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Bryan Cooper guided Henry de Bromhead's Special Tiara to victory in the Maghull Novices' Chase

Updated: Saturday, 06 Apr 2013 15:10 | Comments

Bryan Cooper drives Special Tiara (left) past Overturn in the closing stages
Bryan Cooper drives Special Tiara (left) past Overturn in the closing stages

Bryan Cooper's incredible season continued as he guided Special Tiara to victory in the John Smith's Maghull Novices' Chase.

One of the rising stars of the National Hunt weighing room, Cooper rode three winners at last month's Cheltenham Festival and enjoyed his first Aintree winner aboard First Lieutenant in Thursday's Betfred Bowl.

With Grand Annual winner Alderwood, Arkle runner-up Baily Green and the ever-popular Overturn in the field, it was no surprise to see Henry de Bromhead's Special Tiara sent off a largely unconsidered 28-1 shot for this Grade One event.

Special Tiara disputed the lead with Overturn for much of the two-mile journey, but appeared to have been seen off when Overturn quickened into a clear lead off the home bend.

But Overturn began to wander on the run to the final fence and was claimed by Special Tiara on the flat, with De Bromhead's charge getting up by a length and three-quarters.

Alderwood was outpaced before plugging on to finish third, while Baily Green made a serious mistake at the first fence and never fully recovered, eventually pulling up.

Cooper said: "Going to the last I thought I had a bit more horse. He wings fences and I thought if he winged the last I might get there, but Overturn is a real tough horse and when I went past he battled again.

"It's been an unbelievable time for me."

De Bromhead said: "Bryan gave him a super ride.

"He's a bit of a tearaway so we mainly just loose school him at home.

"His jumping was superb - we thought with good ground and an easy two miles he might have a chance. He only just gets two miles.

"He's a big galloping horse and loves jumping."

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