Bryan Cooper claimed a first victory since a four-month absence
Last Updated: 11/09/13 5:39pm
Bryan Cooper: Back in business
Jockey Bryan Cooper claimed a first victory since his return from a four-month enforced absence when Captain Arceus won at Galway on Wednesday evening.
Cooper only made his comeback last Friday after he suffered a broken leg at Down Royal on May 6.
The leading Irish jumps rider was back in the groove on just his third ride back when Captain Arceus, trained by Dessie Hughes, justified 13/8 favouritism in the City Publicans Charity Hurdle.
Cooper shot to prominence last season when he secured three winners at the Cheltenham Festival in March. He then added two further Grade One triumphs a month later at Aintree.
Cooper said: "The pressure is off now. "He was half off the bridle early on as they went a proper gallop. Coming down the hill he really locked on to it and I probably got there a bit sooner than I wanted to.
"He loves that ground. He's going chasing now and will be a nice chasing prospect."