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Kim Muir Challenge Cup predictions, betting tips, odds and free bets (DAY 3 - March 15, 2018)

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The Kim Muir Challenge Cup is a chase run for amateur jockeys only over an extended three miles one furlongs where the runners have nineteen fences to jump. This class 2 was won in 2017 by the Stuart Edmunds-trained Domesday Book at 40/1. This article contains a complete 2018 Kim Muir Challenge Cup race preview, our free predictions and betting tips, key trends, best odds, free bets, no deposit bonuses and bookie promotions.


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The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup is the Cheltenham Festival’s showcase of amateur riding talent in the UK. It's a handicap chase run over three miles and one and a half furlongs, for horses aged five years and upwards. A severe test with a big field often going off far too hard, and it can pay to focus in on a proven stayer who is likely to be dropped out in rear during the early stages.

Ridden by amateurs, horses who feature prominently here can go on to run in future Grand Nationals. For instance, 2010 winner Ballabriggs won the Grand National the following season.

And now we'll take a closer look at this year's Kim Muir Challenge Cup and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail.

MALL DINI, a former winner at the Festival, snapped a poor run of results when shaping well behind Fountains Windfall at Kempton in January, ruining his chance by jumping badly left at every fence but finishing really strongly after the last. His fourth at Fairyhouse behind Presenting Percy was a good effort. The left handed Prestbury Park racecourse will suit him much better and he is expected to improve on his 5th position of twelve months ago.

SQUOUATEUR unseated his rider as the 5-1 favourite for last year’s race. Gordon Elliott’s grey was the subject of a big gamble last time in a valuable chase at Leopardstown but trailed in some 65 lengths behind the winner Patrick's Park.

PENDRA was only beaten three-quarters of a length in the 2017 renewal and has not been out since. His main aim will be the Grand National in which he was 13th in it last year.

SUGAR BARON finished sixth in this race last year, beaten seven lengths. Anyway, he comes into the race in better form this time around, having finished 2nd in both his starts so far, beaten less than a length each time.

TINTERN THEATRE recorded a good win at Kempton in December but had failed to complete either side of that victory. He was far behind Master Dee when 11th of 15 on his latest outing in a Grade 3 chase in the Group 3 Betdaq Handicap Chase at Kempton.

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THE YOUNG MASTER has contested the Ultima Handicap Chase on Day 1 for the last two years, finishing 3rd and 6th respectively. He is now on a mark of just 135, that's a huge slide down the handicap for this classy individual.

WILD WEST WIND was a winner at Chepstow in December but comes here after refusing at Haydock last time out. He’s on his highest mark now but very capable on his day.

MISSED APPROACH was a fine second in National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival last season and showcased plenty of form in this campaign when runner-up at Musselburgh last time out after a wind operation.

BAND OF BLOOD came back this year after nearly two years off the track and won his first two races at Exeter and Doncaster. He has to be respected.

FINAL NUDGE has to go on the short-list as he’s already been placed in the Badger Ales and the Welsh Grand National this season. Barry O’Neill rode more winners in points in Ireland last year than both O’Connor and Codd and his mount will benefit from the likely strong pace

MILLANISY BOY won on his return at Chepstow in December and was a good second at Newbury last time out beaten 1/2l by Horatio Hornblower. He will make his first run for his new stable at the Festival.

ACTINPIECES and BRAQUEUR D'OR are two possible dark horses while other interesting entries are AUBUSSON; VERY FIRST TIME, DOUBLE ROSS and CAPTAIN BUCKS

The section below contains the most backed entries at the moment:

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  • 3 of the last 12 winners have been favourites
  • 6 of the last 12 winners were in the top 3 in the betting
  • 10 of the last 13 winners were unplaced in their previous race
  • 8 of the last 12 winners had at least 1 previous Cheltenham run, 4 of the last 12 had 1 previous Cheltenham win
  • 6 of the last 7 winners wore headgear
  • 12 of the last 15 winners carries less than 11 stone to victory
  • The last 6 winners ran off a mark of 137 or more


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