Don Cossack pleases Elliott

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 and Bryan Cooper win the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup

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.

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“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.”

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