Bryan Cooper

Date of Birth: August 7, 1992

County of origin: Kerry

First winner: Rossdara (Tom Cooper) Clonmel, 29 Oct, 2009

Significant horses: Don Cossack, Road To Riches, Don Poli, Our Connor, Latest Exhibition, Franco De Port, Beneficient, Roi Du Mee, Trifolium, Valseur Lido, Clarcam, Petite Parisienne, No More Heroes, Outlander, Apple's Jade, Road To Respect, Mrs Milner, Quamino. 

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From Tralee, County Kerry, Bryan Cooper began his career as an apprentice on the Flat and was based on the Curragh with Kevin Prendergast. However, he only rode one winner on the Flat and that was Dusty Trail for trainer Eoin Doyle at Tramore in August, 2010. He had already ridden 15 National Hunt winners by then.

He claimed the title of Champion Conditional Rider in 2010/11 but his career really took off when he rode three winners at the Cheltenham Festival in 2013. He was hired as the retained rider to Gigginstown House Stud in January of the following year. Cooper suffered a broken leg in a fall from Clarcam in the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival only months later and he spent seven months on the side lines.

Cheltenham was kinder to him the following year where he partnered the Willie Mullins-trained Don Poli to success in the RSA Chase. But he scaled new heights at the Festival in 2016 where he enjoyed his biggest success to date when taking the Timico Gold Cup on the Gordon Elliott-trained Don Cossack. He rode two winners at the 2017 festival. Bryan lost his position as retained rider to Gigginstown House Stud on Friday, July 28, just three days before the start of the 2017 Galway festival. 

Even without the backing of Gigginstown, Bryan continued to bang in the winners and landed the Goffs Handicap Chase at the Dublin Racing Festival in February 2019 on the Paul Nolan-trained Quamino. 

He rode another Grade 1 winner when partnering Nolan's Latest Exhibition to win the Nathaniel Lacy Solicitors Novice Hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival in 2020 and added to his top-level haul when winning the Racing Post Novice Chase on the Willie Mullins-trained Franco De Port at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival the following December.

Bryan brought his Cheltenham Festival haul to nine when winning the Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle on the Paul Nolan-trained Mrs Milner in March 2021, his first Festival winner since Road To Respect in 2017. 

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
National Hunt 2022/202318323212717€260,700€240,080€500,780
National Hunt 2021/202232241423320€439,500€433,990€873,490
National Hunt 2020/202130422442419€257,100€420,830€677,930
National Hunt 2019/20201301113116€207,588€80,333€287,920
National Hunt 2018/201924118262422€215,000€227,488€442,488
National Hunt 2017/201818218242912€165,000€172,460€337,460
National Hunt 2016/201727145433718€904,138€335,063€1,239,200
National Hunt 2015/201643794895243€1,473,125€749,130€2,222,255
National Hunt 2014/201526349462730€934,510€402,240€1,336,750
National Hunt 2013/201434448473732€760,390€309,255€1,069,645
National Hunt 2012/201348961725052€725,370€395,102€1,120,472
National Hunt 2011/201242836404655€386,985€274,892€661,877
National Hunt 2010/201142537493045€341,840€235,766€577,606
National Hunt 2009/2010594254€23,100€18,900€42,000
Flat 201220010€0€640€640
Flat 2011100220€0€3,320€3,320
Flat 2010411421€6,300€8,332€14,632
Flat 2009720324€0€10,568€10,568
Flat 2008180012€0€2,125€2,125

Date From
Date To
Race Type
Venue Date Horse Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Gowran Park 26/01/23 Lieutenant Command (FR) HcpCh 3m 1f p.u. 10-13 138 Goffs Thyestes H'cap S'chase (Grade A) Grade A
Gowran Park 26/01/23 Beacon Edge Hdl 3m 100yds 4 11-3 152 John Mulhern Galmoy H'dle (Grade 2) Grade 2
Fairyhouse 25/01/23 Killer Mode BegCh 2m fell 11-12 Fairyhouse For Your Fundraiser Beg. S'ch
Thurles 22/01/23 Haut En Couleurs (FR) Ch 2m 4f 78yds fell 11-3 149 Horse & Jockey Hotel S'chase (Grade 2) Grade 2
Punchestown 16/01/23 Alphonse Le Grande MdnHdl 2m 13 11-7 15% Off Festival Tickets M'dn H'dle
Punchestown 16/01/23 Mansoline (FR) HcpHdl 3m 100yds p.u. 11-4 92 National Trial Day 19th Feb H'cap H'dle
Punchestown 15/01/23 The Model Kingdom NovHdl 2m 2 10-11 131 SkyBet Moscow Flyer Novice H'dle (Grade 2) Grade 2 €7,300
Fairyhouse 14/01/23 Highland Charge BegCh 2m 1f p.u. 11-12 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beg. S'chase
Fairyhouse 14/01/23 Paradise Lost Hdl 2m 4 11-0 Race Displays H'dle €925
Fairyhouse 14/01/23 Castlegrace Paddy HcpCh 2m 1f p.u. 10-13 145 Dan & Joan Moore Memorial H'cap S'chase (Grade A) Grade A
Naas 08/01/23 Affordale Fury NovHdl 2m 3f 212yds 6 11-10 Lawlor's Of Naas Novice H'dle (Grade 1) Grade 1 €2,000
Naas 08/01/23 Ringsend John MdnHdl 1m 7f 194yds 7 11-12 INH Stallion Owners EBF M'dn H'dle
Cork 07/01/23 Paladian Jewel BegCh 2m 4f p.u. 11-12 Quays Bar And The Stables Bar Beg. S'ch
Cork 07/01/23 Wa Wa HcpCh 2m 4f p.u. 11-7 123 Annual Membership Available H'cap Schase
Fairyhouse 01/01/23 Greatmindstinkalik HcpHdl 2m 7f 165yds 6 11-1 86 Tote+ Pays You More At Hcap Hdle €260
Fairyhouse 01/01/23 Scarlet And Dove Ch 2m 5f 30yds 1 11-3 149 John & Chich Fowler Mem. EBF (M) S'chase (Grade 3) Grade 3 €19,500
Punchestown 31/12/22 Wa Wa HcpCh 2m 7f 40yds c.o. 11-12 123 SP Or Better Guaranteed H'cap S'chase
Punchestown 31/12/22 Impero MdnHdl 2m 100yds 10 11-0 Play The Tote Exacta 3-Y-O M'dn H'dle
Punchestown 31/12/22 Jeff Kidder Hdl 2m 3f 120yds 7 11-6 145 Tote Sponsoring At Punchestown H'dle
Leopardstown 28/12/22 Beacon Edge Hdl 3m p.u. 11-10 155 Jack de Bromhead Christmas H'dle (Grade 1) Grade 1

*Statistics are up to close of business the previous day. Prize-money is allocated within 1 week of the race date (allow 1 week for Prize-money).