KIM MUIR CHASE

The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup is a handicap chase for amateur riders only.

Originally called the Kim Muir Amateur Riders' Steeplechase, Fulke Walwyn’s name was added to the race’s title in 1991. 

Walwyn trained 40 Festival winners during his illustrious training career.

It 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 participated in the 1981 renewal and was unseated from his horse Good Prospect, who had won the race 12 months earlier.

1 of the last 19 winners won last time out
10 of the last 14 winners had not won that season
Jamie Codd has ridden 4 winners
6 of the last 9 winners were aged 7
14 of the last 15 winners returned at 16/1 or less
1 of the last 9 favourites won

Recent winning form isn't a prerequisite for this race, but 3 of the last 4 winners did 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 last two renewals have gone to horses fitted with a tongue-tie, a notable trend in the longest staying handicap hurdle of the week, the Pertemps, run earlier in the day.

There is a ceiling for ratings of 145 and the last three winners have been rated 141+.

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

That winner, Mount Ida, was the third seven-year-old in a row to win the race - from only 3 horses that age in a field of 21.

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
Miss 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

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:

Milan Native won on his first outing beyond 2 miles 6 furlongs in 2020.

It was also the seven-year-old's first win over fences and a first Festival winner for jockey Rob James, who was claiming 7lb:

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 3 second places:

‘THIS IS VERY SPECIAL. I NEVER THOUGHT THIS DAY WOULD COME’
Kim Muir was an infantryman who died in the Second World War. The race was dedicated to him by his sister, Mrs Evan Williams, who introduced the race to the Festival in 1946.