Elliott plots light Gold Cup prep for Don Cossack

Don Cossack is progressing well in his injury recovery

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.

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.

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“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 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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