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 2022/2023831212148€114,000€112,285€226,285
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

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
Listowel 21/09/22 Hope Des Blins (FR) NovCh 2m 4f fell 11-0 Ballygarry Estate (Mares) Novice S'chase
Listowel 21/09/22 Flaming Moon NovHdl 2m 2 11-7 122 Seamus Mulvaney Bookmaker Novice H'dle €3,600
Listowel 21/09/22 Arabian King (GB) HcpHdl 3m 9 11-0 118 Devon Inn Hotel H'cap H'dle
Listowel 21/09/22 Fire Attack HcpCh 3m fell 10-7 144 Guinness Kerry National H'cap S'chase (Grade A) Grade A
Listowel 19/09/22 Lunar Power HcpHdl 2m 3 10-13 129 Liam Healy Memorial Lartigue H'dle(Hcap) (Grade B) Grade B €6,000
Listowel 18/09/22 Female Approach HcpHdl 2m 4f 12 11-4 102 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (M) H'cap H'dle
Listowel 18/09/22 Delante Hdl 2m 4f 4 11-4 Kerry Group Irish EBF (Mares) H'dle €975
Navan 17/09/22 Royal Romeo MdnHdl 2m 4f 1 11-12 Bar One Racing Bet On Mobile M'dn H'dle €7,500
Navan 17/09/22 Resilient Front MdnHdl 1m 7f 170yds 8 11-10 Bar One Racing Bet In-Play Mdn Hdle (Div 1)
Navan 17/09/22 No Thanks (GB) HcpHdl 2m 5f 150yds fell 11-12 100 NavanRacecourse.ie Hcap Hdle
Downpatrick 16/09/22 Callthebarman HcpHdl 2m 2f 165yds p.u. 11-9 104 C R H'cap H'dle
Sligo 14/09/22 Hope Des Blins (FR) BegCh 2m 1f 55yds 3 11-7 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Mares) Beg.Sch €1,400
Sligo 14/09/22 Father Jed HcpCh 2m 5f 47yds 4 11-12 100 Owenmore H'cap S'chase €500
Sligo 14/09/22 The Dara Man HcpCh 2m 1f 55yds p.u. 11-11 129 Frank O'Beirne H'cap S'chase
Galway 05/09/22 Father Jed HcpCh 2m 6f 111yds 7 11-0 102 Kenny Developments H'cap S'chase
Galway 05/09/22 Happy Jacky Hdl 2m 5f 87yds 2 11-3 137 Deacy Gilligan H'dle €3,500
Galway 05/09/22 Royal Romeo MdnHdl 2m 130yds 2 11-12 Kenny Developments M'dn H'dle €2,600
Galway 05/09/22 Appian Way (FR) HcpHdl 2m 6f 110yds 5 11-3 84 The Galway H'cap H'dle (Div 2) €300
Galway 05/09/22 Elusive Rebeldom HcpHdl 2m 130yds 9 11-3 97 angloprinters.ie H'cap H'dle
Down Royal 26/08/22 Ronald Pump (GB) Hdl 3m 3 11-0 150 Linden Foods H'dle €1,550
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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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