Thursday 23 March 2017

Don Cossack delivers Gold Cup riches for Gordon Elliot

Graham Clark and Ashley Iveson

Don Cossack ridden by Bryan Cooper on the way to winning the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase during Gold Cup Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday March 18, 2016. See PA story RACING Gold. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Don Cossack ridden by Bryan Cooper on the way to winning the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase during Gold Cup Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday March 18, 2016. See PA story RACING Gold. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Don Cossack led home an Irish clean sweep with an authoritative success in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The nine-year-old gave trainer Gordon Elliott and jockey Bryan Cooper their first blue riband triumph and a second for owners Gigginstown House Stud after War Of Attrition 10 years ago.

Don Cossack, the 9-4 favourite, was followed home by Djakadam and Don Poli, both trained by Willie Mullins, who is still seeking his first Gold Cup win.

However, the race changed dramatically when Cue Card fell at the third-last fence when in with every chance.

Don Cossack was left to stride away and claim victory by four and a half lengths from Rich Ricci's Djakadam (9-2), who was runner-up for the second year running.

Don Poli (9-2), also owned by Gigginstown, was 10 lengths away in third.

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