Don Cossack impresses on comeback
Don Cossack showed he is likely to be a major player in the top staying races this term when making the perfect reappearance at Punchestown.
Winner of the Punchestown Gold Cup on his last start, the Michael O'Leary-owned gelding cruised home in the hands of Bryan Cooper to give trainer Gordon Elliott his fifth successive win in the Grade Three contest.
Roi Du Mee, one of three representing the winning connections in the five-runner field, made the running. Bright New Dawn fell at the second and completed the course riderless. Thankfully, he did not cause any serious trouble as Don Cossack (1/4) jumped into the lead two out and went on to score by 12 lengths from Roi Du Mee.
"I don't have too many like that in the yard," said Elliott. "I have to train him like a Gold Cup horse now. Gigginstown obviously have a few others there like Road To Riches and Don Poli."
Don Cossack was completing a quick double for Elliott, Cooper and Gigginstown following The Game Changer's impressive performance in the Buck House Chase for his sixth win since May.
Cooper oozed confidence as he delivered the evens favourite to jump into the lead at the final fence and sprint clear of Sizing Platinum to win by three lengths.