Posted: 19th Mar 2016
Don Cossack: victory never looked in doubt after Cue Card's fallPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
DON COSSACK could make one more appearance this season with trainer Gordon Elliott hoping to run the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup hero at Punchestown.
After finishing third in the Ryanair Chase last year, the Gigginstown House Stud-owned nine-year-old won at Aintree and Punchestown but he will not repeat that route this time.
Speaking the morning after Don Cossack’s comprehensive defeat of Djakadam in the festival highlight, Elliott said: “If he runs anywhere he will run at Punchestown but we will see how the horse is. I’ve got to speak to Michael and Eddie [O’Leary] and we’ll see but I’d imagine it would be Punchestown, all being well.”
Don Cossack had questions to answer going into the Gold Cup but he produced the perfect riposte with a faultless performance and after Cue Card crashed out at the third-last fence after taking up the lead, the victory never looked in doubt.
“The ground came right and everything fell right for him,” added Elliott on At The Races. “This is definitely his time of year and he’s a different horse on better ground.”
Elliott, who finished the week with three victories after earlier successes for Diamond King (Coral Cup) and Cause Of Causes (Kim Muir), added a second crown jewel to haul following Silver Birch’s victory on the 2007 Grand National.
“The Gold Cup and the Grand National are the two races you want to win and I’ve been so lucky to do it,” he said. “I’ve got good staff and owners and it’s a dream come true.”
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