Classy Cossack at Aintree
Don Cossack put his Cheltenham flop behind him in style with a dominant win in Friday’s feature, the Melling Chase, at Aintree.
AP McCoy always had Gordon Elliott’s eight-year-old close to the pace set by Cue Card, but there was drama behind as Balder Succes and Sire De Grugy suffered early falls. Wayne Hutchinson was stood down for the day after parting company with Balder Succes and will have to pass the doctor if he is to ride Godsmejudge in tomorrow’s Grand National.
The pair were briefly threatened by Johns Spirit but he failed to trouble the leaders. Cue Card then faded and the Irish raider coasted home by 26 lengths to give Elliott his third winner of the week and McCoy his second.
Elliott said: “He’s always been the apple of my eye and AP gave him a great ride. I was delighted to see AP send him on down the back straight because we know he stays and that it wouldn’t turn into a sprint. It’s nice to get a winner for AP as well.
“The horses are going great and it’s going well. It was very unfortunate that Bryan Cooper got suspended at Cheltenham. He’s a big part of the team. I’m very lucky, I’ve got brilliant staff, good horses and brilliant owners.”
King George sponsors William Hill gave him a quote of 10-1 for the big race at Kempton on Boxing Day (St Stephen’s Day).
Rory Jiwani 10/04/15
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