Weatherbys Champion Bumper
Grade 1, Standard Open NH Flat Race
£60,000 added,
2m 110y, Class 1
Wednesday 12th March 2014

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1 Silver Concorde 16/1
2 Shaneshill 7/2F
3 Joshua Lane 33/1
4 Black Hercules 13/2
NR: Seven Nation Army (IRE)
22 ran Distances: 1½l, 1¾l, ½l

Dermot Weld's patient approach with Silver Concorde paid off as the six-year-old led home a clean sweep for Irish runners in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper.

Silver Concorde
© Caroline Norris

Silver Concorde
The 16/1 winner scored by one and a half lengths from favourite Shaneshill, becoming a first Festival success for amateur Robbie McNamara, and a second for Weld, who won the 1990 JCB Triumph Hurdle with Rare Holiday. Robbie's older brother Andrew won the 2006 BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Chase on Newmill.

Silver Concorde carried the purple colours of Dr Ronan Lambe, and he is bred in the purple, too, being by top Flat sire Dansili out of a daughter of exceptional miler Ridgewood Pearl. That breeding encouraged Weld to buy the horse as a yearling for €27,000 at Goffs.

The winning trainer, who also saddled the strongly-fancied fifth horse Vigil, said of Silver Concorde: "The first time we ran him in a bumper he was third to [yesterday's Stan James Champion Hurdle winner] Jezki, and next time he was second to a good horse of Jim Bolger's [Cul Baire], but after that we had training problems with him and he was a big weak horse.

"It's taken time and he loves dry ground. Two weeks ago at home on soft ground there was very little difference between himself and Vigil. On dry ground we always believed in this horse - we were worried it would be too dry for Vigil today.

"We don't have many jumpers these days, but it's fun to have a couple of good ones. We've been unlucky here in the past with seconds in a number of races, but I also want to put in a mention for Robbie McNamara. For him to do 11st 5lb told you something. He gave him a beautiful ride.

"The Grade One bumper at Punchestown is a possibility, and before you see him over hurdles he is likely to run on the Flat."

Weatherbys Champion Bumper
(Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race)
£60,000 added, 4-6yo, 2m 110y, Class 1
22 ran
Going: Good, Good to Soft in places

Silver Concorde
D K Weld
Mr R P McNamara
11st 5lbs
16 - 1
W P Mullins
R Walsh
11st 5lbs
7 - 2
1 1/2 length
Joshua Lane
E P Harty
B J Geraghty
11st 5lbs
33 - 1
1 3/4 length
Black Hercules
W P Mullins
Mr P W Mullins
11st 5lbs
13 - 2
1/2 length
D K Weld
P J Smullen
11st 5lbs
5 - 1
1/2 length
Killultagh Vic
W P Mullins
P Townend
11st 5lbs
8 - 1
3/4 length
Definitly Red
S Gollings
A P McCoy
11st 5lbs
25 - 1
3 3/4 lengths
Robert Stephens
T J O'Brien
10st 11lbs
10 - 1
1 3/4 length
Royal Vacation
C L Tizzard
P J Brennan
10st 11lbs
50 - 1
2 3/4 lengths
A J Honeyball
Aidan Coleman
11st 5lbs
66 - 1
Short Head
A J Martin
D E Mullins
11st 5lbs
16 - 1
1 length
Neck Or Nothing
P J Hobbs
R Johnson
11st 5lbs
20 - 1
1 1/4 length
Value At Risk
P Fenton
B T O'Connell
11st 5lbs
22 - 1
1 length
El Namoose
J P Ferguson
D F O'Regan
11st 5lbs
16 - 1
1/2 length
N B King
J E Moore
11st 5lbs
66 - 1
1 1/2 length
M Keighley
Ian Popham
10st 11lbs
100 - 1
1 1/2 length
Our Kaempfer
C E Longsdon
N Fehily
11st 5lbs
25 - 1
1/2 length
S R B Crawford
Mr S Crawford
10st 12lbs
50 - 1
2 3/4 lengths
Assam Black
H Fry
Ryan Mahon
11st 5lbs
66 - 1
Third Act
C L Tizzard
J Tizzard
11st 5lbs
33 - 1
9 lengths
Mountain Of Mourne
Miss L Blackford
Mr C Smith
11st 5lbs
150 - 1
70 lengths
Stack The Deck
P A Fahy
D N Russell
11st 5lbs
33 - 1
Seven Nation Army
D Pipe
T Scudamore
11st 5lbs


© Caroline Norris


Trainer Willie Mullins was satisfied with the performance of Shaneshill, who finished the one and a half length runner-up behind the eventual winner Silver Concorde this afternoon.

