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 2020/202127820432016€203,100€388,330€591,430
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
Fairyhouse 05/04/21 Jammy George HcpHdl 2m 6f 6 10-10 121 Fairyhouse Steel H'cap H'dle €420
Fairyhouse 05/04/21 Castlegrace Paddy Ch 2m 4f 2 11-10 150 Devenish S'chase (Grade 2) Grade 2 €16,000
Fairyhouse 05/04/21 Coventry Hdl 2m 5 11-2 Rathbarry & Glenview Studs Juvenile Hdle (Grade 2) Grade 2 €1,050
Fairyhouse 05/04/21 Latest Exhibition HcpCh 3m 5f 50yds 4 11-10 153 BoyleSports Irish Grand National S'chase (Grade A) Grade A €20,000
Fairyhouse 04/04/21 Harrie (FR) HcpCh 2m 150yds 5 11-6 135 BoyleSports Novice H'cap S'chase (Grade B) Grade B €1,200
Fairyhouse 04/04/21 Power Of Pause NovHdl 2m 4f b.d. 11-7 136 Colm Quinn BMW Novice H'dle (Grade 2) Grade 2
Fairyhouse 04/04/21 Royal Illusion NovHdl 2m 4f fell 11-9 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (M) Novice Hdle (Grade 1) Grade 1
Fairyhouse 04/04/21 Franco De Port (FR) NovCh 2m 4f 2 11-12 154 The Underwriting Exchange Novice S'chase (Grade 1) Grade 1 €16,000
Fairyhouse 04/04/21 Archies Charm (GB) HcpHdl 2m 4f 14 11-3 116 Cawley Furniture Novice H'cap H'dle
Fairyhouse 03/04/21 Mighty Tom HcpHdl 2m 5 10-6 123 Rybo H'cap H'dle (Grade A) Grade A €2,400
Fairyhouse 03/04/21 Big Shanghai MdnHdl 2m 4f 13 12-0 M'dn H'dle
Clonmel 23/03/21 Amlad HcpHdl 2m 2 11-8 88 Extra Places On BoyleSports App Hcap Hdl €2,000
Navan 22/03/21 Coventry MdnHdl 2m 1 11-9 Boyne Valley Maiden Hurdle (Div 2) €7,200
Navan 22/03/21 Glens Finale MdnHdl 2m 4f 9 12-0 Simonstown Maiden Hurdle
Limerick 14/03/21 Lady Breffni NovHdl 2m 6f 4 11-1 129 Kerry Group EBF ShannonSpray (M) Nov Hdl Grade 3 €1,525
Limerick 14/03/21 Mercury Lane MdnHdl 3m 1 12-0 125 Fedamore M'dn H'dle €7,200
Navan 13/03/21 Castlegrace Paddy Ch 2m 2 11-12 152 Webster Cup S'chase (Grade 2) Grade 2 €7,000
Gowran Park 12/03/21 Dunvegan (FR) HcpCh 2m 2f 3 11-8 138 Holden Plant Rentals Shamrock H'cap S'ch (Grade B) Grade B €4,000
Thurles 11/03/21 Still Alive (GB) HcpHdl 2m 42yds 8 10-13 80 Killinan H'cap H'dle
Wexford 10/03/21 Tucanae HcpHdl 2m fell 11-1 120 Micheal O'Murchadha Memorial H'cap H'dle

*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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