Monday 25 September 2017

Bryan Cooper suffers broken leg following horror fall

Cooper, who is retained rider for powerful Irish owners Gigginstown House Stud, fell two out aboard the Gordon Elliott-trained Clarcam in the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle.
Cooper, who is retained rider for powerful Irish owners Gigginstown House Stud, fell two out aboard the Gordon Elliott-trained Clarcam in the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle.

Jockey Bryan Cooper suffered a broken leg in a crashing fall at Cheltenham today.

Cooper, who is retained rider for powerful Irish owners Gigginstown House Stud, fell two out aboard the Gordon Elliott-trained Clarcam in the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle.

The highly-rated jockey had been due to partner Last Instalment in the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday.

Gigginstown racing manager Eddie O'Leary said: "He's broken two bones in one of his legs."

Cooper only returned to action in September after he suffered a similar following a fall at Down Royal in May.

The 21-year-old jockey shot to prominence last season when he secured three winners at the Cheltenham Festival.

He then added two further Grade One triumphs a month later at Aintree.

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