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Bryan Cooper celebrates winning the Champion Chase on Roi Du Mee Down Royal Pic: Patrick McCann 02.11.2013

Bryan Cooper: appointed as Gigginstown's retained jockey

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Cooper bags top job as Gigginstown's rider

MICHAEL O'LEARY has confirmed the appointment of Bryan Cooper as Gigginstown House Stud's new retained jockey.

Last Tuesday the champion owner's association with Davy Russell came to a surprise end and the Ryanair boss has wasted no time in moving to replace Russell with the 21-year-old Kerryman.

"We reached an agreement with Bryan Cooper this afternoon and he becomes our number one jockey with effect from next Monday," said O'Leary, who did not go into the details or duration of the agreement reached.

"We never disclose anything like that," he said, "but I expect and hope that it will be a long-term deal, though like everything else it will be subject to an annual review.

"We're very pleased we have got the right man. He's young but will continue to learn on the job.

&qu ot;Bryan will ride all of our horses, as agreed with all of our trainers. He will still be based with Dessie Hughes on the Curragh and ride out for him on mornings that we don't need him."

Cooper (@92bryan92) took to twitter and said: "Thanks for all the tweets, very honoured to be the new retained jockey for Gigginstown. Hope it's the start of a successful partnership!"

O'Leary also underlined that Russell's days in the Gigginstown silks were far from over, adding: "I have spoken to Davy too and we will be using him extensively as we can, especially when we have multiple runners."

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