Friday 9 December 2016

Cossack ruled out of Punchestown

Published 25/04/2016 | 02:30

'At Cheltenham a month ago, Elliott and Bryan Cooper combined with Don Cossack to scale jump racing’s highest peak.' Photo: Sportsfile
'At Cheltenham a month ago, Elliott and Bryan Cooper combined with Don Cossack to scale jump racing’s highest peak.' Photo: Sportsfile

Gordon Elliott's Gold Cup hero Don Cossack will miss Wednesday's Punchestown rematch with Cue Card, and might yet have run his last race after suffering a tendon injury.

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At Cheltenham a month ago, Elliott and Bryan Cooper combined with Don Cossack to scale jump racing's highest peak. Cue Card fell on that occasion and Don Cossack endured a similar fate when they clashed in the King George VI Chase at Kempton previously.

So Wednesday's Bibby Financial Services Gold Cup showdown promised to be an enormous draw for the Punchestown festival. However, Elliott wasn't happy with the horse yesterday morning, and the nine-year-old's career could be in jeopardy after he was found to have a tendon strain.

"He will be treated with the aim to bring him back," said Michael O'Leary's brother Eddie of the Gigginstown Stud-owned star.

"If all goes well, that will be the plan, but if he isn't 100pc, we won't be doing it. He won't now be getting his planned summer holiday as he'll be recuperating.

Irish Independent

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