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Punchestown News

Punchestown News: Gold Cup hero Don Cossack nearing return to training

Posted: 29th Sep 2016

Don Cossack (Brian Cooper) wins the Gold Cup

Don Cossack must be "120 per cent right" if he is to continue racing

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

Don Cossack nearing return to training

CONNECTIONS of Don Cossack will have a better idea about the prospect of their Gold Cup hero racing again when he returns to training at Gordon Elliott's yard in the coming weeks.

The nine-year-old has been off the track since his Cheltenham success in March, having sustained a tendon injury while being prepared for a shot at the Punchestown Gold Cup in April.

Connections were quick to suggest at the time of the injury that retirement was a possible outcome and Elliott, who will on Thursday receive a number of fellow Gigginstown House Stud-owned horses being removed from the yard of rival Willie Mullins, again stressed Don Cossack's welfare is the number one concern.

"He's going into his sixth week having roadwork and the scans have been very good. I saw him last Sunday week and the legs felt good," Elliott told At The Races.

"When a horse gets a ligament injury it's day by day, but it seems to be going well and we'll have him back here in the next two or three weeks.

"We're under no illusions though. If he's not 120 per cent right at this stage, we'll retire him.

"He's been a wonderful horse, so we'll do the best thing for the horse."

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