Bryan Cooper is due to start physio shortly as he works towards what he hopes will be a return from injury before the Listowel Festival in September.

Cooper was partnering the Tony Martin-trained Tepalo in the Weatherbys Beginners Chase at Down Royal on May 6 when he came to grief, suffering a broken left femur.

One of the emerging stars of the National Hunt scene, Cooper shot into the limelight when riding three winners at the Cheltenham Festival, while he was also on target with First Lieutenant at the Grand National meeting at Aintree.

Cooper said: "I had the operation on my leg last Tuesday and it went well. I'm not in much pain and looking back on it now, it could have been a lot worse.

"My leg isn't in a cast so I can walk around on the crutches which is great as the muscle in my leg won't be wearing away.

"Hopefully I'll start physio in the next few weeks. I won't be back for Galway but I do hope to be back for Listowel and any time before Listowel would be a bonus."