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Kim Muir Challenge Cup Chase Betting Tips and Race Preview – Cheltenham 2018

Jockey Jamie Codd celebrates winning last year's Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Hand

The Kim Muir Handicap Chase is one of the most competitive races not just of the Cheltenham Festival, but of the entire jumps season. All of the big stables have many horses that could be aimed at this race, and they will choose the one they feel is best handicapped when the entries open for the race. The race is limited to amateur riders only, and the top amateurs are all booked weeks in advance for this race, such is their importance.

Looking back at the horses that have won the Kim Muir Cheltenham Race recently, it clearly takes a very strong, tough and determined horse to win this contest, which is no surprise when it is ran over the distance of three miles and two furlongs. You also need to look out for who is riding your horse, often the best riders are snapped up early, which can be a tip in itself. Jamie Codd is a prime example for this, he is often the first rider to be snapped up for this race, and has won it four times in the last ten years.

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2018 Kim Muir Handicap Chase Preview

Jockey during last year's Kim Muir Challenge Cup

Domesday Book sprang a huge surprise in the race last season, getting up to win at 40/1 in the Kim Muir 2018. However, aside from that result, this race has usually gone the way of one of the fancied runners, despite being a very tough handicap to solve. There are many horses in it, but stats show to look towards the head of the market.

If you look back further over the past ten years you will see many fancied horses have won the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup, rode by many of the best amateur jockeys. That is certainly something to keep an eye on when the race draws closer, see who has been booked to ride and pick out the best jockeys and look into their rides.

Looking at where the winners have come from in the past, despite having top amateur jockey Jamie Codd in Ireland, the Irish have won just two races in the last ten years, something they will be looking to change. Codd has ridden one of those winners, but his other three have all come for British trainers, make sure you take note of what he rides.

Kim Muir Challenge Chase Tips – Cheltenham 2018

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Cheltenham Kim Muir Challenge Chase Winners

The biggest stat to look at over the past ten years is Jamie Codd, who has ridden four winners recently and is certainly the best amateur jockey in the race. Elsewhere, British trainers have dominated, winning eight of the last ten renewals. While these are not the most specific Kim Muir Challenge Cup tips, they actually help.

Last 10 winners

Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2017 Domesday Book G.Andrews S.Edmunds
2016 Cause Of Clauses J.Codd G.Elliott
2015 The Package J.Codd D.Pipe
2014 Spring Heeled R.McNamara J.Culloty
2013 Same Difference R.Hatch N.Twiston-Davies
2012 Sunnyhillboy A.Berry J.O’Neill
2011 Junior J.Codd D.Pipe
2010 Ballabriggs R.Harding D.McCain
2009 Character Building J.Codd J.Quinn
2008 High Chimes J.Tudor E.Williams

Leading Trainers

Wins Trainer Years
2 D.Pipe 2011, 2015
1 S.Edmunds 2017
1 G.Elliott 2016
1 J.Culloty 2014
1 N.Twiston-Davies 2013
1 J.O’Neill 2012
1 D.McCain 2010
1 J.Quinn 2009
1 E.Williams 2008

Leading Jockeys

Wins Jockey Years
4 J.Codd 2009, 2011, 2015, 2016
1 G.Andrews 2017
1 R.McNamara 2014
1 R.Hatch 2013
1 A.Berry 2012
1 R.Harding 2010
1 J.Tudor 2008

Cheltenham 2018 Kim Muir Challenge Chase Race Conditions

Exceptional photo of a horse jumping over the fence at the Cheltenham Kim Muir Challenge

The Kim Muir Challenge Chase is a great handicap at the Cheltenham Festival that gives horses a tough test. You need to be strong to win this race, and having a top amateur jockey also helps. The British have dominated in recent years, but make sure you look out for Jamie Codd, who has won four races in the past ten years.

The race is ran over a distance of three miles and two furlongs, it is a chase race and only open for amateur riders. Horses aged five years old and up can enter, meaning there will be a good spread of young up and coming horses, as well as some older experienced handicappers. 

Location Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham England
Race Type Handicap chase for amateur riders
Distance Three miles and two furlongs (3M2F)
Age Five year and older
Surface Turf