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Silver steeled for Champion test

Golden Silver is on course to defend his boylesports.com Champion Chase crown at Punchestown on May 3.

Willie Mullins' nine-year-old is the model of consistency and defeated a field including this year's Queen Mother winner Sizing Europe in the Grade One event last year.

He has had another honourable season, winning four of his seven starts, including a defeat of Big Zeb in the Tied Cottage Chase over the course and distance in January.

However, that horse finished in front of Golden Silver when he was fourth in last month's Queen Mother, while Sizing Europe and third-placed Captain Cee Bee are also likely to be in attendance.

"We would prefer winter ground for Golden Silver but he won the race last year and he seems to like Punchestown," said Mullins.

"He has been raced hard all year but he seems to take it and enjoy it, so we certainly couldn't stay at home. He deserves a crack at it and goes there with a big chance."

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