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Highs and lows: the key dates in Bryan Cooper's eventful career

Bryan Cooper: won the Cheltenham Gold Cup aboard Don Cossack last year
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October 29, 2009 Rides first winner on his father Tom's Rossdara at Clonmel

2011 Crowned champion conditional rider

March 14, 2013 Rides first Cheltenham Festival winner aboard Benefficient, followed by a double the next day on the sensational Our Conor and Ted Veale

April 4, 2013 Rides first Grade 1 winner for Gigginstown on Mouse Morris's First Lieutenant in the Betfred Bowl at Aintree

May 6, 2013 Breaks right femur in a fall from Tepalo at Down Royal

January 3, 2014 Replaces Davy Russell as Gigginstown's retained rider

March 12, 2014 Breaks tibia and fibula in a fall from Clarcam at Cheltenham and a second operation is required to remove the plates in May 2016. The original setback costs him the rides on Cheltenham Festival winners Very Wood, Tiger Roll and Savello

July 17, 2015 Dislocates thumb in a fall from Castletown Bridge at Kilbeggan

March 18, 2016 Excels in winning the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup on the Gordon Elliott-trained Don Cossack

April 9, 2016 Forfeits the winning Grand National ride on Rule The World in favour of second-fence faller, First Lieutenant

July 28, 2016 Suffers a collapsed lung and liver laceration in a fall from Tiger Roll at Galway

October 8, 2016 Breaks right forearm in a fall from Ball D'Arc at Fairyhouse

December 31, 2016 Cracks pelvis in a fall from Arkwrisht at Punchestown

March 2017 Secures two more Cheltenham Festival wins on Apple's Jade and Road To Respect

July 28, 2017 Loses job as retained rider to Gigginstown

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