KIM MUIR CHASE

The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup is a handicap chase for amateur riders only and is often referred to as simply the Kim Muir Chase.

Originally called the Kim Muir Memorial Cup, Fulke Walwyn’s name was added to the race’s title in 1991. 

Walwyn trained 40 Cheltenham Festival winners during his illustrious training career, including this race twice.

There is a celing for ratings of 145 and the race is currently sponsored by the JRL Group.

Listed | 5yo+ | Thursday 17.30
3 miles 2 furlongs | 21 fences | New Course
Weight: 10st - 11st 12lb (handicap)
Prize money (2022): £75,000 | 1st: £36,668

The race has featured various future Grand National contenders and Ballabriggs won the National the year after winning in 2010.

Sunnyhillboy was then beaten by a nose in the National, just a month after winning the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase in 2011.

Cause of Causes also finished second in the National - 12 months after winning this race in 2016, while Any Second Now won in 2019 and was third in the National in 2021.

Famously, HRH Prince Charles (now King Charles) participated in the 1981 renewal and was unseated from his horse Good Prospect, who had won the race 12 months earlier.

2 of the last 20 winners won last time out
10 of the last 15 winners had not won that season
Jamie Codd has ridden 4 winners
14 of the last 16 winners returned at 16/1 or less
1 of the last 10 favourites won
Updated to include 2022 renewal

Recent winning form isn't a prerequisite, but 4 of the last 5 Kim Muir Chase winners did win or finish runner-up on their previous outing.

Jockey bookings are often key and for in-running punters it's worth noting the race tends to favour hold-up horses, with some amateur jockeys going off a little too hard.

The 2020 & 2021 renewals went to horses fitted with a tongue-tie, a notable trend in the longest staying handicap hurdle of the week, the Pertemps Final, run earlier in the day.

Gordon Elliott trained the 2016 and 2020 winners and was also training the 2021 winner before his suspension.

By contrast, neither Willie Mullins or Paul Nicholls have won the race, while Nicky Henderson’s last success was in 2005.

LAST 5 WINNERS’ DATA

YEAR
AGE
OFFICIAL RATING
WEIGHT
2022
10
134
10-12
2021
7
142
11-9
2020
7
141
11-1
2019
7
143
11-11
2018
8
138
11-5

RECENT WINNERS

YEAR
WINNER
JOCKEY / TRAINER
SP
2022
Chambard
Lucy Turner / Venetia Williams
40/1
2021
Mount Ida
Jack Kennedy / Mrs Denise Foster
3/1f
2020
Milan Native
Rob James / Gordon Elliott
9/1
2019
Any Second Now
Derek O'Connor / Ted Walsh
6/1
2018
Missed Approach
Noel McParlan / Warren Greatrex
8/1
2017
Domesday Book
Gina Andrews / Stuart Edmunds
40/1
2016
Cause of Causes
Jamie Codd / Gordon Elliott
9/2
2015
The Package
Jamie Codd / David Pipe
9/1
2014
Spring Heeled
Robbie McNamara / Jim Culloty
12/1
2013
Same Difference
Ryan Hatch / Nigel Twiston-Davies
16/1
2012
Sunnyhillboy
Alan Berry / Jonjo O'Neill
13/2f
2011
Junior
Jamie Codd / David Pipe
100/30f
2010
Ballabriggs
Richard Harding / Donald McCain
9/1
2009
Character Building
Jamie Codd / John Quinn
16/1
2008
High Chimes
James Tudor / Evan Williams
14/1
2007
Cloudy Lane
Richard Burton / Donald McCain
15/2f
2006
You're Special
Richard Harding / Ferdy Murphy
33/1
2005
Juveigneur
Richard Burton / Nicky Henderson
12/1
2004
Maximise
Darren Edwards / Martin Pipe
40/1
2003
Royal Predica
Saul McHugh / Martin Pipe
33/1
2002
The Bushkeeper
David Crosse / Nicky Henderson
9/2f
2001

Festival Cancelled

2000
Honey Mount
Robert Walford / Robert Alner
8/1

Chambard, ridden by amateur jockey Lucy Turner, led home a 1-3 for trainer Venetia Williams in 2022, at odds of 40/1 and 66/1 respectively:

‘IT’S WHAT YOU DREAM OF. TO RIDE ANY WINNER AT CHELTENHAM - BUT FOR IT TO BE AT THE FESTIVAL IS AMAZING’

Mount Ida won in 2021 despite the mare trailing the field by some way on the first circuit and trading at 999/1 in-running.

Professional jockeys took over from the amateurs due to Covid restrictions and the winner was ridden by Jack Kennedy:

‘SHE WASN’T JUMPING OR TRAVELLING EARLY ON BUT SHE WARMED INTO IT LOVELY AND SHE WAS DOING HER BEST WORK AT THE FINISH’

Milan Native recorded his first success over fences to win the Kim Muir Chase in 2020.

It was also the seven-year-old's first outing beyond 2 miles 6 furlongs and a first Festival winner for top point-to-point rider Rob James, who was claiming 7lb:

‘I HAVE ALWAYS DREAMED OF THIS AND IT IS UNBELIEVABLE...I WAS JUMPING AND ACTUALLY GETTING THERE A BIT TOO SOON, SO I HELD ON TO HIM THE WHOLE WAY DOWN THE HILL’

Any Second Now stayed on strongly under a superb ride by Derek O'Connor in 2019.

