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Cooper gets tricky choices right


RETAINED rider to Michael O'Leary's Gigginstown House Stud is one of the top jobs in horse racing.

You get to ride a whole host of top horses and work with the best trainers in Ireland, but it does have one downfall – too much choice at times.

Now that is hardly a major thing, but it does bring with it pressure when Bryan Cooper  has two or three to choose from in the one race. Sometimes, the choices can be almost down to a toss of a coin, with little between two of the runners, but at declaration time on Friday morning few were surprised to see Cooper riding Mozoltov in the Arkle. However, by the close of declarations, it was changed and Paul Townend was on Mozoltov as Cooper opted for Trifolium.



Everyone bar Charles Byrnes seemed to be surprised by the choice, but, fair play to the 21-year-old, he got it spot on despite the market saying otherwise.

One of his first choices in the job was whether or not to ride Toner D'oudairies or Make A Track in a listed race at Thurles and again, while the market told us otherwise, Cooper ended up being on the right one.

He won't always get it right, but it has certainly been a fantastic start for Cooper and fair play to him.