Another race with its own uniqueness at the Cheltenham Festival is the Fulke-Muir challenge cup. It is upgraded, admits amateur riders and covers a taxing three miles and one-and-a-half furlongs distance (5130 meters). Now that is quite some distance for an amateur rider atop a horse not less than five years old.
Nineteen fences along the path make the race even more gruelling. Riders are put to test as they have to balance their own skills with the horse’s stamina.
The race class does not however deny it any limelight. It takes place on the prime third day of the festival on the new course.
This race’s name pays homage to WWII casualty Kim Muir and Cheltenham great rider Fulke Walwyn. A purse of around £65, 000 is divided among the participants of the race.
Fred Rimell set a trainer record of our wins that has stood since 1977. The jockeys’ record belongs to Jamie Codd and was set in 2016.