Published On: Fri, Jul 28th, 2017

Gold Cup winner Bryan Cooper loses place as Gigginstown retained jockey


Cooper has been plagued with damage since taking on from Davy Russell within the position of retained jockey for Gigginstown Home Stud in 2014.

His greatest wins for the workforce embody the 2016 Cheltenham Gold Cup victory aboard Don Cossack and consecutive Lexus Chase triumphs on Street to Riches and Don Poli in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

However Cooper, 24, has struggled with accidents previously couple of years, together with three layoffs in 2016 and a fractured pelvis this 12 months, that means he missed the journey on Irish Champion Hurdle winner Petit Mouchoir.

Danny Mullins and Jack Kennedy have each lately collected large prizes for Gigginstown, together with the Lexus Chase on Outlander and large discipline handicaps on A Toi Phil and Ball D’Arc.

In a press release, Gigginstown supervisor Eddie O’Leary mentioned: “Gigginstown Home Stud will function with none retained jockey for the upcoming 2017-18 Nationwide Hunt season.

“Bryan Cooper, who has been primary jockey for the previous 4 years, was suggested of this determination at a gathering with Michael O’Leary this afternoon.

“There’s been no parting firm, we’ll nonetheless be utilizing him quite a bit, he simply will not have computerized first selection as of as we speak.

“We’ll nonetheless be utilizing and supporting him, however he will not have first name on the horses, that is all.”

However O’Leary refused to call a brand new retained jockey, including: “There are plenty of good riders on the market.

“Be it Bryan or Sean Flanagan or Davy Russell or Jack Kennedy, we’ll be utilizing the very best accessible.”

Cooper was set to have first selection on rides subsequent week on the prestigious Galway Competition, however his rides for the assembly at the moment are unclear.


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