2021 Kim Muir Challenge Cup Tips

The final race on day three of the Cheltenham Festival is the Kim Muir Challenge Cup. This three-and-a-quarter-mile handicap chase was first run at the meeting way back in 1946. The Kim Muir is open only to horses rated 145 or below, and only amateur jockeys are eligible to ride in the race.

2021 Kim Muir Challenge Cup Key Facts

Date Thursday 18th March, 2021
Time 5:30pm
Course Cheltenham Festival
Status Class Two Handicap
Distance 3m 2f
Prize Pool £70k
Age 5YO+

2021 Kim Muir Challenge Cup Odds

No odds are currently available for the 2021 Kim Muir Challenge Cup.

2021 Kim Muir Challenge Cup Tips

Once the new National Hunt season starts and the potential runners in the Kim Muir starts to identify themselves, we'll have a range of tips up on our site.

2020 Kim Muir Challenge Cup Result

Position
Name
SP
1st Milan Native 9/1
2nd Kilfilum Cross 8/1
3rd Bob Mahler 16/1
4th Plan Of Attack 10/1
5th Deise Aba 8/1

Kim Muir Challenge Cup Day Card

Time
Title
Status
Distance
1:30pm Marsh Novices' Chase Grade One 2m 4f
2:10pm Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle Listed Handicap 3m
2:50pm Ryanair Chase Grade One 2m 4f
3:30pm Stayers' Hurdle Grade One 3m
4:10pm Brown Advisory Plate Handicap Chase Grade Three Handicap 2m 4f
4:50pm Mares' Novices' Hurdle Grade Two 2m 1f
5:30pm Kim Muir Handicap Chase Class Two Handicap 3m 2f

Kim Muir Challenge Cup History

The Kim Muir Challenge Cup has closed the curtain on day three of the Cheltenham Festival for over half a century. First run in 1946, the Kim Muir is named in honour of a cavalry officer who lost his life during World War II.

In 1991, the name of Fulke Walwyn was added to the title of the race. Walwyn was a successful jockey and trainer, saddling 40 winners at the Festival during his lifetime.

The Kim Muir is a handicap chase, run over the same 3m 2f trip as the Cheltenham Gold Cup. The race is open only to chasers rated 145 or below, and only amateur jockies are eligible to ride in the race.

Fulke Walwyn trained the winner of the Kim Muir twice, his first win coming with Jack Tatters in 1949. Fred Winter, who's name also adorns a race at the Cheltenham Festival trained the second back-to-back Kim Muir winners, when Glyde Court won and retained his crown in 1985 and '86.

Fred Rimmell is the most successful trainer in this handicap, having saddled the winner on four occasions. Rimell's third winner, Nicolaus Silver became the first horse to complete the Kim Muir, Aintree Grand National double in 1961.

Cool Ground won the Kim Muir Challenge Cup in 1989. Richard Mitchell's charge would go on to win the Welsh Grand National the following year, before landing the Gold Cup in 1992.

Another Aintree hero to win the Kim Muir was Ballabriggs. Donald McCain's star won at the Cheltenham Festival in 2010, before scoring in the Grand National the following season.

The Package became the joint-oldest horse to win the Kim Muir when he won as a 12-year-old in 2015. 12 months later, Cause Of Causes won the second of his three Cheltenham Festival titles in the Kim Muir.

Derek O'Connor guided Any Second Now to victory in the 2019 Kim Muir Challenge Cup. In 2020, Gordon Elliott celebrated his second win in the race, as Milan Native scored under young jockey, Reece James.

Kim Muir Challenge Cup Winners

Year
Winner
2020 Milan Native
2019 Any Second Now
2018 Missed Approach
2017 Domesday Book
2016 Cause Of Causes
2015 The Package
2014 Spring Heeled
2013 Same Difference
2012 Sunnyhillboy
2011 Junior
2010 Ballabriggs
2009 Character Building
2008 High Chimes
2007 Cloudy Lane
2006 You're Special
2005 Juveigneur
2004 Maximise
2003 Royal Predica
2002 The Bushkeeper

Kim Muir FAQs

What is the Kim Muir?

The Kim Muir Challenge Cup is a handicap chase staged during the Cheltenham Festival. The Kim Muir is open to chasers rated 145 and under, it's run over the same trip as the Gold Cup and only amateur jockeys are able to ride in the race.

Who was Kim Muir?

The Kim Muir Challenge Cup is named in honour of Kim Muir, a cavalry officer who died during World War II.

When is the Kim Muir?

The 2021 Kim Muir Challenge Cup will take place at 5:30pm on day three of the Cheltenham Festival on Thursday 18th March.

Where can I watch the Kim Muir?

The 2021 Kim Muir Challenge Cup will be shown live on ITV Racing. If you want to stream the race live on your mobile or tablet then visit our Live Streaming page for more details.