Tuesday 17 October 2017

Cooper to take Clonmel feature

Bryan Cooper rides Outlander in the Grade Two Clonmel Oil Steeplechase at Clonmel. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Bryan Cooper rides Outlander in the Grade Two Clonmel Oil Steeplechase at Clonmel. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Johnny Ward

Bryan Cooper can make his second day back riding a winning one by taking the feature on Clonmel's big day.

Cooper, who made a triumphant return yesterday at Fairyhouse, rides Outlander in the Grade Two Clonmel Oil Steeplechase, which has a purse of €50,000. On his first start for Gordon Elliott, the Stowaway-bred ran a pleasing race at Down Royal when chasing home Sub Lieutenant, also in the Gigginstown colours.

One particularly sloppy jump did not help his chance but he stayed at it all the way to the line. Though he is not well-treated in theory relative to Alelchi Inois, there is probably not much to choose between them and the selection is a more reliable jumper than Monksland.

Westerner Lady will be short odds in the Grade Three EBF TA Morris Memorial Mares' Chase. Rock On The Moor is making her chase debut in a really difficult race but her hurdling form is strong and Westerner Lady's jumping was not all that fluent at Cork.

Both Davy Russell (ban) and Jack Kennedy (injury) return today. Clonmel was the scene of Russell's meltdown in front of the stewards, which earned a 17-day suspension.

Thus, he may take particular satisfaction if steering Veinard to victory in the first of the handicap hurdles, Blackthorn Prince taken to complete the four-timer in the second.

Berry Des Aulmes should take the opener for Cooper, while the well-treated Hard Bought is well-handicapped and napped in the handicap chase.

The finale will be finished by 4pm, reflecting the nights closing in. Vigil, a high-class dual-code type, should not come off the bridle for Dermot Weld and Barry Geraghty.

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