TRALEE jockey Bryan Cooper produced yet another highly impressive and polished display of jockeyship at Fairyhouse races on Saturday last, where he won the 2ml1f beginners chase on 10/1 chance Canaly for his retaining stable of Dessie Hughes.
Prominent from the outset, Cooper had the former three time hurdles winner jumping superbly, and after racing in second at halfway he was sent to join the leader two from home. He led narrowly approaching the last, and under a quite outstanding drive from the saddle, kept on well under maximum pressure to hold on well near the finish for a game half length win, from Paul Townend on Terminal.
Cooper can look forward to one of the busiest and most lucrative weeks of the year next week with the traditional Leopardstown and Limerick four-day Christmas meetings, where his valuable services will be readily required by a host of owners and trainers.
At the same meeting Rathkeale conditional riding sensation and 5 pound claiming rider Mark Enright, won the 2ml 5f handicap chase on 11/1 chance Robertstown Rover, for Galway trainer Matty McDonagh.
Clear five out, he gave his mount a breather on the approach to the straight, and racing clear again, won with consummate ease by 12 lengths from Lascalahall.