Bryan Cooper was back from suspension on Saturday. Just in time to get some runs in before Cheltenham. A frustrating day at Gowran Park, where he failed to strike, but that quickly changed that when Sunday came. Cooper rode a quick fire double in the form of, Bright New Dawn & Empire Of Dirt at Naas, prepping him nicely for the big week ahead, however, In his last ride of the day he saddled Allied Victory. Going well for the majority of the race Cooper had every chance, but a mistake coming over the fifth from home took the young jockey to the ground, hitting hard. After being looked over he seems to be ok. Cooper now must get the all clear from the racecourse doctor to ride at Cheltenham but it seems he will be fit to ride. Paul Carberry also took what looked to be a nasty fall, but is reported to be good to go for the festival. The news could have easily been worse, unfortunately it takes situations like these to remind you of just how much is at risk, day in day out, to bring us first class entertainment.
Cheltenham festival kicks off tomorrow and what an opener we have to look forward to. Questions will be answered & new questions will arise. Will Sam Twiston-Davies manage to claim victory with Big Buck's? Can the Fly achieve a third champion hurdle? Will ruby or Barry get their lucky 15's up? Everyone's been keeping their cards close to their chest but that's all about to change. Prepare yourself for 1.30pm on Tuesday, for the greatest meeting on turf. Good luck to all, may the week be a profitable one & enjoy yourself if you are lucky enough to attend.