The 7/2 favourite was always travelling sweetly for jockey Ruby Walsh but couldn't quite match the winner's finishing kick in the final stages.

"He's run a perfectly good race," said Mullins.

"All of mine have run well and they will all make nice novice hurdlers next season. The second has travelled nicely and we may look at Punchestown for him if he comes out of this ok."

Joshua Lane finished a further length and three quarters behind Shaneshill and trainer Eddie Harty felt his five-year-old could have finished closer with a clear run.

"It was a grand run," said Harty.

"He's travelled nicely and we might have finished closer as he's been stopped a couple of times. It gets a bit tight turning for home in this race and he's had to go round them a bit.

"We're still happy though and I'd have thought that will be it for the season. He'll go over hurdles next year."

Mathematician Betting



2013-WINNER-BRIAR HILL 5-11-05 Owner-Andrea & Graham Wylie; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-25/1
2ND-Regal Encore 5-11-05 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Anthony Honeyball; Jockey-A P McCoy; SP-7/1 Jt Fav
3RD-Golantilla 5-11-01 Owner-Barry Connell; Trainer-Tony Martin IRE; Jockey-Danny Mullins; SP-9/1
23 ran, Time-3m 54.7s Dist-7, 2¼ 7/1 Jt Fav Le Vent D’Antan (7th)

2012-WINNER-CHAMPAGNE FEVER 5-11-05 Owner-Susannah Ricci; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Mr Patrick Mullins; SP-16/1
2ND-New Year’s Eve 4-10-11 Owner-Bloomfields; Trainer-John Ferguson; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-9/2 Fav
3RD-Pique Sous 5-11-05 Owner-Supreme Horse Racing Club; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-12/1
20 ran, Time-3m 47.50s Dist-1¼, hd

2011-WINNER-CHELTENIAN 5-11-05 Owner-Roger Brookhouse; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-14/1
2ND Destroyer Deployed 5-11-05 Owner-The Craftsmen; Trainer-Tim Vaughan; Jockey-Aidan Coleman; SP-66/1
3RD Aupcharlie 5-11-05 Owner-Gerard Boyle; Trainer-Pat Collins IRE; Jockey- Mr Jason McKeown; SP-33/1
24 ran, Time-3m 51.85s Dist-5, 4½ 5/1 Fav Ericht (6th)

2010-WINNER-CUE CARD 4-10-12 Owner-Jean Bishop; Trainer-Colin Tizzard; Jockey-Joe Tizzard; SP-40/1
2ND Al Ferof 5-11-05 Owner-John Hales; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-8/1
3RD Frawley 5-11-05 Owner-Dr K A Roche-Nagle; Trainer-John Kiely IRE; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-14/1 24 ran, Time-3m 48.70s Dist-8, 8 3/1 Fav Shot From The Hip (20th)

2009-WINNER-DUNGUIB 6-11-05 Owner-Daniel Harnett; Trainer-Philip Fenton IRE; Jockey-Mr Brian O’Connell; SP-9/2
2ND Some Present 6-11-05 Owner-Frances Duffin; Trainer-Tom Mullins IRE; Jockey-Davy Russell; SP-25/1
3RD Rite Of Passage 5-11-05 Owner-Dr Ronan Lambe; Trainer-Dermot Weld IRE; Jockey-Pat Smullen; SP-5/2 Fav 24 ran, Time-3m 56.90s Dist-10, ¾

