnyhillboy (2012) was touched off by Neptune Collonges at Aintree. 2016 winner Cause Of Causes also finished runner-up at Aintree and 2019 winner Any Second Now finished third last year, both in the colours of JP McManus.

What are the betting trends for the Kim Muir Chase

Key Kim Muir Challenge Cup Trials

The handicaps at the Cheltenham Festival are so competitive that the winners come from a wide variety of courses and races.

Experience around Cheltenham is a definite advantage with nine of the last twelve winners having raced at least twice here over three miles or further.

Six of those winners had previously enjoyed success at Cheltenham.

Five of the last twelve winners ran at Sandown next time in the Bet365 Gold Cup, formerly known as the Whitbread, but all were beaten.

Only two of the last twenty Kim Muir winners won next time out, although it is a race worth noting for future Grand National clues.

Only Sunnyhillboy (second in 2012) ran in the Grand National the same season.

Kim Muir Challenge Cup Betting Trends

Although this is a competitive race, shocks are relatively few and far between.

Domesday Book (2017) was a 40-1 winner with only Same Difference (16-1 in 2013) and Spring Heeled (12-1 in 2014) also returning at double-figure prices in the past twelve seasons. Maximize also returned at 40-1 in 2004, trained by Martin Pipe and ridden by Darren Edwards.

Junior (2011), Sunnyhillboy (2012) and Mount Ida (2021) were all well-supported favourites, returning at 100-30, 13-2 and 3-1 respectively.

Cause Of Causes (2016) and Any Second Now (2019) were both the second favourites and there were four third-favourites in the same period.

Kim Muir Challenge Cup – Top Trainers and Jockeys

You have to go back to Fred Rimell for the most successful trainer in the history of the Kim Muir Challenge Cup. He won it four times; Mighty Fine (1951), Gay Monarch II (1955), Nicolaus Silver (1961) and Double Negative (1977).

Martin Pipe won it three times and his son David has two victories to his credit; Junior (2011) and The Package (2015).

Nicky Henderson also has three victories in the race but the last of those was Juveigneur in 2005, ridden by Richard Burton. The same rider won again two years later on Cloudy Lane for Donald McCain Jnr.

The trainer to follow in recent times is Gordon Elliott. He trained Cause Of Causes (2016) and Milan Native (2020) and missed out on a third when having his license suspended ahead of Mount Ida’s 2021 success, the win being credited to Denise Foster.

Jamie Codd remains the most successful jockey in the race with four winners; Character Building (2009), Junior (2011), The Package (2015) and Cause Of Causes (2016). He is the only rider to win it more than once since Richard Harding (You’re Special 2006 and Ballabriggs 2010).

Betting on the Kim Muir Challenge Cup

The Kim Muir Challenge Cup at the Cheltenham Festival has quite a lively ante-post market.

Irish-trained runners have won it for the past three seasons, all quite well-supported. With bookmakers now offering “non-runner – no bet” on all Cheltenham Festival races from the end of January, betting on the Kim Muir Challenge Cup has become a more attractive proposition.

You should also look out for enhanced each-way terms on the Kim Muir with bookmakers sometimes paying out down to fifth or even sixth place.

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Popular Questions

Where is the Kim Muir Chase run?

The Kim Muir Chase is run on the new course at Cheltenham.

What distance is the Kim Muir Chase?

The Kim Muir Chase is 3 miles and 2 furlongs long.

How many fences are in the Kim Muir Chase?

During the Kim Muir Chase, there is a total of 21 fences to be jumped.


Summary of the Kim Muir Chase (Walwyn Kim Muir challenge Chase)

The Kim Muir is a tough handicap chase held as part of the 4 day Cheltenham Festival in March.

Proven stamina is key with many horses going on to have success in Grand Nationals.

It can be a tough and gruelling race and in one in which those towards the top of the marketing tend to perform well with the more experienced amateur riders faring well.

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