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. 

Follow Bryan on Twitter: @92bryan92

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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 2022/2023243173€29,100€12,725€41,825
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
Roscommon 04/07/22 Getaway Milani HcpHdl 2m 7f 179yds 4 11-13 94 Roscommon Herald H'cap H'dle €525
Bellewstown 02/07/22 Too Bright HcpHdl 2m 188yds 7 10-6 118 Bar One Racing 'Bellewstown' H'cap H'dle
Bellewstown 02/07/22 Female Approach NovHdl 2m 188yds 3 10-7 Bar One Racing Quick Deposit Nov. H'dle €1,200
Tipperary 30/06/22 Poets Cottage MdnHdl 2m u.r. 10-12 Junction 3-Y-O M'dn H'dle
Tipperary 30/06/22 Ocojohn HcpHdl 3m 11 12-0 95 Follow H'cap H'dle
Kilbeggan 05/06/22 Whatsstoppingyou HcpHdl 3m 95yds 3 11-9 87 Follow Kilbeggan On Twitter H'cap H'dle €1,000
Tramore 03/06/22 Ocojohn HcpHdl 2m 5f 30yds 3 11-13 94 Visit Dunmore East H'cap H'dle €1,050
Punchestown 29/05/22 Northern Edge MdnHdl 2m 3f 130yds 10 11-12 Ladbrokes Best Odds Guaranteed M'dn H'dl
Punchestown 28/05/22 Tudor City HcpHdl 2m 50yds 1 11-11 128 Ladbrokes Committed To Safer H'cap H'dle €9,600
Punchestown 28/05/22 Luke Short (GB) MdnHdl 2m 50yds 3 11-12 111 Get Your Ladbrokes Daily Odds M'dn H'dle (Div 2) €1,200
Punchestown 28/05/22 Embittered HcpCh 2m 3 10-12 139 Ladbrokes We Play Together H'cap S'chase €2,300
Limerick 26/05/22 Getaway Milani HcpHdl 2m 3f 4 12-0 95 SP Or Better Guaranteed H'cap H'dle (Div 2) €525
Punchestown 24/05/22 Unanswered (GB) HcpHdl 2m 115yds 1 11-8 89 Bar One Racing €50 Free Bet H'cap H'dle (Div 1) €6,300
Punchestown 24/05/22 Appian Way (FR) HcpHdl 3m 4 11-6 86 Bar One Racing Bet In-Play H'cap H'dle (Div 1) €525
Punchestown 24/05/22 Sekifi MdnHdl 2m 115yds 11 11-6 Bar One Racing Bet On Mobile M'dn H'dle
Punchestown 24/05/22 Whatsstoppingyou HcpHdl 3m 3 11-6 87 Bar One Racing Bet In-Play H'cap H'dle (Div 2) €1,050
Tipperary 19/05/22 Lucailem HcpHdl 3m 3 11-11 99 Tipperary Races On Twitter H'cap H'dle €1,050
Tipperary 19/05/22 Callthebarman HcpHdl 2m 4f 90yds 7 10-13 109 Junction H'cap H'dle
Tipperary 19/05/22 Ocojohn HcpHdl 2m 11 11-8 96 Follow Us On Facebook H'cap H'dle
Killarney 16/05/22 Happy Jacky HcpHdl 2m 6f 50yds 1 11-5 129 Beaufort Golf Club H'cap H'dle €13,200

*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).

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