TRALEE jockey Bryan Cooper was seen to distinct advantage at Galway races last Wednesday evening where he won the feature event, The Guinness Handicap chase, over 2ml1f, value to the winner €17,000, on Fosters Cross, for Kilkenny trainer Tom Mullins.
The well supported 11/4 favourite from 4/1, was confidently settled in third early on, and five out his superb jumping took him to the front, as Cooper always seemed to have a double handful. Racing in the dip with two to jump, he was been pressed for the lead by Darenjan, but Cooper had wisely kept some extra petrol in the tank, and regaining his advantage clearly ascerted in the final furlong to win going away by almost five lengths.
Mullins was impressed, declaring: ''Bryan gave him a lovely confident drive, that was a lovely pot to get. He jumped well there, and we may have a go at the Kerry National next week in Listowel."
Meanwhile, Cooper was also in winning form the day before, Tuesday, at Galway when the Tralee man steered the versatile mare Missunited to win her third race in a forthnight, for Mallow trainer Mick Winters.
Competing in the 2ml 2f novice hurdle she made every yard of the running, and although not fluent at the fourth, she travelling ominously well before extending her advantage and finally going away in the style of a well above average 5-year old to score easily by almost four lengths.