Elliott pleased with progress of Gold Cup hero Don Cossack

Don Cossack and Brian Cooper after winning the Gold Cup in March

PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) Don Cossack progress pleases trainer Elliott By Keith Melrose 10:40AM 8 AUG 2016

GORDON ELLIOTT has issued a positive update on Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Don Cossack, but warns that anything less than a “110 per cent” recovery would result in the nine-year-old being retired.

Elliott told At The Races: “He scanned okay a few weeks ago. I think he could be back within a month, then he’ll start on roadwork. He’ll probably do eight weeks of that, get re-scanned and if everything is okay we’ll start back with him then – but everything will have to be 110 per cent.”

Elliott’s cautious approach means that it could be quite a while before it is know whether Don Cossack will be seen on a racecourse again.

“It’ll be day by day,” he added. “If he stays okay, he’ll be back and if he doesn’t, he’ll have a happy retirement. 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.”

Don Cossack is generally around 8-1 c0-favourite to defend his Gold Cup title next March, with Ryanair winner Vautour and World Hurdle winner Thistlecrack alongside him.

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