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Naas review: Double for Bryan Cooper

Updated: Sunday, 09 Mar 2014 18:34 | Comments

Naas review: Double for Cooper

Bryan Cooper survived an injury scare as he limbered up for some big rides at the Cheltenham Festival with a double in the Gigginstown House Stud colours in two of the main races at Naas.

There was an element of luck about his second victory as Dessie Hughes's Bright New Dawn was gifted an easy triumph in the Grade Three Naas Directors Plate Novice Chase when Mullaghanoe River unseated Paul Carberry two out.

Bright New Dawn, the 8-11 favourite after landing a Grade Two at Navan last time, led all the way and wasn't under pressure when his rival exited while challenging. He was kept going to score by seven and a half lengths.

The Colm Murphy-trained Empire Of Dirt dug deep for Cooper to lead home a Gigginstown one-two in the Listed Irish Racing Writers Kingsfurze Novice Hurdle.

Sent to the front approaching the fourth-last flight, the 5-1 chance looked a sitting duck at the top of the straight, but he found top gear to extend his advantage between the final two obstacles and then held The Game Changer by two lengths.

There was a worry for Cooper when he took a crashing fall in the Sunday Market At Naas Racecourse Maiden Hurdle, but he emerged relatively unscathed and the race went to Jessie Harrington's Ttebbob (13-2), who was delivered late by Barry Geraghty to win by four lengths.

With Carberry sidelined, Danny Mullins came in for the spare ride on Gallant Oscar in the valuable Woodlands Park 100 Club Leinster National, and Tony Martin's charge won in some style.

Favourite Los Amigos was travelling sweetly in front on the turn for home, but it was soon clear Gallant Oscar (11-2) was going even better and he quickened away on the run-in to score by three and a quarter lengths, with Saoirse Dun snatching second.

The jockey was completing a double after sweeping into the lead after the last on his father Tony's Sammy Black (11-1) to take the Naas Supporters Handicap Hurdle by a length and three-quarters.
 

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