Saturday 18 November 2017

Silver lining for Irish as Dermot Weld lands the Champion Bumper

Jockey Robbie McNamara celebrates on Silver Concorde after victory in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper during Ladies Day at Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham. David Davies/PA Wire
Jockey Robbie McNamara celebrates on Silver Concorde after victory in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper during Ladies Day at Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham. David Davies/PA Wire
Jockey Robbie McNamara celebrates on Silver Concorde after victory in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper during Ladies Day at Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham. David Davies/PA Wire

Tom Peacock

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."

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