Cooper suffers broken arm in Fairyhouse fall

Bryan Cooper: will be out of action for between four and six weeks

PICTURE: Patrick McCann ( Cooper suffers broken arm in Fairyhouse fall By David Jennings 6:43PM 8 OCT 2016

BRYAN COOPER's tale of injury woes continued at Fairyhouse on Saturday as Gigginstown's number one was rushed to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown, Dublin, with a broken right arm following the first-fence fall of odds-on favourite Ball d'Arc in the 2m beginners chase.

Cooper had started the day by winning the opening maiden hurdle on Usurp and, with two odds-on favourites still to come, it looked as though it would be a Saturday to savour for the 24-year-old.

But things turned nasty for Cooper when Grade 2-winning hurdler Ball d'Arc crashed out at the first fence.

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"I am pretty sure Bryan has broken his arm, which is an awful shame," said trainer Gordon Elliott.

Dr Adrian McGoldrick, senior medical officer for the Irish Turf Club, later confirmed that Cooper had fractured his right arm and is expected to be out of action for between four and six weeks

It is the latest in a long line of injuries for Cooper. He suffered the worst lower limb fracture that Dr Adrian McGoldrick has ever seen when fracturing his tibia and fibula following a fall from Clarcam in the Fred Winter at the 2014 Cheltenham Festival. He also broke his leg at Down Royal in May 2013.

In July of this year at Galway Tiger Roll left Cooper with a laceration of his liver and a partially collapsed lung after he sent him crashing into the take-off board of the final fence following a mistake at the second-last in the Guinness Harp Novice Chase.

Riches misses Down Royal engagement

There was more bad news for Gigginstown with Noel Meade revealing that Road To Riches will miss the Champion Chase at Down Royal on November 5 after being operated on for kissing spines.

"Road To Riches has had an operation on his back for kissing spines so he won't be ready for the Grade 1 in Down Royal. We will aim him for the Lexus at Christmas now. I think he will be okay for that," Meade said.

He added: "He didn't jump well at Galway and he was not as good as he should have been at Gowran either. We got his back X-rayed and he had kissing spines. My two for Down Royal next month are Wounded Warrior and Monksland."

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