TRALEE jockey Bryan Cooper was in brilliant double winning form at Thurles races on Thursday last, where he scored his first ever winning ride - the only time he has ridden him - on his father Tom's high class Forpadytheplasterer, in the 3ml Glen chase, for the Goat Racing Syndicate. Bryan completed a superb double on Whiskey and Red, in the 2ml 6f handicap chase.
Having competed in the very best of company since his brilliant win in the 2009 Irish Independent Arkle chase at Cheltenham, it is hard to believe that Forpadytheplasterer has been without a win since, but that all changed at Thurles where he was hugely impressive in scoring by 5 1/2 lengths from Snooze, having been well supported from 7/2 to 3/1 beforehand to do so.
Bryan was confidence personified on the talented 10-year old, which jumped superbly, and racing to the third last, Bryan only had to let out an inch of rein to completely outclass the opposition.
Tom spoke to The Kerryman afterwards explaining ''he was all wrong at the Paddy Power at Cheltenham recently, and today's race looked ideal. But hree miles on that very heavy ground was a real worry, so I am so pleased that he was able to get through it. His pure class prevailed. He will probably run over the Christmas, and I will prepare him then for the Aintree Grand National, which has been the plan for some time."
Bryan went on to score his 40th win of a hugely impressive season on Whiskey and Red, which scored a most impressive five-length win in the 2ml 6f handicap chase, for Wexford trainer Colin Bowe.
At the big Fairyhouse meeting on Sunday, Bryan continued his tremendous strike rate and winning run on the hot favourite Our Conor, in the valuable €27,500 Grade 3 juvenile hurdle, for his retaining stable of Dessie Hughes.