Don Cossack scans ‘very good’

Don Cossack is set to go back into training with Gordon Elliott next month in the hope that he has made a full recovery from injury.

Don Cossack wins the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

However, should Elliott not be entirely happy with how the nine-year-old takes to being back in work, he will not hesitate in retiring him.

At the moment, the trainer reports the recuperation to be going swimmingly with Don Cossack undergoing regular road work.

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The horse, owned by Gigginstown House Stud, was last seen winning the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup in March. He subsequently suffered a tendon injury when being prepared for the Bibby Financial Services Ireland Punchestown Gold Cup in April.

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

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

"We're under no illusions. 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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