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  • Bumper Gold For Silver Concorde

Weatherbys Champion Bumper (Grade 1 Standard Open NH Flat Race) 2m 110y

  • (4-6yo, 2m 110y, Class 1, 22 runners)
  • Winner £34,170 2nd £12,822 3rd £6,420 4th £3,198 5th £1,608 6th £804
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 3m 43.80s
  • Off time: 17:15:08
  • Last Updated: March 12 2014, 17:38 GMT

Silver Concorde came with a wet sail up the hill to claim the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at Cheltenham.

Silver Concorde gives Robbie McNamara his first Festival winner
Silver Concorde gives Robbie McNamara his first Festival winner

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.

Irish trainers were responsible for the first six home and 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."

  • Horses work on a misty morning at Prestbury Park.
  • The cold start saw some of the Cheltenham employees out in first-time headgear...
  • Ruby Walsh looks pensive ahead of day two of the meeting.
  • The ladies arrive in their finery on Ladies Day...
  • and it looks as if spectacular hats are the order of the day...
  • as warm smiles melted the morning mists.
  • A racegoer left a floral tribute to Arkle.
  • Punters planned their bets in the big handicaps with military precision...
  • John Motson was among the racegoers at Prestbury Park on Wednesday...
  • Creepy sets a fast pace under Ian Popham in the Neptune...
  • but it's another winner for Ireland as Faugheen clears the last in fine style...
  • ....and the sun shines on favourite backers at Cheltenham.
  • Ruby Walsh salutes the crowd on the way back to the enclosures.
  • Life's good for Faugheen's owner Rich Ricci...
  • The runners are under orders for the RSA Chase
  • and as they come to the last O'Faolain's Boy has to fend off the attentions of Smad Place...
  • and a delighted Barry Geraghty claims his third RSA.
  • The Princess Royal and Zara Tindall watch their picks with interest
  • They begin the run for home in a gruelling renewal of the Coral Cup...
  • and Whisper is kicked clear with Get Me Out Of Here in pursuit...
  • Winning rider, Nico de Boinville punches the air in delight.
  • SIre De Grugy stays on stoutly up the hill to claim the Queen Mother Champion Chase.
  • The new and old guard with Sire De Grugy leaves Sizing Europe in his wake.
  • The new champion is patted by a delighted Jamie Moore...
  • Connections celebrate with their pride and joy.
  • Jamie and Gary Moore collect the Queen Mother trophy.
  • Sire De Grugy gives a grin as Jamie Moore looks on...
  • Balthazar King (red with blue stars) makes ground in the Cross Country Chase...
  • ...and it's many happy returns for the former winner under Richard Johnson.
  • Richard Johnson acknowledges the crowd after his victory.
  • Hawk High gets the better of the luckless Katgary in the Fred Winter...
  • and Brian Hughes  has the sweet taste of victory after a near-miss on Tuesday.
  • A downcast Tony McCoy returns after taking a fall from Goodwood Mirage.
  • It was a mixed day for some punters at Cheltenham...
  • Silver Concorde was a big priced winner of the bumper under Robbie McNamara...
  • but with the first six home all trained in Ireland - the tricolour was in evidence.
All the best images from Champion Chase day at Cheltenham.


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