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  • 18:40 Growise Champion Novice Chase 3m 1f

  • (Grade 1) €90,000 added 5yo+ 5 ran
  • Winner €55,800 2nd €17,100 3rd €8,100 4th €2,700
  • Going: Good to Yielding
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 6m 20.40s
  • Off time: 18:40:30

Don Cossack is set for the Growise Champion Novice Chase at Punchestown on Tuesday

Last Updated: 28/04/14 1:56pm

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Don Cossack: Third-time lucky?

Don Cossack: Third-time lucky?

Don Cossack attempts to make it third-time lucky at a major festival when he takes in the Growise Champion Novice Chase at Punchestown on Tuesday.

The Gordon Elliott-trained seven-year-old fell when he was still going well in the RSA Chase at Cheltenham and beat all bar current ante-post Gold Cup favourite Holywell at Aintree.

Elliott told At The Races: "He's very good, actually. He came out of Aintree brilliantly. He was unlucky at Cheltenham. He was travelling well. It was too early to say what might have happened, but he beat every horse that ran in the RSA that ran in Aintree.

"He's in good form and he won't mind the ground drying out a bit. We're looking forward to it."

Morning Assembly has also been declared for the Bibby Gold Cup later in the week but his trainer Pat Fahy will only use that option unless there is an early mishap.

He accounted for Don Cossack in the Florida Pearl Chase in November, was narrowly beaten by Carlingford Lough in the Topaz Novice Chase and finished a solid third in the RSA at Cheltenham.

"We've left him in the other race just in case something strange happens," said Fahy. "He didn't do much wrong at Cheltenham but I don't think he was at his best.

"He didn't settle very well in England, he didn't eat up as well as he normally does and he got quite warm, it was not what he was used to. That was part of the reason for going over though, so next time it won't be new to him.

"He ran a bit light and I'd be surprised if he doesn't run better. It won't be simple, it's a very hot race. "Davy (Russell) is a big fan of his, he was keen to ride him."

Seven runners have been declared for the Grade One, with the field a mixture of those who ran in the JLT and the RSA at Cheltenham. 

Willie Mullins runs Djakadam, Ballycasey and Mozoltov. Perhaps surprisingly, Ruby Walsh has chosen Djakadam, who fell four out in the JLT.

That decision has seen the bookmakers make him favourite ahead of stablemate Ballycasey, a faller in the Powers Gold Cup, in which Mozoltov unseated his rider.

   
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