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Cossack aims to be four-midable


Don Cossack

Don Cossack

Don Cossack

After making an impressive start to the season when racking up three straight wins including the Grade One John Durkan Chase at Punchestown, it was thought that we wouldn't see Don Cossack again until he lined up at the start in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham in March.

However, after toying with the idea of going straight to Cheltenham with his stable star, Gordon Elliott has instead opted to take in tomorrow's Kinloch Brae with the eight-year-old, who is three from three this season, and of Ireland's leading challengers for the Cheltenham Festival.

The Gigginstown-owned gelding silenced a lot of doubters in the first half of this season and is likely to have to fend off a decent looking field in tomorrow's assignment with last year's winner Texas Jack among the entries for Noel Meade.

Meade, who won the Lexus Chase with Road To Riches, was also looking forward to running Texas Jack in that race but had to withdraw him on the morning of the race due to a family bereavement in the Watson family, which own him.

Texas Jack was fourth behind Don Cossack on his seasonal reappearance in the John Durkan and that could prove to be quite an interesting tussle.

Willie Mullins has some notable entries in the race with Ballycasey his most likely runner. Although he failed to land a blow over two miles last time out, Ballycasey won't be out of the equation over two-and-a-half miles this time so the Thurles showpiece really does promise to be a cracking affair.


Mullins is also set to give Vroum Vroum Mag her third start in Ireland in the Grade Two Coolmore Mares Novice Chase after she was a cosy winner of the first two at Wexford and Cork.

Mossey Joe, who was bought by Barry Connell with the Aintree Grand National in mind, is a possible runner in the concluding Hunters Chase.