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Don could still pack a Punch

Gordon Elliott is weighing up whether to let runaway Aintree winner Don Cossack have an outing at the Punchestown Festival.

The Gigginstown House Stud-owned eight-year-old accounted for some very smart rivals by upwards of 26 lengths in the Melling Chase, and Elliott has been delighted with his condition since the race.

The only time he has been beaten this season was when he was slightly unlucky in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham.

"He is bouncing after Aintree," said the County Meath handler.

"I don't know whether to run at Punchestown as he's been so good and has won four from five this season.

"Every time you look back at the Ryanair it makes you realise how unlucky he was, but he is an exciting horse for next year."

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