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Irish jockey Bryan Cooper suffers broken leg at Cheltenham

Updated: Wednesday, 12 Mar 2014 17:13 | Comments

Bryan Cooper suffered a broken leg after falling at Cheltenham
Bryan Cooper suffered a broken leg after falling at Cheltenham

Irish jockey Bryan Cooper suffered a broken leg in a crashing fall at Cheltenham on Tuesday.

Cooper, who is retained rider for powerful Irish owners Gigginstown House Stud, fell two out aboard the Gordon Elliott-trained Clarcam in the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle.

The highly-rated jockey had been due to partner Last Instalment in the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday.

Gigginstown racing manager Eddie O'Leary said: "He's broken two bones in one of his legs."

Cooper only returned to action in September after he suffered a similar following a fall at Down Royal in May.

The 21-year-old jockey shot to prominence last season when he secured three winners at the Cheltenham Festival.

He then added two further Grade One triumphs a month later at Aintree.

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