Robbie Power on Woodland Opera jumps past Bryan Cooper at the lastPICTURE: Alain Barr (racingpost.com/photos)
Power celebrates winner after Cooper lifeline
ON SATURDAY at Gowran Park Bryan Cooper saved Robbie Power from a potentially nasty injury. At Navan on Sunday Power repaid the favour by sweeping past Cooper after the last to land the maiden hurdle on Woodland Opera.
Power was riding Neverushacon for Woodland Opera's trainer Jessica Harrington in novice hurdle at Gowran Park when he was brought down following the fall of the Cooper-ridden Gunnery Sergeant.
Power was lucky to escape a serious injury as he was unseated only for his foot to get caught.
He had Cooper's quick thinking, which earned Gigginstown's number one plenty of praise on social media, to thank as the rider grabbed the four-year-old to stop him running loose, and dragging Power on an unwelcome tour of Gowran Park.
Power (black silks) is saved by Cooper's (maroon) quick thinkingPICTURE: attheraces.com
Reflecting on the incident, Power said: "It's amazing how quickly you react when you're in trouble. I knew I was stuck and I got a hold of the reins and was able to pull the horse back towards Bryan. Fair play to him, he reacted very quickly.
"The strap on the leather wrapped around my ankle and that's what caught me. It's one of those freak accidents, hopefully it never happens again and luckily a disaster was avoided. I live to tell the tale of it."
Navan's maiden hurdle winners since 2005
Woodland Opera, sent off an 11-4 shot, came home well from Coney Island and Potter's Point, ridden by Cooper, to join a host of high-class horses on the race's roll of honour.
"That was super," said Harrington. "He jumped like I thought he would and I'm excited about him. He should come on a good bit for that and he'll go for a Grade 1 at Leopardstown over Christmas. He's a chaser and anything he does this year over hurdles is a bonus."