Wednesday 17 January 2018

Don Cossack looking to give trainer Elliott a high five

Don Cossack
Don Cossack

The Flat season doesn't finish in Ireland until the end of this month but with the Curragh staging its final meeting on Tuesday and the Munster National taking place at Limerick on Sunday, it is the changing of the guard in terms of the two seasons.

Tuesday's Curragh meeting is a low-key industry afternoon but there's plenty on offer at HQ on Sunday where the Tote Cesarewitch is the big race on offer with a real intriguing field set to go to post.

Tony Martin will make a three-strong raid on Newmarket's equivalent tomorrow afternoon and he may also have a say at the Curragh on Sunday with some notable British entries also coming over.

Next week sees the jump season go up another couple of gears as the entries for the first Punchestown meetings were released yesterday.

The star name for the two-day meeting at the County Kildare track is Gordon Elliott's Don Cossack.

The 175-rated chaser is the highest-rated jump horse on these shores and he will begin at the same point as 12 months ago when looking to give Elliott a fifth consecutive win in the Grade Three race.

Elliott dominated the entries for the contest and also has Bright New Dawn and Mail De Bievre, who joined him over the summer months, as well as Clarcam and Roi Du Mee.

Noel Meade has three entries for the 2m7f race with Road To Riches one of them but he's unlikely to take on Don Cossack at this stage as they are both owned by Michael O'Leary's Gigginstown House Stud but Meade could be represented by Texas Jack, while Home Farm and last weekend's Gowran Park winner Cailin Annamh are also inlcuded for Henry de Bromhead and Jessica Harrington.

The Grade Two novice chase on Thursday - where the ground is good to firm - features Guitar Pete, The Game Changer and Sizing Platinum.

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