- 1:30 Supreme Novices Hurdle
- 2:10 Arkle Chase
- 2:50 Ultima Handicap Chase
- 3:30 Champion Hurdle
- 4:10 Mares Hurdle
- 4:50 National Hunt Chase Cup
- 5:30 Close Brothers Novices Chase
- 1:30 Ballymore Novices Hurdle
- 2:10 RSA Chase
- 2:50 Coral Cup
- 3:30 Queen Mthr Champion Chase
- 4:10 Cross Country Chase
- 4:50 Fred Winter H'Cap Hurdle
- 5:30 Champion Bumper
- 1:30 JLT Novices Chase
- 2:10 Pertemps Final Hurdle
- 2:50 Ryanair Chase
- 3:30 Stayers Hurdle
- 4:10 Brown Advisory Plate
- 4:50 Mares Novices Hurdle
- 5:30 Kim Muir Chase Cup
2019 Kim Muir Cup Preview & Tips - 5.30pm Cheltenham
2019 PREVIEW DUE by MARCH 5th-10th
Last year we had a 40/1 shocker when Domesday Book won for lady rider Gina Andrews, that was an exception rather than the rule as this race often goes to something in the top half dozen in the betting. Another strong stat is that the winner is generally ridden by a big name amateur, Jamie Codd for example has won it four times now.
The Irish have only won it twice since the turn of the century yet on closer inspection both of those victories were in the last four renewals suggesting they should now be taken seriously in a race they hardly bothered about at one time.
Mall Dini has been well backed in the lead up to the race and is fancied to improve on his 5th position of twelve months ago. He was going like the winner at one time and just got done for a turn of foot at a crucial time. He gets to run off the same mark and has been running quite well this season.
His fourth at Fairyhouse behind Presenting Percy was a good effort and then last time out was out of his depth at Punchestown, that run will have been an ideal prep and all looks set for a big run.
Squouateur trained by Gordon Elliott was considered a little unlucky in the race last year, he was held up at the back by Jamie Codd and was making some nice headway when making a bad blunder three out and they went their separate ways. He had been well backed prior to the race and has been looked after by connections and goes again off the same mark.
His best run this season was when third at Leopardstown behind Anibale Fly, again he was backed as if defeat was out of the question and I’m sure there is a big race in him somewhere.
Nicky Henderson’s Sugar Baron was 6th last year for useful pilot Josh Newman, the 8yo has had a similar preparation with a couple of outings and has managed to protect his mark at the same time. His last run was in December behind Benbens at Sandown and only went down by a neck. He looks the main hope from Seven Barrows who have won this twice previously.
Form lines from twelve months ago keep cropping up and the runner up that day was Pendra, only beaten three-quarters of a length. He went into that race off a 340-day lay off and has not been out since. His main aim will be the Grand National in which he was 13th in it last year but will line up here at the Festival for the fifth time in his career.
Wild West Wind comes here after refusing at Haydock last time, we can ignore that run as it almost unraceable and not many horses completed that day. Trainer Tom George does well with his handicappers at Cheltenham and this 9yo was a winner at Chepstow in December, he’s on his highest mark now but very capable on his day.
The Twiston-Davies yard won this with Same Difference in 2013 and they have a couple of chances here.
Tintern Theatre has run some good races this season without getting his rewards; he did win at Kempton in December but had failed to complete either side of that victory. Last time out he never really got competitive but could go well if putting it all together. Veteran Double Ross has ran here many times before and the assistance of the good amateur Zak Baker.
Another with a squeak has to be Missed Approach trained by Warren Gretarex. He's had a wind operation since he was second at Musselburgh in early February. He ran well here at the Festival twelve months ago when second to Tiger Roll in the four-miler and is actually better off at the weights now.
Jockey Sam Waley-Cohen always seems to have a mount in this and he rides The Young Master. The pair teamed up in the Grand National last year but unfortunatley fell at Becher's first time round. He's not been in the best of form lately but you should never write off this jockey at a big Festival.
One more to mention and that is the Dr Richard Newland trained Band Of Blood. He came back this year after nearly two years off the track and won his first two races at Exeter and Doncaster. He was well handicapped due to his absence and may just be on the right side of the weights still. James King gets the leg up and they could be in for a decent spin.
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Kim Muir Cup Runners
Kim Muir Cup 10 Trends
|10/10 Winners||Had won no more than 2 handicap chases|
|9/10 Winners||Aged between 7-9 years old|
|8/10 Winners||Ran over 3m last time out|
|8/10 Winners||Carried 11st 4lbs or more|
|9/10 Winners||Were rated 134 or more|
|7/10 Winners||Had won over 3 miles previously|
|7/10 Winners||Had finished 5th or worst on their last run|
|8/10 Winners||Ridden by jockeys with no claim|
|8/10 Winners||Were NOT trained in Ireland|
|8/10 Favourites||Did NOT win the race|
Kim Muir Cup Previous Winners
|2018||Missed Approach||8||11-05||Noel McParlan||Warren Greatrex||8/1|
|2017||Domesday Book||7||11-04||Gina Andrews||Stuart Edmonds||40/1|
|2016||Cause of Causes||8||11-09||Jamie Codd||Gordon Elliott||9/2|
|2015||The Package||12||11-04||Jamie Codd||David Pipe||9/1|
|2014||Spring Heeled||7||11-06||Robbie McNamara||Jim Culloty||12/1|
|2013||Same Difference||7||11-07||Ryan Hatch||Nigel Twiston-Davies||16/1|
|2012||Sunnyhillboy||9||11-11||Alan Berry||Jonjo O'Neill||13/2|
|2011||Junior||8||11-06||Jamie Codd||David Pipe||10/3|
|2010||Ballabriggs||9||11-12||Richard Harding||Donald McCain, Jr.||9/1|
|2009||Character Building||9||11-12||Jamie Codd||John Quinn||16/1|