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Cheltenham: Golden opportunities for Silver

Golden Silver will continue to be aimed at prizes on the home front rather than tackling the top two-milers again in Cheltenham's Queen Mother Champion Chase, although the French import could yet represent Willie Mullins at the Festival in the Ryanair Chase.

After seeing his hotpot work hard to catch and pass Rubi Light in yesterday's Normans Grove Chase at Fairyhouse, the champion trainer remarked: “Only his rating (166) got him through after Rubi Light (143) went so far ahead.

“Golden Silver is not a horse to chase one in front — ideally he would prefer to be towed into his races.

“But he's a winter horse and goes to Punchestown in a fortnight for the Tied Cottage along with J'y Vole and Scotsirish.

“We'll try to win what we can with him here before Cheltenham, where he may go for the Ryanair as he's about 10lb below the best two-milers.”

Punters had their fingers burned when the Mullins-trained 4-7 shot Sous Les Cieux was turned over by 33-1 outsider Bayross in the Tote Pick Six Rollover Maiden Hurdle.

Leading two out in the hands of Andrew Lynch, Bayross pulled steadily clear to seal success by two and a half lengths from Sous Les Cieux. Lord Redsgirth was third.

“I was quite confident over this two and a half miles and that heavy ground helped make a difference too,” said trainer John Larkin.

“He has a lovely pedigree and was a nice bit of value for €8,800 at the 2009 Derby Sale as he has a lovely pedigree.”

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