More injury woe for Cooper

Bryan Cooper faces between four to six weeks on the sidelines after breaking his right arm in a fall at Fairyhouse on Saturday.

Bryan Cooper: Could be out for six weeks

The retained jockey to Gigginstown House Stud was riding the Gordon Elliott-trained Ball D'Arc for his bosses in the Winter Festival December 3rd & 4th Beginners Chase.

Ball D'Arc was the 5-6 favourite but the five-year-old gelding made a mistake at the first fence and Cooper was unseated.

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The jockey was taken to Connolly Hospital, in Dublin, for treatment and underwent surgery on Sunday morning.

Irish Turf Club senior medical officer Dr Adrian McGoldrick said: "Bryan has a fracture of his right forearm, so he'll be out for probably four to six weeks. That's the normal healing for that.

"He was operated on by Mr (Paddy) Kenny at Connolly Hospital."

Cooper only returned to action at the start of September after suffering a small laceration of his liver and a partially collapsed lung at the Galway Festival in late July.

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