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 2021/202223536252314€352,800€206,545€559,345
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

Venue
Date From
Date To
Horse
Race Type
Distance
Place
Weight
Rating
Pattern/Listed
Venue Date Horse Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Punchestown 16/01/22 Farrawaybay HcpHdl 2m 4f 200yds u.r. 11-6 106 Punchestown Gift Vouchers (M) H'cap Hdle
Fairyhouse 15/01/22 Explosive Boy (FR) BegCh 2m 5 12-0 Supporting Local Business Beg S'chase
Fairyhouse 09/01/22 Dunvegan (FR) HcpCh 2m 1f 1 11-0 146 Dan & Joan Moore Memorial H'cap S'chase (Grade A) Grade A €48,000
Fairyhouse 09/01/22 Black Sirius (FR) Hdl 2m 5 11-5 Fairyhouse January Jumps H'dle €555
Cork 08/01/22 Sil Ver Klass (FR) HcpCh 2m 4f 8 10-10 112 GAIN H'cap S'chase
Cork 08/01/22 Dancing Jeremy BegCh 2m 4f 1 12-0 102 AIB Merchant Services Beginners S'chase €7,800
Cork 08/01/22 Kilmacurkin MdnHdl 3m 6 12-0 Happy New Year From All At Cork Mdn Hdle €240
Fairyhouse 01/01/22 Nathaniel's Dream (GB) HcpHdl 3m 110yds 4 11-1 95 Tote+ Pays You More At Tote.ie Hcap Hdle (Div 1) €625
Fairyhouse 01/01/22 Mercury Lane BegCh 2m 5f 110yds 8 12-0 Happy New Year From Tote.ie Beg. S'chase
Fairyhouse 01/01/22 Scarlet And Dove Ch 2m 5f 110yds 3 11-7 146 John & Chich Fowler Mem. EBF (M) S'chase (Grade 3) Grade 3 €3,250
Leopardstown 29/12/21 Farrawaybay HcpHdl 2m 4f 6 10-4 106 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice Hcap Hdl €500
Leopardstown 29/12/21 Felix Desjy (FR) Hdl 2m 5 11-12 149 Matheson H'dle (Grade 1) Grade 1 €4,500
Leopardstown 29/12/21 Dysart Diamond Hdl 2m 4f 7 11-4 141 Advent Surety Irish EBF (Mares) H'dle (Grade 3) Grade 3
Leopardstown 28/12/21 Heia (FR) MdnHdl 2m 4f 4 11-2 Savills M'dn H'dle €750
Leopardstown 28/12/21 Samcro Ch 3m 8 11-12 155 Savills S'chase (Grade 1) Grade 1
Leopardstown 28/12/21 Commander Of Fleet Hdl 3m p.u. 11-12 152 Dornan Engineering Christmas H'dle (Grade 1) Grade 1
Leopardstown 28/12/21 Explosive Boy (FR) HcpHdl 2m 4f 22 11-8 109 The lrish Daily Star Christmas Hcap Hdle
Leopardstown 28/12/21 Opposites Attract BegCh 2m 5f p.u. 12-0 134 Ballymaloe Relish Beginners S'chase
Leopardstown 28/12/21 Coventry HcpHdl 3m 17 10-4 124 Pertemps Network H'cap H'dle (Qualifier)
Limerick 27/12/21 Eric Bloodaxe NovHdl 2m 7f 1 11-5 Lyons Of Limerick Jaguar Novice H'dle (Grade 2) Grade 2 €21,000
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*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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