Don Cossack - Navan - 25/11/2012

Don Cossack: stiff and sore following fall in Sunday's Navan Novice Hurdle

  PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)  

Elliott left to regroup with Don Cossack

GORDON ELLIOTT admitted on Monday morning that even a tip-top Don Cossack would have found it difficult to beat Pont Alexandre in Sunday's Navan Novice Hurdle.

Don Cossack fell heavily at the last in the 2m4f Grade 1 when beaten under Davy Russell, the rider's third fall in as many races on Sunday.

The son of Sholokov has been eased to 16-1 for the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival by Boylesports, with Pont Alexandre 6-1 for the same race with Paddy Power.

Elliott said on Monday morning: "Don Cossack is stiff and sore. There is no more realistic man than me and I think that if he ran to 100 per cent of his health, I reckon he'd have struggled to beat Willie Mullins' horse on the day. But I definitely feel he did not run to his best.

"He was beaten going past the stands the first time and never jumped. He is very sore and feeling sorry for himself today so we'll just have to see where we'll go from here.

"Of course it is disappointing but they are animals, it's racing and you have to keep the head up. We won't rush the horse now."

Un Beau Matin, who looked primed to win the Grade 2 Tara Hurdle only to fall at the second-last, was also reported to be feeling the effects the following morning.

"The writing for us was on the wall early in the day when he fell. Davy said he was full of running. He is very, very sore and it'll be a while before both horses run again."

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