Kim Muir Chase Cup Tips - 5:30pm Cheltenham

2019 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Preview

The final race on the third day of the Festival is the Kim Muir Handicap which is a race for Amateur Riders over 3m1f.

Irish amateur jockey Jamie Codd has won this race four times and more often than not the race goes to a pilot with plenty of experience, so a good starting point for a race such as this.

Last year Warren Greatrex trained Missed Approach to success beating two well fancied Irish runners in Mall Dini and Squouateur.

The Irish won this race in 1983 with Greasepaint and then never won it again until Spring Heeled was victorious in 2014. Cause Of Causes has since added to their tally but in general it’s not a race for the visitors.

Jockey Sam Waley-Cohen does well with his limited rides at the big Festivals and part owns The Young Master.

This once useful chaser seemed to have lost his way last season but has bounced back to form with two victories at Chepstow and here at Cheltenham. Last time out was a non-going day in the Ladbroke Trophy and has been given a break since.

Owner J.P.McManus has won this race twice and had plenty of placed horses, he generally has the call on the best Irish amateur riders which counts for such a lot in this contest.

His No Comment trained by Philip Hobbs would have to have a chance on his best form. He was a respectable 6th last year in the four mile National Hunt Chase and has only had one run since when 5th of 9 behind Bags Groove at Ffos Las. 

The green and gold colours will also be worn by the fancied Any Second Now who is trained by Ted Walsh. The 7yo has been operating at shorter trips for the most part but ran well to be 5th in the Paddy Power Chase in December over an extended 3 miles.

Last time out he was 3rd to Chris’s Dream at Navan and that will have put him spot on for this.

The bets backed horse in the ante-post market has been the Gordon Elliott trained Measureofmydreams.  He ran a cracker in the National Hunt Chase in 2016 to finish 3rd behind Minella Rocco but didn’t seem to move on from that.

He came over the following year but was only 13th in the Ultima Chase and ended the season finishing 9th in the Irish Grand National. Injury then struck and was not seen for 667 days until reappearing at Fairyhouse last month.

As a result of this baron spell he has dropped to a very tempting mark and his 3rd behind Snugsborough Benny on his comeback was very encouraging.

It would be a remarkable training performance to get him back competitive in a race such as this but the money has certainly been put down suggesting he could go well.

Elliott also has Its All Guesswork in the line-up, he has only won twice in 14 starts but has plenty of placed efforts to his name.

He won his first chase at Navan in September over 2m4f and then last time out ran respectably trying a longer trip over hurdles in a Pertemps qualifier. He could be well handicapped.

Jonjo O’Neill is also a previous winner of the Kim Muir and has Sky Pirate. He’s a decent ground horse so won’t want any rain. He had a prep run at Exeter last month and ran a respectable race to finish 4th to Captain Cattistock and should be spot on now.

Willie Mullins saddles the top weight Livelovelaugh, he will be riiden by the trainers son Patrick and comes here after finishing second at Leopardstown last time out which was an improved run after his disappointing seasonal reappearance. He has had a few weeks of and could go well in this company.

Another Irish contender with a chance is Speaker Connolly, trained by the in form Alan Fleming. He won at Leopardstown at the Christmas meeting and has since finsihed 3rd in that same race behind Livelovelaugh at the same venue last month. Thats decent enough form and should be thereabouts here.


Punters Lounge Tip: The Young Master EW 16/1 at William Hill - Click Here To Bet
 

Kim Muir Chase Cup Trends
Kim Muir Chase Cup Previous Winners
YearWinnerAge Weight JockeyTrainerSP
2019Any Second Now711-11Derek O'ConnorTed Walsh6/1
2018Missed Approach811-05Noel McParlanWarren Greatrex8/1
2017Domesday Book711-04Gina AndrewsStuart Edmonds40/1
2016Cause of Causes811-09Jamie CoddGordon Elliott9/2
2015The Package1211-04Jamie CoddDavid Pipe9/1
2014Spring Heeled711-06Robbie McNamaraJim Culloty12/1
2013Same Difference711-07Ryan HatchNigel Twiston-Davies16/1
2012Sunnyhillboy911-11Alan BerryJonjo O'Neill13/2
2011Junior811-06Jamie CoddDavid Pipe10/3
2010Ballabriggs911-12Richard HardingDonald McCain, Jr.9/1
2009Character Building911-12Jamie CoddJohn Quinn16/1

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