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Friday, 18 January, 2019

Gigginstown jockey out for minimum of six weeks following fall

Bryan Cooper: fractured pelvis following fall at Punchestown
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The luckless Bryan Cooper is resigned to another exasperating spell on the sidelines and is expected to be out of action for at least six weeks following a fall at Punchestown on Saturday that left him with a fractured pelvis.

Gigginstown's number one jockey, who left Blanchardstown Hospital in Dublin on Sunday, said: "I'm a bit uncomfortable but not really in pain. I'm on crutches but it's a straightforward fracture which won't require surgery.

"I'll be going to see [surgeon] Paddy Kenny on Friday. I'll see what he says and hopefully I'll be able to start physio before long."

While Cooper enjoyed the highlight of his young career in 2016 when winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Don Cossack in March, the jockey was dogged by injury in the second half of the year.

He missed most of June after having a pin removed from his right leg at the end of last season and suffered a partially collapsed lung and a laceration of his liver in a fall at the Galway festival in July. Further misfortune followed at Fairyhouse on October 8 when he broke his right arm in a fall.

Cooper suffered a broken leg on day two of the Cheltenham Festival in 2014 after sustaining a fractured right tibia and fibula in a fall from Clarcam in the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle. The year before, he broke his left femur in a fall at Down Royal in May.

Cooper was riding the Joseph O'Brien-trained Arkwrisht for Gigginstown House Stud at Punchestown when he parted company with him five out in a 3m1f beginners' chase.

He added: "It's very frustrating to be out of action again, but these things happen in this job and I've got to be positive. A lot of people have been, and are, in a worse than position than me.

"Ruby [Walsh] rang me this morning and told me the same thing happened to him a few years ago. I'll just have to sit and suffer and aim to get back as quickly as possible."

Dr Adrian McGoldrick, the Turf Club's chief medical officer, said he expected Cooper to be out for six to eight weeks.

The 24-year-old has ridden two Grade 1 winners for Gigginstown this season, taking the Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse on Apple's Jade and the Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown on Petit Mouchoir last Thursday.

In his absence, the 17-year-old Jack Kennedy, whose latest big-race success came on Outlander in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown last week, is expected to come in for more opportunities for the formidable Gigginstown team.

Its very frustrating to be out of action again but these things happen in this job and I've got to be positive

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