Cossack maintains Elliott’s record

first_img Press Association A mistake from Alderwood dropped him to third, but Don Cossack jumped it well and he was spring heeled again at the final fence to seal victory. He only had to be pushed out by Cooper close home to pass the post with five and a half lengths in hand, with Loosen My Load holding on for second. Elliott said: “I thought he (Don Cossack) was good. It may be that he’s better on better ground and a bit better fresh. “This has been a lucky race for us. He’ll go now for the second season novice race at Down Royal (Powers Irish Whiskey Chase, November 1). “He’s definitely a bit stronger this year and was probably a bit of a baby last year. “Roi Du Mee will go for cross-country races now. He’s schooled over the banks and jumps them very well. “His biggest problem is that he tries too hard.” The Elliott-trained Roi Du Mee, who won the race in 2011 and 2012 and was runner-up to ill-fated stable companion Toner D’Oudairies 12 months ago, joined Don Cossack in the field and disputed the early running with Loosen My Load. As Roi Du Mee began to fade out of contention heading down the back straight, both 11-10 favourite Don Cossack and main market rival Alderwood began to close up on the pacesetter and all three were in with a chance of victory jumping the second last. center_img The Star Best For Racing Coverage Chase at Punchestown went to Gordon Elliott and Gigginstown House Stud for the fourth successive year as Don Cossack made a winning reappearance in the hands of Bryan Cooper. last_img

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