Note
14 Feb 2011 | 19:15
Nag Me about
To add a NagMe alert you must sign in.
Forgot password?
Not a member yet?

Search: Horse Jockey Trainer Owner All

Big Sunday test for CossackHeadlines
Don Cossack

Gordon Elliott admits Sunday will tell him much more about immediate targets for Don Cossack as he bids to regain the winning thread in what looks a fascinating Racing UK Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle at Punchestown.

The three-time bumper winner began the season with a huge reputation and could not have been more impressive on his hurdling debut at Navan in late November.

However, he was well beaten when falling at the last in the Grade One Navan Novice Hurdle in December and although subsequent results suggest he may have bumped into a superstar in Pont Alexandre, Elliott is convinced his charge was not at his best.

"He's in good shape and we're happy with him at home, so he's going to have to go and prove himself on the track now," said the trainer.

"I think he's going to have to improve on what he did the last day to win. Nothing really showed up after that but we felt he just had an off-day. Hopefully he is in better form with himself on Sunday and we'll see how he gets on.

"He's entered in Cheltenham, but we're not really sure where we're going with him. Sunday will tell us a lot."

Don Cossack faces a far from straightforward task with each of his five opponents lining up on the back of victories.

The Henry de Bromhead-trained Starkie has won his last two at Cork and Tramore and now tests the water at Grade Two level, while Mumbo Jumbo won what looked a warm maiden hurdle at Leopardstown's Christmas meeting and his trainer Margaret Mullins is keen to see how he fares in better company.

Champion trainer Willie Mullins relies on Mozoltov, a leading bumper horse who won by 24 lengths on his hurdling bow at Gowran in December, and the field is completed by Noel Meade's highly regarded Ned Buntline and Pat Flynn's narrow Tramore scorer Waydownsouth.

6 March 2015

Taps turned on at Cheltenham
Poli confirmed for RSA
Top man McCoy has Imperial aim
Golden swansong for Randell
Osborne rocked by New York blow
Nicholls launches Lifeboat bid
Harrington buzzing for Champion
No pacemaking plan for Bertimont
Foxrock features in Ryanair field
Big guns stand World ground
Pendleton gets Waley-Cohen backing
Scu Bid for Imperial glory
Bin Suroor targets Dubai Gold
Varian in Business at Wolverhampton
Leading chance for Intransigent
Leading chance for Intransigent
Synchronised leads McCoy favourites
Pendleton eyeing Festival ride
Ryanair the target for Foxrock
BHA points to whip rule success
King Zeroes in on Albert Bartlett
Estrella out of luck in record bid
O'Brien dominates Derby possibles
Coney heads RSA contenders
Big guns stand Champion ground
World misses Bumper run
Ricci highlights Power claims
McCoy honoured by Cheltenham

5 March 2015

Appeal success for Thornton
Long-absent Jack back at Sandown
Chase aims for Cloonacool
Bidourey leads Imperial charge
O'Connor Right for Job
Summers day of reckoning
Now is the right time - Hughes
Fehily gets Kitten Champion nod
Elm blossoming for Guineas date
Cheltenham braced for Power surge
Sceaux stands out in Arkle list
Douvan dominates Supreme list
Games leads Ferguson charge
Cyclone confirmed for Ryanair run
Hard graft key to Govaness dream

4 March 2015

Hughes to retire at end of season
La Estrella on the brink of history
One shines in final school
No major withdrawals from National
Punchestown option for O Maonlai
One shines in final school
Panther on Gold trail
Rock riding plans undecided
Time likely to skip Festival test
Mick misses out
Nacarat suffers fatal injury
Juddmonte 'best race in the world'
Imperial ground worry for Ferguson
Flintshire enjoys Sheema prep
Thakhira on Wulfruna trail
Plastic perfect for Grugy
Queen out to rule at Cheltenham
Chesterfield blow for Ferguson
Cyclone edges towards Ryanair

3 March 2015

Birthday celebration for O'Sullevan
George backs Stellar to star
Balmusette books Newbury berth
Bishop sights set on Fred Winter
Mullins ponders Alderwood gameplan
Chance of a lifetime for Mullins
Kyle hit by Festival fever
Ayr-bound Victory swerves Festival
Winner strikes JCR sponsorship deal
Fontwell washed away
Cue Card out of Cheltenham
Riches camp 'all over' Lough
Waterlogged Fontwell inspects
Waterlogged Fontwell inspects
Sensation ready for Grand Annual
Waterlogged Fontwell inspects
McCoy shines on Sivola
Weekend plan for Lincoln hope Boy

About | Terms | Privacy | Manage Alerts | Manage Account | © 2015