Jockey Bryan Cooper faces lengthy spell out with broken leg

Jockey Bryan Cooper is facing a long spell out of action after breaking his leg in a fall at Down Royal.

The Irishman came off the Tony Martin-trained Tepalo in the Weatherbys Beginners Chase on Monday.

Cooper rode three winners at the Cheltenham Festival and also won on First Lieutenant at the Grand National meeting at Aintree.

"He's broken his left femur and it's a clean break. It's a bad injury," Cooper's agent Alan Donoghue said.

"Nobody has put a timescale on how long he's going to be out for yet. You'd imagine it will be a good couple of months.

"It's unfortunate but that's racing. There are ups and downs."