Bryan Cooper Retires at 30: Gold Cup-Winning Jockey Ends Career Abruptly | Racing News

Bryan Cooper Retires from Race Riding

Bryan Cooper, the Gold Cup-winning jockey, has announced his immediate retirement from race riding. The 30-year-old achieved his biggest success by winning on Don Cossack at Cheltenham in 2016 and landed a graded success in January with Thedevilscoachman, trained by Noel Meade.

In a statement on Twitter, Cooper said: “After much consideration, I am officially announcing my retirement from race riding. I’ve had an incredible career over the past 14 years, and I want to thank my family, owners, trainers, and stable staff who have supported me.”

Cooper takes in the applause from the Cheltenham crowd after Don Cossack's Gold Cup triumph
Bryan Cooper takes in the applause from the Cheltenham crowd after Don Cossack’s Gold Cup triumph

“I’m excited to embark on the next chapter of my life and see what the future holds,” he added. Cooper received warm wishes from fellow jockey Barry Geraghty, who commented: “You’ve had a brilliant career, and there’s a lot to be proud of. Best of luck in your next chapter.”

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