Kim Muir Chase Cup Tips - 5:30pm Cheltenham

2020 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Preview

The final race on day three of the Festival is the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase over the Gold Cup trip of 3m2f. At first sight it looks a very competitive contest but surprisingly we have only had one real shock result in the last ten years, when 40/1 shot Domesday Book was first home in 2017.

The race if for Amateur Riders only and past results have proven it pays to stick to an experienced pilot in these type of events. Last year top amateur Derek O’Connor won the race for owner JP McManus on Any Second Now.

JP also won this race in recent years with Cause Of Causes and Sunnyhillboy so anything he enters has to be considered. Champagne Platinum looks like his leading hope this year with O'Connnor booked once again. Trained by Nicky Henderson the 7yo has been a bit disappointing over fences so far but now running in a handicap for the first time we could see some improvement. It could be a case of a superb piece of training of just that he is not all that good.

Paul Nolan saddles Fitzhenry in the same colours and he will be ridden by Patrick Mullins. He ran a blinder in the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown but was then below par last time out at the same venue behind Glamorgan Duke. Overall he has been pretty consistent so should go well here.

Philip Hobbs has a chance with Deise Aba for another owner with a good track record in this race, Trevor Hemmings. He won it with Ballabriggs, Juveigneur and Cloudy Lane so certainly knows what type of horse is required.

The 7yo comes here on the back of two recent victories and has improved no end this season since being switched to the bigger obstacles. He has only ran over fences four times so has bags of potential and could be well handicapped at the minute.

Last year’s National Hunt Chase winner Le Breuil has a lot of weight but has been dropped a few pounds this season which allows him to creep into the race on a mark of 145. Trainer Ben Pauling has had a mixed year with one thing and another but seems to have his string in good nick now.

Le Breuil has boat loads of stamina and is a good ride for an amateur with Jamie Codd having rode him when 7th in the Becher Chase back in December and when successful here 12 months ago. Last time out he was 5th at Warwick in the Classic Chase and looks sure to go well here.

Trainer Warren Greatrex won this race a couple of years ago with Missed Approach and has a similar type in Bob Mahler. He bypassed the Festival last year and went to Newbury instead and won a nice prize and then came here and won at the April meeting.

This season the 8yo has been brought on steadily and came good last time out at Musselburgh where he won over 4 miles. His stamina will come in very useful here and has a leading chance at the weights.

Young trainer Henry Oliver has a decent chance with the 9yo Kilfilium Cross who was second here twelve months ago and came so close to giving the yard their first Festival winner. He started this season a bit below par and was given a wind operation in December. Since his comeback he has finished a distant 4th at Wetherby and then improved greatly in first time cheekpieces to finish second at Kempton. The yard think they have him back on track now and is ready to run a big race once again on just about the same mark.

The Irish have only won this race three times in the last 20 years but having said that those three victories have come since 2014 so maybe times are changing and the raiders are taking this race more seriously.

Gordon Elliott is responsible for Milan Native, he has yet to win over fences but has some decent form in the book. Last time out he was second at Gowran Park and is steadily improving. He looks a strong staying chaser for the future and this trip might just play to his strengths.

Henry De Bromhead saddles Plan Of Attack, the 7yo has won twice over fences this season the first victory was back in the summer. Next time out he went to Aintree in October and beat The Hollow Ginge in a photo-finish. That was his first handicap over fences and was put on a mark of 135 for that.

Last time out he was only third but looking back that was probably his best effort to date, he was only beaten a couple of lengths by Roaring Bull at Leopardstown and has been given a complete break since then. He runs here off 140 and could be a live danger to them all.

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