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Cheltenham

  • 14:05 Vincent O'Brien County Handicap Hurdle 2m 1f

  • (Grade 3) £80,000 added 5yo+ 28 ran
  • Winner £45,560 2nd £17,096 3rd £8,560 4th £4,264
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Winning time: 4m 16.10s
  • Off time: 14:06:23

Super Cooper takes the County

Last Updated: 15/03/13 3:26pm

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Ted Veale (left) jumps past Tennis Cap at the final flight

Ted Veale (left) jumps past Tennis Cap at the final flight

Bryan Cooper announced his arrival among the cream of British and Irish jumps jockeys when following up his Triumph Hurdle success aboard 10/1 chance Ted Veale in the Vincent O'Brien Country Hurdle.

David Casey, again stepping in as a late replacement for Paul Townend, rode a well-judged race from the front aboard Tennis Cap (11/1) and when he kicked on down the hill the move looked to have caught his rivals napping.

But the Tony Martin-trained winner cut through the chasing pack and loomed up behind Tennis Cap approaching the final flight.

Cooper was wise to make his challenge as late as possible because Ted Veale failed to find much for maximum pressure, but he did enough on the run-in to account for the runner-up by one and a half lengths.

Manyriverstocross (25/1) finished third, ahead of Shadow Catcher (16/1), with Tankero Emery fifth and Edgardo Sol rattling home for sixth.

Cooper, who also took the Jewson Chase for Martin 24 hours earlier at the meeting, could scarcely believe that he was in the winner's enclosure again.

"Our Conor is the one I thought about the most, because he was the favourite. I thought if I could go home with one winner and a couple of places that would be amazing - to be going home with three winners is amazing," he said.

"It rode pretty soft there for my lad, he's a good-ground horse but the rain is getting in."

Martin, hoarse from celebrating Benefficient's Jewson Chase victory, smiled: "We had a bit of a rough time last night but now this has won too, we might not make it home."

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