The Kim Muir Challenge Cup is open to horses aged five or older.
It is run on the New Course over three-and-a-quarter-miles.
There are twenty-one fences to be jumped in the event that closes the action on day three.
It often pays to stick with experienced runners in this race as eleven of the past twelve winners have been aged between seven and nine.
It pays to ignore runners who are carrying less than eleven stone as they have only won once out of the last twelve renewals.
Three quarters of the last twelve winners had all previously run at Cheltenham.
Previous Winners of the Kim Muir Handicap Chase
Runners To Watch
Below are selected runners who hold entries for the Kim Muir Handicap Chase 2021.
Karl Hedley provides some recent form notes to help point you in the right direction of identifying the winner.
Deise Aba – Philip Hobbs
Deise Aba returned to winning ways following a two-month break having pulled up on two consecutive races.
There was clearly something amiss and Philip Hobbs has clearly unblocked the problem.
She ran fairly in this race last year when fifth to Milan Native.
She runs here off the same mark and may have to settle for a minor role yet again as others are undoubtedly better handicapped.
Hold The Note – Mick Channon
Hold The Note has always managed to run well around here without actually ever troubling the judge.
His best effort came in the Listed handicap chase last year when he was third behind Imperial Aura and Galvin.
He seemed to hint at a return to form at Newbury last time where he was runner-up to Enrilo following wind surgery and no reason not to expect another solid effort here.
Live each way claims at best.
Shantou Flyer – Paul Nicholls
Shantou Flyer is now an eleven-year-old and bids to become the oldest horse since The Package to win this.
He is bidding to be placed at a fourth consecutive festival having been placed in two Foxhunter Chases and an Ultima Chase.
He certainly knows his way around and is certainly well handicapped on the best of his old form.
He is trained by one of the very best in Paul Nicholls and despite his advancing years, he commands utmost respect.
Mount Ida – Denise Foster
Mount Ida was no match for Colreevy in a Grade Two mares race at Thurles when last seen back in January.
A step back into handicap company may well suit this seven-year-old who bids to emulate the yards’ success with Native Milan last year.
She is a generally consistent sort and the Irish have had the upper hand in this race for the last two seasons.
She has won at trips of up to three miles so stamina is guaranteed. A lively contender.
Plan Of Attack – Henry De Bromhead
Plan of Attack enjoyed a good season last year picking up wins at Aintree and Leopardstown before finishing fourth to Milan Native in this very race.
He has shown very little since though and that has to be a major concern.
The return to this trip may suit but he has a long road ahead of him in order to find his way back.
He is just woefully out of form and can’t be fancied at all.
Bob Mahler – Warren Greatrex
Bob Mahler showed encouragement when returning from a two month break at Musselburgh last month.
That run behind Mighty Thunder was the best we had seen from him all season.
He ran an absolute cracker in this last year and finished third to Milan Native.
A return to drying ground and this track are certainly in his favour.
He is a previous course winner and that experience could prove invaluable.
He is five pounds well in on last year’s rating and should hold every chance of going two places better.
Musical Slave – Philip Hobbs
Musical Slave is on a career high mark and has been kept to flat tracks for most part of his career.
One win from eight over larger fences means he is likely to find things extremely tough here.
He has always performed best with plenty of give in the ground so connections will be doing a rain-dance before the off.
Others look better treated and perhaps a trip to Aintree may suit him better.
Ticks The Right Boxes?
2021 Kim Muir Handicap Chase Tips
Shantou Flyer may be advancing in years but connections clearly feel that he is up to being competitive at this level.
He knows every blade of grass around this track and has to be high on any shortlist for that reason.
Bob Mahler was an excellent third in this race last year and actually is five pounds lower this time around.
He showed signs of encouragement last day to suggest he was on his way back and no surprise if he delivers a massive run.
Odds With Betfred – correct at time of publication
- 11/2 Mount Ida
- 15/2 Hold The Note
- 15/2 Plan Of Attack
- 9/1 Shantou Flyer
- 10/1 Deise Aba
- 12/1 Musical Slave
- 20/1 Bob Mahler