Bryan Cooper faces month on sidelines after Galway fall

Gordon Elliott, Don Cossack and Bryan Cooper at Punchestown

Bryan Cooper: was wearing a different type of body protector

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BRYAN COOPER is expected to be sidelined for up to four weeks after his bad fall at Galway on Thursday.

Gigginstown House Stud’s number one jockey was riding the Gordon Elliott-trained Tiger Roll in a novice chase but was dramatically unseated approaching the final fence after a mistake at the second-last.

Cooper tried manfully to keep the partnership intact in the short run between the fences but slid into the take-off board at the bottom of the obstacle.

Turf Club chief medical adviser Dr Adrian McGoldrick reported on Friday: “I spoke to Bryan this morning and he was in good form. He’s suffered a small laceration of his liver and a small pneumothorax, which is a partially collapsed lung, but other than that he’s fine.

“It looks like he might be out of action for around three to four weeks.”

New safety vest

McGoldrick added of a jockey who has broken his leg twice, including badly at the 2014 Cheltenham Festival when riding Clarcam: “I think the fact he was wearing a level-two safety vest has saved him from a more serious injury.

“Most of the jockeys wear a level-one safety vest, but Bryan, Ruby Walsh and Andrew Lynch have been trialling the level-two, and I do think that’s made a difference here. It’s something we might try to make compulsory from January 2017.”


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