Don Cossack delivers Gold Cup riches for Gordon Elliott

Published: Friday 18th March 2016 by The News Editor

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Don Cossack led home an Irish clean sweep with an authoritative success in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The nine-year-old gave trainer Gordon Elliott and jockey Bryan Cooper their first blue riband triumph and a second for owners Gigginstown House Stud after War Of Attrition 10 years ago.

Don Cossack, the 9-4 favourite, was followed home by Djakadam and Don Poli, both trained by Willie Mullins, who is still seeking his first Gold Cup win.

However, the race changed dramatically when Cue Card fell at the third-last fence when in with every chance.

Don Cossack was left to stride away and claim victory by four and a half lengths from Rich Ricci’s Djakadam (9-2), who was runner-up for the second year running.

Don Poli (9-2), also owned by Gigginstown, was 10 lengths away in third.

Cooper, who burst on to the scene riding for the late Dessie Hughes, said: “Fair play to Gordon, he stuck by me, I had the hardest decision (riding Don Cossack rather than Don Poli) and he had him right for today. He never missed a beat.

“It was a hard decision to make, but there’s a man up there looking out for me, Dessie Hughes.”

Published: Friday 18th March 2016 by The News Editor

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