Cheltenham Festival Kim Muir Ante-Post Selection

Kim Muir Challenge Cup - Farclas - 20/1

The cheltenham festival is just over one month away and with that in mind we have looked at some of the ante-post betting markets and come up with a strong selection in the Kim Muir Challenge Cup.

The horse we are siding with for this race is the previous Cheltenham festival winner Farclas, who looks to have plenty in his favour if going for this event.

Currently on a mark of 143, it is touch and go whether the gelding will eventually end up in this race as if having one more run, might not get into the event and with that in mind we are warning everyone to back this with bookmakers that are currently offering NRNB for the festival.

Firms like Paddy Power and Betfair are two of those bookies that are currently doing so and you will get your money back if Gordon Elliott decides to go down a different route.

However, if going for the race and we think it is the most logical option then this seven year old is a big player at a double figure price.

Although not looking the same horse since landing the Grade One Triumph Hurdle at the 2018 Cheltenham festival, Since going over fences he has retained his ability and in handicap company can make his presence felt.

Tried over hurdles in tough company, the gelding was not cutting the mustard and Elliott decided to send him over fences in May 2019 and he went on to land his first three events.

After some time off the track, the Gigginstown owned runner returned at Punchestown in November and finished a fair fifth of 17 in a good handicap chase that has since seen the winner go on and land another nice event, the second finish runner up in a Grade One and the third land a competitive Handicap off top weight.

Farclas has been seen once more since that run and it saw him step up to three miles and it looked to suit straight away when third of 22 at Leopardstown over Christmas in the Paddy Power Handicap Chase.

Off a mark of 143 he is weighted to go well in the Kim Muir and with the yard and owners winning the race last year, they may have another smart prospect to attack the race with again.