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Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup
Grade 1, Cheltenham 15:30
£575,000 added,
5yo plus,
3m 2f 70y, Class 1  
Friday 17th March 2017

Don Cossack progress gives Gordon Elliott cause for optimism

Aug 08 Gordon Elliott plans to give Don Cossack just one run before he defends his Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup crown next March - as long as the star chaser shows sufficient progress from injury.

Don Cossack
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Don Cossack

The nine-year-old is well on the road to recovery from a tendon problem, but Elliott reiterated that the six-times Grade One scorer would be retired if it looks as though he might not reach the heights to which he has grown accustomed.

"He scanned OK a few weeks ago," the County Meath handler told At The Races.

"I think he could be back within a month, then he'll start on roadwork.

"He'll probably do eight weeks of that, get re-scanned and if everything is OK we'll start back with him then - but everything will have to be 110 per cent.

"It'll be day by day. If he stays OK, he'll be back and if he doesn't, he'll have a happy retirement.

"If the horse is 110 per cent the plan would be to have one run - I'm not sure where yet - and then the Gold Cup, but if he's not 110 per cent he'll be retired.

"He doesn't owe us anything."

Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase 2016
£575,000 added, 5yo plus, 3m 2f 70y, Class 1
9 ran
Going: Good

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Don Cossack (GER) 9/4f B J Cooper
G Elliott 9
2nd Djakadam (FR) 9/2 R Walsh
W P Mullins 7
3rd 10 Don Poli (IRE) 9/2 D N Russell
W P Mullins 7
4th 7 Carlingford Lough (IRE) 25/1 B J Geraghty
J E Kiely 10
5th nse Irish Cavalier (IRE) 66/1 P Townend
Miss R Curtis 7
6th 16 Smad Place (FR) 10/1 Wayne Hutchinson
A King 9
7th 15 O'Faolains Boy (IRE) 40/1 N D Fehily
Miss R Curtis 9
8th On His Own (IRE) 50/1 Mr P W Mullins
W P Mullins 12
F Cue Card 5/2 P J Brennan
C L Tizzard 10
NR Road To Riches (IRE) 12/1 Non Runner
N Meade 9