Galway is both magic and zany, where it is possible to fall in love but lose her after going for a cigarette.So it is that Cooper winning one of the two iconic races is almost to be expected, though Micheal O'Leary subsequently bursting into tears may be asking too much.Niall Mc Cullagh timed it brilliantly on Ken Condon's 10/1 winner Ice Cold In Alex on Saturday at the Curragh. It means a lot to me, I missed the whole of Royal Ascot and to come back to the place I love so much, it's great.
Winning at Bellewstown last time is hardly the pinnacle either.
A 10lb rise brings him to 135 but the chances are he is better than that.
But, then, horses are the last thing on the minds of most people, many of them bound for Galway this week.
For Cooper, it is time to start again, though it must feel like getting ditched by a girlfriend on the eve of a wedding you are nevertheless compelled to attend.
Having ridden for just three trainers this season other than a Gigginstown ally or his father Tom, the need to update his contacts book is clear, no easy challenge for a guy who tends to keep to himself.
Gigginstown will still use him and what he rides in the Plate and Hurdle will be pretty captivating.
Fans of The X Factor were left baffled on Saturday night as guest performer Liam Payne made a bizarre exit directly after his performance.
The 24-year-old jumped from the stage and headed to the audience where his girlfriend Cheryl was watching, and immediately ushered her out of the studio.
The son of a mechanic snared the Grand National in Aintree before training a winner in his homeland and what amounted to his first real dabble with two-year-olds resulted in a Group win already this year. This JP Mc Manus runner was trained initially by Dermot Weld, for whom he won twice at the level, including at Galway.
Already having saddled three horses to finish second in the Galway Hurdle is not to be sniffed at though, while the race has the biggest purse of any hurdle event in Europe, second remains a lonely seclusion. On his last Flat start, rated in the mid-90s, he hacked up in a handicap, meaning it was hard to put a ceiling on what he may do if he took to hurdling.
Tomorrow, Michael Bell's charge gets his shot at racing history when he attempts to become the first to win three Goodwood Cups on the bounce.