Everything fell into place for SILVER CONCORDE in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham and he probably had a bit in hand as he came off a true line in the closing stages. The Mullins' trio Shaneshill, Black Hercules and Killultagh Vic - second, fourth and sixth - take him on again and the latter could come out best of those today as he met trouble in-running, though the winner looks smart. Value At Risk was further behind. Last month's Limerick winner Aminabad also represents the Mullins team while Fine Article looked potentially decent when scoring at Gowran. Seven Nation Army won a Listed contest at Ascot in December but looks held on a line through Newbury scorer Definitly Red and lacks the scope of fellow UK raiders Jollyallan, Some Buckle and Aniknam. Riviera Sun justified favouritism at Down Royal but will need a lot more here.
Black Hercules (IRE) 13-2 (11-5) Led, driven 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression with front pair inside final furlong, lost 3rd near finish, 4th of 22, 4l behind Silver Concorde (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m N H flat G1 (1) gd in Mar.
Fine Article (IRE) 13-8fav (12-0) Chased leader, 5th halfway, progress to challenge early straight and led under 2f out, pushed out and kept on well inside final furlong, comfortably, won at Gowran Park 2m N H flat hvy in Mar beating Sub Lieutenant (11-9) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Jollyallan 9-4fav (11-4) Made all, ridden clear over 1f out, kept on strongly, won at Wincanton 2m mdn NH flat (6) gs beating Abitofbob (11-4) by 15l, 14 ran.
Killultagh Vic (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) In touch, driven to chase leaders on inside over 2f out, ridden 1f out, kept on same pace, never on terms, 6th of 22, 5l behind Silver Concorde (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m N H flat G1 (1) gd in Mar.
Riviera Sun (IRE) Evensfav (11-9) Mid-division, progress into 5th 5f out, disputed 4f out, led 3f out, ridden and challenged 2f out, asserted over 1f out, kept on strongly to go clear final furlong, won at Down Royal 2m N H flat in Mar beating Killultagh Sarah (11-7) by 6l, 11 ran.
Seven Nation Army (IRE) 11-4 (11-7) Led early, chased leaders, pushed along 5f out, ridden and outpaced over 4f out, never on terms after, 5th of 8, 32l behind Definitly Red (11-3) at Newbury 2m Listed NH flat (1) hvy in Feb.
Shaneshill (IRE) 7-2fav (11-5) Tracked leaders, challenged over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, no extra and held final 75 yards, 2nd of 22, 1 1/2l behind Silver Concorde (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m N H flat G1 (1) gd in Mar.
Silver Concorde 16-1 (11-5) Mid-division on inside, smooth headway 3f out, effort 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlolng, edged right and stayed on well towards finish, won at Cheltenham 2m N H flat G1 (1) gd in Mar beating Shaneshill (11-5) by 1 1/2l, 22 ran.
Some Buckle (IRE) 7-2fav (11-2) Held up towards rear, headway on inner over 3f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, weakened towards finish, 3rd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Zeroeshadesofgrey (11-6) at Doncaster 2m NH flat (6) gs in Feb.
Value At Risk 22-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, outpaced over 3f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 13th of 22, 17l behind Silver Concorde (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m N H flat G1 (1) gd in Mar.
Aminabad (FR) 7-4fav (11-6) Chased leaders, closer order 5f out, 4th 3f out, travelling smoothly from before straight, challenged from 2f out, led over 1f out, stayed on well under pressure inside final furlong, won at Limerick 2m Lstd N H flat (1) hvy in Mar beating Off The Mark (11-6) by 1l, 13 ran.
Aniknam (FR) 6-4fav (10-11) Held up towards rear, headway 8f out, led over 2f out, cruised clear over 1f out, very easily, won at Hexham 2m mdn NH flat (6) sft in Mar beating Redkalani (11-4) by 10l, 9 ran.
Patsio (IRE) 3-1 (11-9) Held up early, closer after 4f, 6th halfway, headway in 3rd entering straight, challenged 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, kept on well under pressure final furlong, won at Limerick 2m N H flat beating Arctic Skipper (11-7) by 1/2l, 11 ran.