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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Trio to share Gigginstown rides after injury blow

Eddie O'Leary of Gigginstown House Stud. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Eddie O'Leary of Gigginstown House Stud. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Johnny Ward

Three riders will share the bulk of Bryan Cooper's missed mounts for Gigginstown over the next month and a half or so.

Turf Club senior medical officer Adrian McGoldrick envisages a six-to-eight-week absence for the Kerry native after he fractured his pelvis.

Cooper was riding Arkwrisht at Punchestown on Saturday when that steed made a bad mistake in the first race.

"His surgeon, Paddy Kenny, viewed Bryan's scans on Saturday evening; his team reviewed him again prior to discharge. He's in good form," McGoldrick said.

"It a rare injury. The horse came right down on his pelvis."

Deserves

Eddie O'Leary, racing manager for Gigginstown, said: "He walked to he ambulance and hopefully it won't be too bad. You get runs like Bryan has had - the best of them, Ruby Walsh for example, could tell you that - and he deserves a clear run.

"We'll use the best available between David Mullins, Jack Kennedy and Davy Russell."

Cooper said: "I felt sore, but I didn't think it was much more than that when I walked into the ambulance.

"I didn't feel that bad at the time, and I thought it was just a bang on a leg that I had broken before, and on my lower back.

"But the doctors at the course were keen to send me for an X-ray - so well done to them - and it was not a nice thing to find out that I had actually fractured my pelvis.

"I will know more on Friday; hopefully I will be able to start my rehab straight afterwards," he stated in his blog.

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