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.
KIM MUIR CHASE TRENDS
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
Lucy Turner / Venetia Williams
Jack Kennedy / Mrs Denise Foster
Rob James / Gordon Elliott
Derek O'Connor / Ted Walsh
Noel McParlan / Warren Greatrex
Gina Andrews / Stuart Edmunds
Jamie Codd / Gordon Elliott
Robbie McNamara / Jim Culloty
Ryan Hatch / Nigel Twiston-Davies
Alan Berry / Jonjo O'Neill
Richard Harding / Donald McCain
James Tudor / Evan Williams
Richard Burton / Donald McCain
Richard Harding / Ferdy Murphy
Richard Burton / Nicky Henderson
Darren Edwards / Martin Pipe
Saul McHugh / Martin Pipe
David Crosse / Nicky Henderson
Robert Walford / Robert Alner
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.
Seamus Durack / Steve Gollings
Robert Thornton / David Nicholson
Ken Whelan / Ferdy Murphy
Peter Henley / Robert Alner
Tim McCarthy / Josh Gifford
Tom Jenks / David Nicholson
Marcus Armytage / David Nicholson
Adrian Maguire / Martin Pipe
John Berry / Nicky Henderson
Anthony Tory / Richard Mitchell
Tom Grantham / Josh Gifford
Gee Armytage / Nigel Tinkler
John Queally / Fred Winter
Simon Sherwood / Fred Winter
Jim Wilson / John Edwards
Colin Magnier / Michael Cunningham
Dermot Browne / Michael Dickinson
Chris Cundall / Caroline Mason
Jim Wilson / John Edwards
Peter Brookshaw / Fred Rimell
Ted Walsh / Edward O'Grady
Ted Walsh / Peter McCreery
Bill Foulkes / Tim Forster
John Lawrence / Bill Shand Kydd
Michael Dickinson / Tony Dickinson
Roger Charlton / Edward Courage
David Crossley-Cooke / Ken Cundell
Nick Gaselee / Ken Cundell
John Lawrence / Fulke Walwyn
Robin Collie / Robin Collie
Giles Pitman / John Hicks
Basil Ancil / Derek Ancil
Giles Pitman / Don Butchers
Bill Tellwright / Fred Rimell
Captain Nicholas Upton / Fred Cliffe
Gay Kindersley / Charlie McCartan
Edward Cazalet / Peter Cazalet
Bobby Brewis / David Machin
Danny Moralee / Horace Cousins
Rupert Watson / Fred Rimell
Ted Greenway / Gerald Balding
Atty Corbett / Frank Cundell
Peter Chisman / Syd Mercer
Peter Chisman / Fred Rimell
Lord Mildmay / Fulke Walwyn
Denis Baggallay / Charles Rogers
All Kim Muir Chase winners prior to 2000