Cooper keen to take on Thistle

Bryan Cooper is keen to "have a go" at Thistlecrack with reigning Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Don Cossack.

Don Cossack was an impressive winner last season

The Gordon Elliott-trained Don Cossack was a brilliant winner of the blue riband back in March, but has been sidelined by injury since.

For a while his career was hanging in the balance, but he is now back in training and connections appear increasingly confident he will defend his crown at Prestbury Park in March.

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"Watching him every day, the glow is back in him – he looks fantastic," Cooper told At The Races.

"The lad who is riding him every day says he couldn't be happier with him, so fingers crossed everything can keep going the way it's going. We'll take it week by week.

"It would be nice to have a go at him (Thistlecrack). He is very flashy in what he's been doing, but at the end of the day, Don Cossack is a Gold Cup winner and if he comes back with the same spark he had there last year, it's going to take a hell of a horse to beat him."

Don Cossack is 10/1 with Sky Bet for the Gold Cup, with Thistlecrack their even-money favourite.

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