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Bryan Cooper caps big week with Cork win

Updated: Saturday, 04 Jan 2014 16:46 | Comments

Bryan Cooper won on 6-4 faourite Avondhu Lady
Bryan Cooper won on 6-4 faourite Avondhu Lady

Newly appointed number one jockey to Gigginstown House Stud Bryan Cooper celebrated his elevation with a win on Avondhu Lady at Cork.

The young rider, who will be settling into his new job from Monday, partnered the David Fenton-trained 6-4 favourite to win the McCarthy Insurance Group Mares Handicap Hurdle.

The nine-year-old chaser, who was making the most of a much lower rating over the smaller obstacles, led all the way under top weight and went clear between the last two flights to score by four and a half lengths.

There was mixed luck for Willie Mullins, whose triple bumper winner Wicklow Brave looked to have little more than a penalty kick for his jumps debut in the McCarthy Insurance Group Maiden Hurdle and obliged with ease.

Paul Townend was always close up on the 2-5 favourite, who led four out and was never threatened as he cleared away from Synchronicity to win hard-held by seven lengths.

But the yard's long odds-on Blood Cotil fell two out when in charge of the McCarthy Insurance Group Beginners Chase, and Jimmy Mangan's Castle Wings (7-2), ridden by the trainer's son Paddy, went on to score by 24 lengths.

Dermot Weld's Waaheb (7-4) has not lived up to the potential of his early career but he has some decent form in the book and accounted for the odds-on Turban in the McCarthy Insurance Group Hurdle.

Mark Walsh settled in second behind the Mullins hotpot and challenged at the second-last before gradually getting on top to win a hard-fought duel by a length and a half.

James Dullea's Benrouge (6-1) dug deep under Robbie Power to beat Asitsohappens by a short head in the second version of the maiden hurdle, while Tom Foley's 9-2 favourite Playing won by nine lengths under Kevin Sexton in the McCarthy Insurance Group Handicap Chase.

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