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Kim Muir Handicap Chase

17:30 Cheltenham Festival

2022-03-17

Winner: £36667.5

Runners: 20

Going: Soft

No. of hurdles: 22

Distance: 3m2f0y

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The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup is a long-distance handicap chase that is run as the final race on day three of the Cheltenham Festival. It is restricted to amateur jockeys. Check the Kim Muir runners and riders ahead of the race and place your bets by clicking the odds buttons.

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NR(0)
614-64
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Red Infantry

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T: Ian Williams
12
10-10
129
153
12yo who is the oldest horse in the field but he won off this mark at Doncaster (3m2f, good) last March and his fair fourth at Sandown (3m5f, good to soft) in December can be upgraded as he jumped to the left; all four chase wins have come at left-handed tracks (including on soft); not ruled out.
18(0)
34/743
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Glenloe

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J: Mr B O'Neill
T: Gordon Elliott
11
11-1
134
151
11yo who returned this winter from a long absence and needs to raise his game; however, there have been signs of promise and he's well handicapped on his old form; runner-up in the Pertemps Hurdle Final here in 2018 and he's not written off for his top Irish stable; effective in the mud.
7(0)
0/7P3P
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Elegant Escape

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J: Miss Thomasina Eyston
T: Colin Tizzard
10
11-7
140
155
Won 2018 Welsh National and, having returned this winter from a long absence, he showed that he retains some spark when third at Taunton in January; however, he's since been pulled up at Exeter; others appeal more.
NR(0)
5-927P
silk
The Mighty Don

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T: Nick Gifford
10
11-2
135
154
Has 1-15 strike-rate over fences and he's prone to jumping errors so always comes with risks attached; also needs to bounce back from two below-par runs but he's yet to run a bad race over fences at Cheltenham and he's dropped to a tempting mark; James King is a good man to have on board and they could have a big say off an attractive mark.
13(0)
543512
silk
Mindsmadeup

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J: Mr Finian Maguire
T: Matthew J Smith
11
11-4
137
147
Won at Down Royal (3m, soft) in October and this 11yo posted a career-best RPR when runner-up under Finian Maguire here (3m1f, good) in November last time out, form that was franked when the winner followed up; however, he's been hit with an 8lb rise which makes things tough in this hot race.
25(0)
628484
silk
Didero Vallis

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J: Mr James King
T: Venetia Williams
9
10-8
127
159
Runner-up at Ludlow in December but he's struggled on his four starts since, the latest at Sandown last Tuesday; wears first-time blinkers.
20(0)
-12211
silk
Chambard

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J: Miss Lucy Turner
T: Venetia Williams
10
11-1
129
149
Rejuvenated 10yo who made it three wins for the year (2m3f/2m7f, soft/heavy) under Lucy Turner when beating his two rivals at Huntingdon 11 days ago; however, he's on a career-high mark under a 5lb penalty and could be vulnerable in this much hotter race.
21(0)
-U1635
silk
Larry

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J: Mr Freddie Mitchell
T: Gary Moore
9
11-0
133
154
Won off 1lb lower at Ascot (3m, soft) in October and this hold-up horse has each-way possibilities if things go his way; however, he hasn't been at his very best on his last three starts and needs something extra on this first visit to Cheltenham; can make mistakes.
23(0)
-U51P1
silk
Powerstown Park

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J: Mr Tommie M O'Brien
T: Sam Thomas
9
10-11
130
154
Comfortable win when upped in trip at Hereford (3m1f, good) in December and bounced back from Market Rasen flop (3m3f, soft) with a win at Hereford (3m1f, good) in January; takes a steep rise in grade today but this strong-travelling sort could have more to offer for a trainer enjoying an excellent season; won on soft/good to soft over hurdles.
NR(0)
-241PP
silk
Rocco

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T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
9
11-1
134
153
Won the Badger Beer at Wincanton in November and is back down to the same mark today; trainer's horses are capable of bouncing back to form from out of the blue but he's been pulled up the last twice and has plenty to prove.
NR(0)
50-67P
silk
Janika

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T: Nicky Henderson
9
11-10
143
155
Continues to drop down the weights but this 9yo has a regressive profile and was pulled up at Doncaster in January last time out; a dramatic turnaround is required in first-time blinkers and he's unproven over a trip this far.
6(0)
243-61
silk
School Boy Hours

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J: Mr Derek O'Connor
T: Noel Meade
9
11-9
142
152
Off the mark at the tenth attempt over fences when winning the ultra-competitive Paddy Power Chase on his reappearance at Leopardstown (3m, good to yielding) in December; versatile ground-wise and has to be respected under top Irish amateur Derek O'Connor on this first run since.
8(0)
-6F1P3
silk
Smoking Gun

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J: Mr J J Codd
T: Gordon Elliott
9
11-7
140
153
9yo who has been better than ever this season, winning at Fairyhouse (3m5f, good) in November and returning to form with third there (3m, soft) last month; the stiff finish is in his favour today, as is crack Irish amateur Jamie Codd being in the saddle; could be thereabouts.
5(0)
3-2521
silk
Cat Tiger

