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Thursday 12 December 2019

2016 Gold Cup winner Don Cossack retired after recurrence of tendon injury

Don Cossack and Bryan Cooper winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March Picture: PA
Don Cossack and Bryan Cooper winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March Picture: PA Newsdesk Newsdesk

2016 Cheltenham Gold Cup champion Don Cossack has been retired from racing.

In a statement, Gigginstown House Stud announced that after consultation with trainer Gordon Elliot and jockey Bryan Cooper, the champion horse will no longer compete.

Don Cossack suffered a tendon injury last April shortly after winning the Gold Cup and just one week before the Punchestown Gold Cup. His team had hoped that the horse would be able to defend its crown at Cheltenham in March, but a scan has shown that there is a 15% tear of the tendon.

Don Cossack will be 'retired to the paddocks at Gigginstown' for a 'well deserved retirement', according to the statement.

“Anita, Eddie and I would like to sincerely thank Gordon, Karen, Louise and all the team at Cullentra House for the outstanding job they did in managing Don Cossack’s career, to ultimately win the 2016 Cheltenham Gold Cup," Don Cossack owner Michael O'Leary said.

"Gordon left no stone unturned to help Don Cossack return to defend his title but alas it is not to be. At the age of 10 we are all agreed that the best thing for “the Don” is a well-earned and very well pampered retirement in Gigginstown.”

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