Kim Muir Handicap Chase

Top weights and top amatuers hold the key to Thursday's finale

Kim Muir, 3m 2f, Thursday, 5.30pm

Key Stat: Six of the most recent seven winners carried 11st 6lb+

Not the strongest of trends’ races with Jim Culloty’s Spring Heeled winning the 2014 renewal to become the first Irish winner since Greasepaint in 1983.

The last winner not to have contested a handicap on their previous start was back in 1985 and the last 16 winners ran over 3m+ last time out.

Being an amateur-riders’ race, jockeyship is vital with 24 of the last 27 win-and-place positions filled by non-claiming amateurs.

Six of the most recent seven winners carried 11st 6lb+ to victory and seven of the last 11 winners contested a handicap chase at Cheltenham earlier in the season.

Race data provided by Stats Guide guru Paul Jones

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