When his history teacher, Kerry defender Marc Ó Sé, warned him that all he was doing by walking out the school gates was ensuring that he’d be back in a few years looking for a job, Byan Cooper (above) just smiled.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Used to be, a young jockey’s first hint that the big time was making eyes at him came over the airwaves. Small notes made deafening sounds. As (...)