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J: Mr David Maxwell
T: Paul Nicholls
8
11-9
142
153
Back on song when going down by just a nose at Doncaster (3m, soft; idled in front) in December, before prevailing by the same margin at Ascot (3m, soft) in January; he's climbing the weights but could be in the mix if his fine form continues.
14(0)
36-152
silk
Come On Teddy

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J: Mr William Biddick
T: Tom George
8
11-4
137
155
Third in the Pertemps Final (3m, good to soft) at last season's Festival and began his chasing career with a win at Uttoxeter (2m4f, soft) in December; made two bad mistakes when runner-up to Omar Maretti at Newcastle (2m7f, good to soft) last time and needs to avoid those blunders today, but that form reads well with the winner having gone in again since; of interest.
15(0)
11-211
silk
Omar Maretti

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J: Mr Dale Peters
T: Alex Hales
8
11-4
137
159
Rules record stands at four wins from five starts having won over fences the last twice (2m7f/3m1f, soft/good to soft); did it in good style from Almazhar Garde at Catterick last month and a 5lb rise could prove lenient for this unexposed and progressive 8yo; he's on the shortlist.
16(0)
-8214P
silk
Mint Condition

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J: Miss Gina Andrews
T: Jennie Candlish
8
11-3
136
158
Runs off the same mark as when winning at Haydock (2m6f, heavy) in December; however, hopes are pinned on the first-time cheekpieces prompting a revival as he's been below his best the last twice (pulled up last time).
9(0)
143323
silk
Mister Fogpatches

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J: Mr P W Mullins
T: P A Fahy
8
11-7
140
149
Third in last season's Scottish National before winning at the Punchestown festival (3m7f); can makes mistakes but he's been admirably consistent in defeat across his last few starts (including over C&D) and holds sound each-way claims if minimising the blunders; versatile ground-wise.
11(0)
74-322
silk
Mister Coffey

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J: Mr Sam Waley-Cohen
T: Nicky Henderson
7
11-4
137
154
Unraced beyond an extended 2m4f but stayed on well in hot 2m4f handicap hurdle at Aintree last April and did likewise when going close in 2m4f chase at Kempton in December, where he jumped to the left; the step up in trip, allied with the return to a left-handed track, could prompt improvement and Sam Waley-Cohen is a good booking; handles various ground.
3(0)
31-322
silk
Ain't That A Shame

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J: Mr B W Harvey
T: Henry De Bromhead
8
11-11
144
147
Heavy-ground maiden hurdle winner who has improved with each of his three chase starts, bumping into Galopin Des Champs before going close in a beginners chase at Navan (3m, yielding) latest; this lightly raced 8yo is in excellent hands to continue to progress and could have a part to play.
1(0)
18-342
silk
Frontal Assault

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J: Mr R James
T: Gordon Elliott
7
11-12
145
150
Won Grade 3 novice hurdle at Navan (3m, heavy) last February before respectable eighth in the Martin Pipe here, when suffering interference; switched to fences this season and was a close second in a warm beginners chase at Fairyhouse (2m5f, good to yielding) last time; should have more to offer at this longer trip and Rob James removes a valuable 3lb; likeable claims.
10(0)
662722
silk
Almazhar Garde

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J: Mr M J M O'Sullivan
T: Charlie Longsdon
7
11-6
139
154
Runner-up at Catterick the last twice (3m1f/3m6f, soft/good to soft) but he was no match for Omar Maretti most recently and today's race could prove too competitive; well beaten on both visits to Cheltenham, including this race last year; first-time blinkers replace cheekpieces.
2(0)
732117
silk
Fakir D'alene

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J: Mr H C Swan
T: Gordon Elliott
7
11-11
144
146
Novice chaser who won two in a row over fences this winter (2m4f/2m5f, soft/good to yielding) and he stayed 3m over hurdles; he's better than he showed at Leopardstown last time but this is a competitive race in which to try to bounce back from that well-beaten seventh.
22(0)
416246
silk
Rightplacerightime

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J: Miss M O'Sullivan
T: Emmet Mullins
7
10-11
130
146
Needs to produce more than he's managed over fences the last twice; however, his jumping has lacked fluency so there's certainly room for improvement, and he's not written off for his good Irish trainer.
NR(0)
-11213
silk
Lord Accord

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T: Neil Mulholland
7
11-4
137
155
Two wins (2m6f/2m7f, good) this season from first three chase starts, with a good second in between (3m, good to soft); below par at Doncaster three weeks ago when soft going may not have suited; the promising Jack Hendrick removes 7lb but yesterday's rain is a concern.

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The Mighty Don
A chance is taken on THE MIGHTY DON who has dropped to an attractive mark. A return to form is needed but he's never run a bad race in four attempts over fences at Cheltenham and James King is a positive booking. Gordon Elliott's Cullentra House yard has a fine recent record in this race and Frontal Assault is a big danger with the return to a staying trip in his favour, and with Rob James removing 3lb. Mister Coffey could have untapped staying potential and is next on the list, ahead of the unexposed and progressive Omar Maretti. Irish raiders School Boy Hours and Smoking Gun are respected under their leading amateurs, while British challengers Come On Teddy and Powerstown Park are also of interest.

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