Valseur Lido wins Champion Chase at Down Royal

Ruby Walsh won the Champion Chase at Down Royal on Valseur Lido
Ruby Walsh won the Champion Chase at Down Royal on Valseur Lido

Ruby Walsh rode Valseur Lido to victory over seven-time Grade One winner Silviniaco Conti in the JNwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal.

Now trained by trained by Henry de Bromhead, the 2-1 favourite made it a fifth success in the race for the owners, the Gigginstown Stud.

Once the seven-year-old passed long-time leader Silviniaco Conti, the result was never in doubt.

Galway Plate winner Lord Scoundrel was third in the three-mile feature.

JNwine.com Champion Chase (3m)
1 Valseur Lido (R Walsh)2-1 Fav
2 Silviniaco Conti (N Fehily)11-4
3 Lord Scoundrel (K Donoghue)25-1

Walsh had retained the ride on Valseur Lido, who was switched from Willie Mullins' stable in September.

British raiders Silviniaco Conti and The Last Samuri set the pace until Valseur Lido cruised into contention.

He quickly put the race to bed and had 11 lengths to spare over the 10-year-old Silviniaco Conti.

Don Poli, was pulled up, while the Noel Meade-trained Monksland fell five out.

Walsh said: "He travelled super, he jumped super, but he didn't do anything that he hasn't done in the past."