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Bryan Cooper is set for Kilbeggan return

Updated: Thursday, 05 Sep 2013 14:02 | Comments

Bryan Cooper will be back in the saddle on Friday at Kilbeggan
Bryan Cooper will be back in the saddle on Friday at Kilbeggan

Leading Irish jumps jockey Bryan Cooper returns from a four-month enforced absence with one ride at Kilbeggan on Friday evening.

Cooper has been sidelined since 6 May after he broke a leg when he fell from Tepalo at Down Royal on 6 May.

The 21-year-old rider has now been given the go-ahead to return to action at Kilbeggan, where he partners the Dessie Hughes-trained Canaly in a three-mile hurdle race.

Cooper shot to prominence last season when he secured three winners at the Cheltenham Festival in March. He then added two further Grade One triumphs a month later at Aintree.

He said: "It's great to be back, but relief is the main feeling I've got - I've been counting down the days.

"I've been riding out for the last month, but I was given clearance to come back two weeks ago.

"I've not been missing out on anything too big, though, so I just thought it best to play it safe and give it a few weeks.

"It's been a long four months, but I'd rather it (his injury) have happened when it did instead of in the middle of the winter.

"I'm not setting myself any targets just yet - just taking things day by day - but I've got a lovely bunch of horses to ride again this year.

"Hopefully it won't be long before I get back into the swing of things."

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