Kim Muir Challenge Cup

Distance - 3m 2f 70yds

The Kim Muir Handicap Chase for Amateur Riders is over 3m 2f's and is usually one for the British trainers to go and win.

Last year David Pipe sent out twelve year old The Package to win this race and he's got ten horses entered before the final declarations.

It is a race that the Irish have an awful record in, they went 31 years without winning this race until 2014 when Spring Heeled won at 12/1.

If you're looking for a race trend then it could be worth noting that non-claiming jockeys have a good record in this race with four of the last five winners being ridden by a jockey who can't claim any weight.


I feel like I've wrote this horses name a thousand times but that's because this horse would have an excellent chance wherever David Pipe chooses to run him. He's a lightly raced chaser who has multiple entries. He'll have to carry 11-8 here which may put Mr Pipe off but he's a trainer who has an excellent record here so I won't be doubting his judgement. Doctor Harper is versatile ground wise and would have a very good chance if running here.

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Guess Again is entered here and also in the 2m Grand Annual Chase on the final day but I'd be extremely surprised if Tony Martin opted for that race instead of this. Guess Again was still travelling well when he fell in this same race last year. I've watched that fall a few times and I think we can forgive him. Guess Again was short of room and unsighted as a horse cut across him on the approach to the fence where he crashed out. Tony Martin then sent Guess Again to Sandown to run in the Bet365 Gold Cup chase over 3m 5f. Guess Again ran a blinder and looked the winner after jumping the final fence but failed to get home at a trip that was maybe slightly too far for him. This lightly raced 11 year old looks absolutely certain to appreciate this stiff 3m 2f race and could be an excellent each way bet!

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Ben Pauling is undecided whether to run Silvergrove here or in the Ultima Busines Solutions. This is the easier race as it's a Class 2 handicap compared to a Grade 3. If Silvergrove did turn up here then Tom David would ride. This horse is a bold jumping, free going sort who had made all in his last two races. Silvergrove wouldn't want the ground too soft but I don't think it will that will be a problem as the weather is meant to pick up over the weekend. This horse has a decent each way chance.

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