Winning trainer Ted Walsh had won the race twice as a jockey back in the 1970's:

‘CHELTENHAM IS MAGNIFICENT, PURE MAGIC. I’VE BEEN RACING ALL OVER THE WORLD, BUT THERE’S NOWHERE LIKE CHELTENHAM’

Missed Approach, runner-up to Tiger Roll in the National Hunt Chase 12 months earlier, went one better in the 2018 Kim Muir.

Showing the benefit of a recent wind op, he held on doggedly under a brave front-running ride from Noel McParlan, who won his first Festival race after three seconds:

‘THIS IS VERY SPECIAL. I NEVER THOUGHT THIS DAY WOULD COME’

In 2016 Cause of Causes won the second of his three Festival races, having won the National Hunt Chase 12 months earlier.

The race was introduced to the Festival in 1946 in memory of the 'fearless' amateur jockey and trainer Ian Kay ('Kim') Muir, who died in France during World War II aged 24. Originally it was restricted to riders who had served in the armed forces.

PREVIOUS WINNERS

YEAR
WINNER
JOCKEY / TRAINER
SP
1999
Celtic Giant
Bruce Gibson / Len Lungo
20/1
1998
In Truth
Seamus Durack / Steve Gollings
20/1
1997
King Lucifer
Robert Thornton / David Nicholson
7/2
1996
Stop the Waller
Ken Whelan / Ferdy Murphy
16/1
1995
Flyer's Nap
Peter Henley / Robert Alner
11/1
1994
Fighting Words
Tim McCarthy / Josh Gifford
9/2f
1993
Strong Beau
Tom Jenks / David Nicholson
6/1
1992
Tug of Gold
Marcus Armytage / David Nicholson
11/1
1991
Omerta
Adrian Maguire / Martin Pipe
11/1
1990
Master Bob
John Berry / Nicky Henderson
20/1
1989
Cool Ground
Anthony Tory / Richard Mitchell
7/2f
1988
Golden Minstrel
Tom Grantham / Josh Gifford
7/1
1987
The Ellier
Gee Armytage / Nigel Tinkler
16/1
1986
Glyde Court
John Queally / Fred Winter
13/2
1985
Glyde Court
Simon Sherwood / Fred Winter
11/1
1984
Broomy Bank
Jim Wilson / John Edwards
16/1
1983
Greasepaint
Colin Magnier / Michael Cunningham
8/1
1982
Political Pop
Dermot Browne / Michael Dickinson
15/1
1981
Waggoners Walk
Chris Cundall / Caroline Mason
7/1
1980
Good Prospect
Jim Wilson / John Edwards
9/2
1979
Redundant Punter
D. Jackson / Tim Forster
14/1
1978

No Race

1977
Double Negative
Peter Brookshaw / Fred Rimell
11/2
1976
Prolan
Ted Walsh / Edward O'Grady
3/1
1975
Quick Reply
Ridley Lamb / Harry Bell
15/2
1974
Castleruddery
Ted Walsh / Peter McCreery
14/1
1973
Hinterland
Bill Foulkes / Tim Forster
5/2f
1972
The Ghost
John Mead / Vernon Cross
5/2f
1971
Black Baize
John Lawrence / Bill Shand Kydd
13/8f
1970
Rainbow Valley
Michael Dickinson / Tony Dickinson
10/1
1969
Pride of Kentucky
Roger Charlton / Edward Courage
100/8
1968
Chu-Teh
David Crossley-Cooke / Ken Cundell
3/1f
1967
Chu-Teh
Nick Gaselee / Ken Cundell
9/2
1966
Jimmy Scot
John Lawrence / Fulke Walwyn
6/1
1965
Burton Tan
Robin Collie / Robin Collie
10/1
1964
Jim's Tavern
Giles Pitman / John Hicks
10/1
1963
Centre Circle
Basil Ancil / Derek Ancil
6/1
1962
Carrickbeg
Giles Pitman / Don Butchers
7/1
1961
Nicolaus Silver
Bill Tellwright / Fred Rimell
10/1
1960
Solray
Captain Nicholas Upton / Fred Cliffe
7/1
1959
Irish Coffee
Gay Kindersley / Charlie McCartan
100/30
1958
Lochroe
Edward Cazalet / Peter Cazalet
10/11f
1957
Mighty Apollo
Bobby Brewis / David Machin
25/1
1956
Filon d'Or
Danny Moralee / Horace Cousins
20/1
1955
Gay Monarch II
Rupert Watson / Fred Rimell
100/8
1954
Arctic Gold
Ted Greenway / Gerald Balding
6/1
1953
Crudwell
Atty Corbett / Frank Cundell
5/4f
1952
Menzies
Peter Chisman / Syd Mercer
4/1f
1951
Mighty Fine
Peter Chisman / Fred Rimell
2/1f
1950
Morning Cover
A. Parker / Gerry Wilson
6/1
1949
Jack Tatters
Lord Mildmay / Fulke Walwyn
4/1f
1948
Double Bridge
John Gale / Bay Powell
20/1
1947

No Race

1946
Astrometer
Denis Baggallay / Charles Rogers
5/4f
All Kim Muir Chase winners prior to 2000