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 2022/202320926233321€291,900€276,810€568,710
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
Naas 12/03/23 Flanking Maneuver NovCh 2m 4f 3 11-0 Bar One Racing Directors Plate Nov. S'ch (Grade 3) Grade 3 €2,850
Naas 12/03/23 Farceur Du Large (FR) HcpCh 3m 126yds u.r. 11-4 135 Bar One Racing Leinster National Hcp Sch (Grade A) Grade A
Leopardstown 06/03/23 Wa Wa HcpHdl 3m 1 11-5 100 Rockbrook H'cap H'dle €6,600
Punchestown 22/02/23 Faulty (GB) MdnHdl 2m 4f 100yds s.u. 11-4 I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF M'dn H'dle
Punchestown 19/02/23 Barbary Master (GB) HcpHdl 2m 7f 115yds 5 10-12 116 David Trundley Artist H'cap H'dle €480
Gowran Park 18/02/23 Zanndabad MdnHdl 2m 5 11-7 Sea Moon & Jukebox At Burgage M'dn H'dle €375
Navan 12/02/23 Flanking Maneuver NovCh 3m 3 11-3 William Hill Ten Up Novice S'chase (Grade 2) Grade 2 €3,650
Navan 12/02/23 Beacon Edge Hdl 2m 5f 3 11-3 145 William Hill Boyne H'dle (Grade 2) Grade 2 €3,650
Navan 12/02/23 Faulty (GB) MdnHdl 2m 3 11-12 Navan Ford & Opel M'dn H'dle (Div 1) €1,250
Navan 12/02/23 Wa Wa HcpHdl 2m 6f 100yds 1 11-4 92 Meath Farm Machinery H'cap H'dle €6,600
Thurles 09/02/23 Razdan MdnHdl 1m 7f 132yds 7 11-12 M'dn H'dle
Thurles 09/02/23 Calazure MdnHdl 2m 6f 182yds 13 11-4 M'dn H'dle
Fairyhouse 08/02/23 Paradise Lost MdnHdl 2m 2 11-7 Bulmers Bundle For Easter M'dn H'dle €2,000
Leopardstown 05/02/23 Dunvegan (FR) Ch 2m 1f 4 11-12 158 Ladbrokes Dublin S'chase (Grade 1) Grade 1 €7,500
Leopardstown 05/02/23 Farceur Du Large (FR) HcpCh 2m 5f 44yds 13 11-0 136 Bulmers Leopardstown H'cap S'chase (Grade A) Grade A
Leopardstown 05/02/23 Sainte Dona (FR) HcpHdl 2m 1f 150yds 15 10-11 117 ISF EBF Paddy Mullins (Mares) H'cap Hdle (Grade B) Grade B
Leopardstown 04/02/23 Cool Survivor NovHdl 2m 6f 27yds 4 11-10 136 Nathaniel Lacy Solicitors Novice H'dle (Grade 1) Grade 1 €7,500
Punchestown 30/01/23 Bint Freya HcpHdl 2m 4f 70yds 3 11-7 88 The Bar One Racing Mobile App H'cap Hdle €1,050
Punchestown 30/01/23 Resilient Front MdnHdl 2m 20 11-12 Bar One Racing Best Odds M'dn H'dle
Naas 29/01/23 Thedevilscoachman NovCh 3m 170yds 1 11-0 Finlay Ford At Naas Novice S'chase (Grade 3) Grade 3 €18,000

*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).