Jockey Bryan Cooper plays down talk of move to UK

‘I can confirm there are no significant agreements in place at this time’

 Bryan Cooper will continue to be based in Ireland. Photograph:    Niall Carson/PA Wire

Bryan Cooper will continue to be based in Ireland. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

 

Bryan Cooper has responded to speculation in the media about a possible move to ride in Britain.

Having lost the top job as number one rider to Gigginstown House Stud, for whom he won the Cheltenham Gold Cup with Don Cossack, Cooper’s opportunities have been thin on the ground in the summer.

While not ruling out riding more regularly in the UK, Cooper moved to clear up any suggestion he will no longer be based in Ireland.

In a statement he said: “I have noted media speculation in relation to a potential move to the UK. I can confirm there are no significant agreements in place at this time and I will continue to be based in Ireland.

“I have been asked to take up riding opportunities in the UK, and feel privileged to have been approached by a number of owners and trainers.

“I am as hungry as ever to continue building on the success I have achieved in the sport so far, and look forward to working on new opportunities while still being committed to be Irish connections.

“There have been a few close confidants who have helped me, and I’d like to thank them for their support.

“Any further announcements will be made as and when appropriate.”

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.