2008-WINNER-COUSIN VINNY 5-11-05 Owner-Festival Syndicate; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Mr Patrick Mullins; SP-12/1
2ND Corskeagh Royale 5-11-05 Owner-Queen Maeve Racing Club; Trainer-Noel Meade IRE; Jockey-Miss Nina Carberry; SP-7/1
3RD Zaarito 6-11-05 Owner-Victoria Syndicate; Trainer-Colm Murphy IRE; Jockey-Davy Russell; SP-3/1 Fav
23 ran, Time-4m 1.30s Dist-3¼, ¾

2007-WINNER-CORK ALL STAR 5-11-05 Owner-Cathal Ryan; Trainer-Jessica Harrington IRE; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-11/2
2ND Sophocles 4-10-11 Owner-Mrs A Donnelly; Trainer-James Leavy IRE; Jockey-Miss Pauline Ryan; SP-40/1
3RD Aranleigh 5-11-05 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Tony Mullins IRE; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-8/1
24 ran, Time-3m 47.90s Dist-1¼, 1½ 4/1 Fav Mad Fish (8th)

2006-WINNER-HAIRY MOLLY 6-11-05 Owner-F T B Syndicate; Trainer-Joe Crowley IRE; Jockey-Paul Carberry; SP-33/1
2ND Pressgang 4-10-11 Owner-Mrs Anthony West; Trainer-Paul Webber; Jockey-Tom Doyle; 20/1
3RD Kicks For Free 5-11-05 Owner-Mark Tincknell; Trainer-Paul Nicholls; Jockey-Mick Fitzgerald; SP-5/1
23 ran, Time-3m 46.70s Dist-hd, 1.75 5/2 Fav Equus Maximus (12th)

2005-WINNER-MISSED THAT 6-11-05 Owner-Violet O’Leary; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-7/2 Fav
2ND De Soto 4-10-12 Owner-Peter Deal; Trainer-Paul Webber; Jockey-Tom Doyle; SP-20/1
3RD Rasharrow 6-11-05 Owner-Ashleybank Investments Limited; Trainer-Len Lungo; Jockey-Tony Dobbin; SP-9/1
24 ran, Time-3m 52.70s Dist-nk, .5

2004-WINNER-TOTAL ENJOYMENT 5-10-12 Owner-It Will Never Last Syndicate; Trainer-Tommy Cooper IRE; Jockey-Jim Culloty; SP-7/1
2ND Refinement 5-10-12 Owner-Michael Tabor; Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-7/1
3RD Master Albert 6-10-12 Owner-Sue Magnier; Trainer-David Wachman IRE; Jockey-Mr J P Magnier; SP-50/1
24 ran, Time-3m 48.30s Dist-2.5, 5 7/2 Fav Martinstown (14th)

2003-WINNER-LIBERMAN 5-11-06 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-2/1 Fav
2ND Trabolgan 5-11-06 Owner-Trevor Hemmings; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Seamus Durack; SP-50/1
3RD Widemouth Bay 5-11-06 Owner-Jackie Deithrick; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-33/1
25 ran, Time-3m 52.30s Dist-.5, 1

2002-WINNER-PIZARRO 5-11-06 Owner-Edward Wallace; Trainer-Edward O’Grady IRE; Jockey-Jamie Spencer; SP-14/1
2ND-Rhinestone Cowboy 6-11-06 Owner-Sue Magnier; Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-Norman Williamson; SP-5/2 Fav
3RD-Back In Front 5-11-06 Owner-Nelius Hayes; Trainer-Edward O’Grady IRE; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-12/1
23 ran, Time-4m 0.70s; Dist-nk, 3.5

2001-Race Cancelled

2000-WINNER-JOE CULLEN 5-11-06 Owner-Jackie Mullins; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-14/1
2ND-Inca 5-11-06 Owner-Trevor Hemmings; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Mick Fitzgerald; SP-2/1 Fav
3RD-Be My Royal 5-11-06 Owner-Mrs Violet O’Leary; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Mr James Nash; SP-16/1
17 ran, Time-3m 41.20s, Dist-3.5, 2

