Co. Meath based trainer, Gordon Elliott, intends to give 2016 Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, Don Cossack, just one race before he defends his title next year – as long as the reigning champion shows sufficient progress from injury.
The nine year old is on the road to recovery from a tendon problem, but the Gold Cup winning trainer reiterated that the six-times Grade One victor would be retired if it looks as though he might not reach the heights to which he has grown accustomed.
“He scanned OK a few weeks ago. I think he could be back within a month, then he’ll start on roadwork” said Elliott.
He cautioned, however, that retirement will beckon if the horse’s return to full health doesn’t go to plan: “It’ll be day by day. If he stays OK, he’ll be back and if he doesn’t, he’ll have a happy retirement.