Silver lining for Irish as Dermot Weld lands the Champion Bumper
Published 12/03/2014 | 17:46
Silver Concorde came with a wet sail up the hill to claim the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at Cheltenham.
Robbie McNamara had the Dermot Weld-trained 16-1 shot not too far off a good pace set by Black Hercules and delayed his move until after the turn for home.
The six-year-old was always travelling well and quickened to the front when given the office by McNamara.
Silver Concorde bounded up the hill to beat the Willie Mullins-trained 7-2 favourite Shaneshill by a length and a half with Joshua Lane a length and three-quarters away in third.
Weld said: "He did it well. He's a very decent horse and I knew the drying ground would suit him well.
"Robbie's a master craftsman and rode a beautiful race.
"This horse has had his problems. He's taken time to come to himself as he was big and immature, but he's got there.
"He'll make a super hurdler, but there might be a few races to win with him on the Flat first."