Kim Muir Chase Cup Tips - 4:50pm Cheltenham

The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir amateur riders handicap chase is run over 3m 2f of the new course although for the first time this year will not be run for amateurs due to the COVID ban on them competing. The market is crucial here with 8 of the past 11 winners sent off in single figures with only one of the past 18 winners returned bigger than 16/1 (Domesday Book at 40/1 in 2017) Interestingly 8 of the last 10 winners wore headgear whilst Ireland have won 4 of the last 7 renewals. The race is sure to have a different complexion this year without the amateurs but as always expect a maximum field of 24 and finding the winner will be no easier.

JP McManus has owned 3 of the last 9 winners and relies upon Musical Slave here. He's a sketchy jumper and hard to fancy too much.

Mount Ida represents the Elliott/Foster yard and is an interesting runner as a novice and he can be competitive.

Philip Hobb’s Deise Aba has seen some money over the last week after bouncing back to form at Sandown in February for which he’s been shunted up 5lb. He ran 5th in this race last year, beaten just under 9 lengths off of the same mark.

Shantou Flyer Is getting on in years now at 11 years of age but has plenty of experience and for a horse who was just touched off in the Ultima back in 2018 off of 152 looks well treated here off of 140. His Festival form figures read F223 with the last two placings coming in the Foxhunters. He maybe too old to win this (though The Package was 12 when winning back in 2015) but I can see him running well especially as he will be ridden by a professional and not his owner David Maxwell who although he improved last season is most certainly not a plus.

Hold The Note is still a maiden over fences although the last two winners of this race were maidens over the big obstacles so that shouldn’t be held against him here.

An open handicap with the best value ew lying with the Paul Nicholls trained Shantou Flyer who appears to be well handicapped on his back form, has very good form at the track and more importantly at the Festival, acts on any ground and can run a big race ew.

Punters Lounge Tip: Shantou Flyer @ 10/1 EW 1/5th 12345 at William Hill - Click Here To Bet

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