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Sunday 20 August 2017

Cooper aiming for guitar solo

Jockey will go up against Gigginstown in comeback

Bryan Cooper and Bog Warrior. Picture: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
Bryan Cooper and Bog Warrior. Picture: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

Bryan Cooper will begin a new chapter of his career at Limerick tomorrow afternoon when the 21-year-old returns to race-riding for the first time after a near career-ending leg break he sustained at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Cooper was in January appointed as Gigginstown House Stud's retained rider but less than two months into the job he suffered a fall from Clarcam in the Fred Winter Hurdle that left him sidelined for almost seven months.

Ironically, Cooper will make his return for his old boss Dessie Hughes when he renews his association with Grade One winner Guitar Pete, while the aforementioned Clarcam is one of his four rivals and two in the field owned by his boss Michael O'Leary and Gigginstown.

Both the Gigginstown runners Clarcam and The Plan Man will be ridden by claiming riders and Aintree winner Guitar Pete will have the services of Cooper.

Ruby Walsh is himself just back from injury and he will have just two rides at Limerick as he bids to extend his 100 per cent record since returning.

Walsh is three winners from just three rides since his comeback on Indevan last Sunday and tomorrow he will partner Sir Harry Cash for Eric McNamara in the 2m6f handicap hurdle and Bose Ikard for Noel Meade who looks to have every chance in the Munster National.

Meanwhile, jockey Tony McCoy is hoping to be back racing early next week having been forced to stand himself down from his rides at Newton Abbot yesterday following a horrible fall at Worcester on Thursday.

McCoy was in attendance at Newton Abbot yesterday, however, as the track unveiled a bronze of the champion jockey in recognition of him riding his 4,000th winner at the track. However, he revealed via Twitter; "Feeling fairly sore this morning after my fall yesterday, won't be back riding until after the weekend.....he (Keep Presenting. who fell at Worcester) got me good!!"

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