Sport Horse Racing

Tuesday 12 December 2017

Bryan Cooper back in the winner's enclosure

Bryan Cooper
Bryan Cooper

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Jockey Bryan Cooper claimed a first victory since his return from a four-month enforced absence when Captain Arceus was victorious at Galway.

Cooper only made his comeback last Friday after he suffered a broken leg at Down Royal on May 6. The Tralee native was back in the groove on just his third ride back when Captain Arceus, trained by Dessie Hughes, justified 13/8 favouritism in the conditions hurdle.

"The pressure is off now," said a clearly delighted Cooper. "He was half off the bridle early on as they went a proper gallop. Coming down the hill he really locked on to it and I probably got there a bit sooner than I wanted to. He loves that ground. He's going chasing now and will be a nice prospect."

Your Busy repelled all challengers to capture the Ryans Cleaning Chase in the hands of David Casey. The 2/1 second favourite was always prominent with market rival Sin Palo in the conditions event, but saw him off after jumping the last before holding the late run of Schelm by three-parts of a length.

The opening maiden hurdle saw a gutsy victory for Kieran Purcell's Run For Firth.

Brian O'Connell gave the 6/1 shot a well-judged front-running ride to see off favourite Donatis Comet which threw down a strong challenge up the straight, but couldn't get past his determined rival.

Paul Townend was at his best as Bridgequarter Girl claimed the Galway City Publicans Handicap Hurdle for John Kiely.

The Black Russian made a bold bid from the front, but he had to give way to Townend's mount which quickened smartly to win by two lengths.

The biggest prize on the card was the Guinness Handicap Chase, which saw a local success in the shape of John Monroe's Muzak. Fosters Cross cut out the running in the two-mile, one-furlong event with Muzak and Boxer Beat giving chase and the rest of the field settling off the pace. Robbie Dunne sent Muzak to the front at the second last and the 10-year-old stayed on doggedly to hold off Boxer Beat by a length and three-quarters.

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