Trainer Gordon Elliott has issued a positive update on stable star and Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Don Cossack this morning, but has warned that any signs of him not being at 110% would result in the nine-year-old gelded son of Sholokhov being retired.
Signs are good as the nine-year-old continues on the road to recovery from a tendon problem, and his trainer told At The Races this morning “He scanned okay a few weeks ago. I think he could be back within a month, then he’ll start on roadwork. He’ll probably do eight weeks of that, then get re-scanned and if everything is okay we will start back with him then – but everything will have to be 110%.”
His County Meath handler expanded further “It’ll be day by day with him, if he stays okay he’ll be back, and if he doesn’t he’ll have a happy retirement. The plan would be to have one run – I’m not sure where yet – and then on to the Gold Cup, but if he’s not 110% he’ll be retired. He doesn’t owe us anything.”
At this stage is remains unknown whether we will see Don Cossack excelling on the racecourse again, he is currently an 8-1 chance to defend his Gold Cup crown next March.