1999-MONSIGNOR 5-11-06 Owner-Malcolm Denmark; Trainer-Mark Pitman; Jockey-Brendan Powell; SP-50/1
2ND-Golden Alpha 5-11-06 Owner-David Johnson; Trainer-Martin Pipe; Jockey-Tony McCoy; SP-7/2
3RD-Canasta 5-10-13 Owner-Southern Brick & Tile Co./D S Arnold; Trainer-Mark Pitman; Jockey-Liam Corcoran; SP-25/1
25 ran, Time-3m 54.8s, Dist-1.5, .75 11/4 Fav Biliverdin (15th)

1998-WINNER-ALEXANDER BANQUET 5-11-06 Owner-M Swarbrick; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Mr Ruby Walsh; SP-9/1
2ND-Joe Mac 4-10-12; Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Christy Roche IRE; Jockey-Conor O’Dwyer; SP-6/4 Fav
3RD-Frantic Tan 6-11-06; Owner-The Bunkers Hill Mob; Trainer-Nigel Twiston-Davies; Jockey-Carl Llewellyn; SP-8/1
25 ran, Time-3m 45.7s, Dist-2.5, 7

1997-WINNER-FLORIDA PEARL 5-11-06 Owner-Violet O’Leary; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody; SP-6/1
2ND-Arctic Camper 5-11-06 Owner-Lady Harris; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-16/1
3RD-All The Colours 4-10-12 Owner-Pat Byrnes; Trainer-John Mulhern IRE; Jockey-Jamie Osborne; SP-8/1
25 ran, Time-3m 45.1s, Dist-5, 2 4/1 Fav Dawn Leader (13th)

1996-WINNER-WITHER OR WHICH 5-11-06 Owner-Robert Sinclair; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Mr Willie Mullins; SP-11/4
2ND-Alzulu 5-11-06 Owner-D Buckle; Trainer-Jimmy FitzGerald; Jockey-Peter Niven; SP-25/1
3RD-Mighty Moss 5-10-13 Owner-Ken Hutsby; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Mr Fred Hutsby; SP-33/1
24 ran, Time-3m 53.7s, Dist-2, 3 9/4 Fav Andanito (4th)

1995-WINNER-DATO STAR 4-10-12 Owner-Kath Riley & Joe Donald; Trainer-Malcolm Jefferson; Jockey-Mark Dwyer; SP-7/2
2ND-Red Blazer 4-10-12 Owner-Tom Shrimpton; Trainer-Henrietta Knight; Jockey-Jamie Osborne SP-2/1 Fav
3RD-Skehanagh Bridge 6-11-06 Owner-David Pim; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Mr Willie Mullins; SP-12/1
21 Ran, Time-4m 02.2s. Dist-1.25, 3.5

1994-WINNER-MUCKLEMEG 6-11-05 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Edward O'Grady IRE; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-7/2 Fav
2ND-Aries Girl 5-11-03 Owner-Wally Sturt; Trainer-Pat Flynn IRE; Jockey-Shay Barry; SP-5/1
3RD-Go Ballistic 5-11-03 Owner-Sheila Lockhart; Trainer-David Nicholson; Jockey-Robert Massey; SP-16/1
25 Ran, Time-3m 53.7s, Dist-3, 15

1993-WINNER-RHYTHM SECTION 4-10-11 Owner-Robert Sinclair; Trainer-Homer Scott IRE; Jockey-Paul Carberry; SP-16/1
2ND-Heist 4-11-02 Owner-Mrs G Matthews; Trainer-Noel Meade IRE; Jockey-Charlie Swan; SP-9/4 Fav
3RD-Winter Belle 5-11-13 Owner-John Muldoon; Trainer-Paddy Prendergast IRE; Jockey-John Shortt; SP-7/1
24 Ran, Time-3m 45.2s, Dist-.5, 1

1992-WINNER-MONTELADO 5-11-13 Owner-Ollie Hannon; Trainer-Pat Flynn IRE; Jockey-Richard Dunwoody; SP-8/1
2ND-Tiananmen Square 4-10-12 Owner-Sue Magnier; Trainer-Noel Meade IRE; Jockey-Mr Tim Hyde; SP-6/4 Fav
3RD-Maneree 5-11-08 Owner-Michael Tabor; Trainer-Neville Callaghan; Jockey-Declan Murphy; SP-7/1
23 Ran, Time-3m 58.2s, Dist-12, 10

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