Cooper takes up rid­ing role for English owner

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - SPORT - BY STEPHEN FERNANE

TRALEE jockey Bryan Cooper is to be the first-choice rider for owner Alan Potts’ horses in Bri­tain where he starts with two rides at Lud­low to­day (Wednesday) and at Chep­stow on Saturday when he will part­ner ex­cit­ing prospect Finian’s Os­car for trainer Colin Tiz­zard.

The 2015 Gold Cup-win­ning jockey lost his job as re­tained rider for Gig­gin­stown House Stud in July when Michael O’Leary an­nounced there would no longer be a num­ber one rider at Gig­gin­stown, opt­ing in­stead for a ‘who­ever is avail­able’ pol­icy.

In an ironic twist Cop­per rode a Gig­gin­stown win­ner the day be­fore his UK ap­point­ment when strik­ing at Gal­way yes­ter­day (Tues­day) aboard 14/1 shot Calino D’airy in the 4:35 for trainer Henry de Brom­head.

Cooper re­cently rode a dou­ble for his father when the Tom Cooper trained Croc­o­dile Dundee won at Tip­per­ary ear­lier this month, which fol­lows on from the horse’s win at Lis­towel in Septem­ber.

Potts owns 2016 Gold Cup win­ner Siz­ing John but it is un­der­stood jockey Rob­bie Power – who had been trav­el­ling to Bri­tain to ride Potts’ horses – will re­tain the part­ner­ship with the horse.

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