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Don Cossack - Navan - 25/11/2012

VIDEO: Don Cossack made a winning start over hurdles at Navan on Sunday and was cut to 7-1 favourite (from 9) for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. He was also made a 10-1 chance for the Neptune.

Trainer Gordon Elliott said: "I was a bit nervous and it's great to get it out of the way. You'd have to be happy with that and Davy said he was happy too. We will probably come back here for the Grade 1 Novice Hurdle in December. We'll more than likely step him up in trip and I'd say the Navan race will be the plan now. Jumping fences will be his game in time."

Jockey Davy Russell added: "That was something else. I rode in the first two races and in fairness Bonisland ran a nice race but this fella gave me a different feel altogether. It would be premature to say that he's the best that I've ever sat on as he has a long way to go before we can talk about him in those terms but he's certainly going the right way. His jumping was almost faultless, he just made one slight error, but other than that he was very good. His slick over them too. He doesn't spend much time in the air and gets from one side to the other very quickly. He's hugely, hugely exciting."

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