Thursday 14 December 2017

WATCH - Injured jockey Bryan Cooper puts Matt Chapman in his place with hilarious retort

Bryan Cooper got the better of Matt Chapman today
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Popular Irish jockey Bryan Cooper had a cheeky dig at TV presenter on AtTheRaces today.

He will see a specialist on Friday after fracturing his pelvis after he was unseated while riding Arkwrisht in a Beginner's Chase at Punchestown last Saturday but is expected to face up to eight weeks on the sidelines.

He discussed the injury with Chapman today and was also put on the spot because of his decision to ride Valseur Lido in last week's Lexus Chase.

As Gigginstown House Stud's retained jockey, Cooper could have ridden the winner Outlander (the winner) or Don Poli (the runner-up).

Champman, who started working with ITV on New Year's Day, mocked Cooper, saying: "What a terrible decision to make."

Cooper quickly hit back: "We all make bad decisions I suppose... like you going for ITV."

With giggling reverberating around the studio, Chapman responded: "Oh that's like a dagger in the heart. Do you not think I'm getting enough abuse as it is?"

The first programme of a new era for terrestrial coverage of horse racing on ITV resulted in positive viewing figures.

Ed Chamberlin led the broadcast from the winner's enclosure at Cheltenham on New Year's Day, alongside Sir Anthony McCoy and Luke Harvey, with the average viewing figure being 676,000. Figures peaked at 831,000, ITV confirmed

Chapman featured in the betting ring and others involved included Mick Fitzgerald, Alice Plunkett and Olympic cyclist Victoria Pendleton, whose 'switching saddles' challenge last year saw her ride at the Cheltenham Festival.

The first show after 32 years of Channel 4 coverage received generally upbeat reviews, with Chamberlin, who has moved from Sky Sports, where he fronted the popular Monday Night Football series, saying he "absolutely loved it" despite the pouring rain at the home of National Hunt racing.

He added: "That's proper National Hunt weather and that's what it's all about. We promised to bring people to the heart of the action."

Coverage moves to ITV4 from this weekend at Sandown and Wincanton, where it will stay until the Cheltenham Festival.

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