Former jockey Sir Anthony McCoy impressed by Don Cossack

Trainer Gordon Elliott with Don Cossack Simon McGonagle

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Former jockey Sir Anthony McCoy has admitted that he would love to ride Don Cossack in this year’s Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup.

McCoy enjoyed a schooling session aboard the nine-year-old on Friday morning.

Gordon Elliott’s stable star gave the 20-time champion jockey his last Grade One winner before he retired after a fabulous career.

He won the Melling Chase at Aintree last April and the brown gelding is currently the ante-post favourite for next month’s race at Prestbury Park.

Don Cossack will be up against it with the likes of Djakadam, Cue Card and Don Poli all entered into the race which will take place on Friday, March 18.

Jockey Bryan Cooper will be on board either Don Cossack or Don Poli, but he has yet to decide with three weeks until the start of The Festival.

Although he admits it is a very strong field, McCoy is adamant that he would pick Don Cossack over every other horse.

He told Press Association Sport: “I gave him a couple of canters and schooled him over a few fences and he felt great. I’d love to be riding him in the Gold Cup.

“If I had the choice of any horse, he’d be the one I’d ride. I’m not just saying that because I won him. I just think he has all the right attributes and if we get some good weather that will be in his favour.”

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