Don Cossack: "He won't be out again until around Christmas"PICTURE: Alain Barr (racingpost.com/photos)
Don Cossack dances to Down Royal success
Report: Down Royal, Saturday
JNwine.com Champion Chase (Grade 1) 3m, 5yo+
DON COSSACK made light work of three inferior rivals, coming home in splendid isolation to land his sixth Grade 1.
The highest-rated chaser in Britain and Ireland was much too good and found himself in front earlier than big-race jockey Bryan Cooper would have liked, but he powered his way to a dominant success.
The Paul Nicholls-trained Rocky Creek got the better of 2013 winner Roi Du Mee to finish second at 7-1, but he was a full eight lengths adrift of the eased down 2-11 favourite.
Cooper said: "The ground was tacky and he wasn't in love with it but I was always confident and he never really got out of second gear.
"A stronger and more competitive race, where they go a better pace, will bring out the best in him. He's going to have to keep stepping up but he's doing things right so far."
Cut for King George
Gordon Elliott added: "I'm glad it's over! These less competitive races are sometimes the ones which trip you up. The horse did all he could do really. He's a super horse and a star.
"He won't be out again until around Christmas and it will either be the King George or the Lexus. If I had to put money on it, it would be the King George."
Paddy Power went 100-30 (from 4) for the King George and left the Elliott-trained eight-year-old at 6-1 for the Gold Cup.