St Patrick’s Day at the Cheltenham Festival is brought to a close with the Kim Muir Challenge Cup, a race which could make or break your day in terms of profit…
Who won the Kim Muir Handiap in 2016?
A strong edition of the race was won in fine style by Cause Of Causes, who had won the National Hunt Chase in 2015 under Dereck O’Connor.
Expected to be a different horse back on better ground, he still had no less than 17 horses ahead of him taking the fence at the top of the hill, four out, but suddenly took off straightening for home and there was only ever going to be one winner barring accident, drawing right away.
His handicap mark took a hit for this so it remains to be seen whether he’ll be as competitive in 2017 as he bids for a third Festival win.
How to pick the winner of the Kim Muir
Punters regularly make the mistake of siding with a unexposed horse that has a sexy handicap profile.
In seven of the last nine years punters have sent off six and seven year olds off as market leaders, which emphasises the flawed theory towards the younger generation. Siding with a tough, hardy older horse with plenty of Cheltenham experience certainly will bring more profit than loss in the long term.
Ante-post tip for the Kim Muir 2017?
Doctor Harper went off a 4/1 favourite for this race last season and he still has plenty going for him despite being pulled up on that occasion. David Pipe has always rated this chaser very highly and usually when the market speaks positively about one of Pipe’s then a big pot will be scooped up at some point.
I’m not sure whether this will be his target but he’s certainly one for the horse tracker.