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 2021/2022213112€18,600€10,990€29,590
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
Punchestown 29/05/21 Contingency (GB) Ch 2m 4f fell 10-13 131 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (M) S'chase
Punchestown 29/05/21 General Counsel MdnHdl 2m 100yds 6 12-0 Ladbrokes Home Of The Odds Boost Mdn Hdl (Div 2) €240
Limerick 27/05/21 Saga Aravis (FR) HcpHdl 2m 3f 8 11-9 90 Foynes H'cap H'dle (Div 2)
Limerick 27/05/21 Glen Robin HcpHdl 2m 3f 1 11-8 89 Foynes H'cap H'dle (Div 1) €6,000
Ballinrobe 25/05/21 Dounikos (FR) HcpCh 2m 7f p.u. 10-12 127 McHale Mayo National H'cap S'chase (Grade B) Grade B
Ballinrobe 25/05/21 Smokey The Bandit MdnHdl 2m 6f 5 11-6 McHale Fusion Range M'dn H'dle €300
Ballinrobe 24/05/21 Klassy Kay HcpHdl 2m 2f 50yds 5 10-10 107 Monroes John Monroe Memorial (M) Hcp Hdl €630
Downpatrick 21/05/21 Longacre Square HcpHdl 2m 2f 165yds 1 12-0 105 Christine Henderson Is Sixty H'cap H'dle €6,600
Downpatrick 21/05/21 Hell On Earth HcpCh 2m 7f 110yds 6 11-7 101 Toals Bookmakers H'cap S'chase €220
Tipperary 20/05/21 Definiteadare HcpHdl 3m 2 11-10 98 Tipperary Races On Twitter H'cap H'dle (Div 1) €2,000
Wexford 16/05/21 Datsdacraic HcpHdl 2m 1f 8 11-9 88 Neville Hotels H'cap H'dle (Div 1)
Kilbeggan 14/05/21 Imperial Sachin's MdnHdl 2m 3f 61yds 1 11-6 Irish Farmers Journal M'dn H'dle (Div 1) €6,000
Killarney 10/05/21 Dounikos (FR) HcpCh 3m 2f 4 11-1 130 GMHD Killarney National H'cap S'chase €2,500
Killarney 10/05/21 Miss Momentum MdnHdl 2m 6f 50yds p.u. 11-1 Ring Of Kerry (Mares) M'dn H'dle
Killarney 10/05/21 Jammy George HcpHdl 2m 6f 50yds 8 11-1 120 Easy Clean Limited H'cap H'dle
Killarney 09/05/21 Helios D'aubrelle (FR) MdnHdl 2m 1f 9 11-4 Follow Killarney Races On Insta Mdn Hdle
Killarney 09/05/21 Mighty Tom HcpHdl 2m 1f 3 10-11 123 Kelly Farm Modernisation Ltd H'cap H'dle (Grade B) Grade B €4,000
Cork 08/05/21 General Counsel MdnHdl 3m 50yds 4 12-0 Fermoy M'dn H'dle €600
Downpatrick 07/05/21 O Connell Street MdnHdl 2m 5f 180yds 5 12-0 108 Molson Coors M'dn H'dle €300
Downpatrick 07/05/21 Our Friend HcpCh 2m 7f 110yds u.r. 11-11 98 Molson Coors H'cap S'chase

*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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