Jockey Bryan Cooper talks up Cheltenham trio


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Jockey Bryan Cooper believes Petit Mouchoir, Apple’s Jade and Death Duty will give him his best chance of victory at this year’s Cheltenham Festival.

Cooper has enjoyed plenty of success at recent Festivals at Prestbury Park, with three victories in 2013.

He then managed to beat that last year as he guided Don Cossack to Gold Cup victory on the final day of the Festival.

With plenty of high-profile horses already out of this year’s races, Cooper is confident his charges can go all the way as he looks to upset Willie Mullins’ chances at the famous racecourse.

Cooper will head to Cheltenham in two weeks’ time and he is confident that all three have chances in their respective races.

“I’ve a nice bunch going, hopefully I get there in one piece,” he told At The Races.

“The likes of Petit Mouchoir (Champion Hurdle), Apple’s Jade (Mares’ Hurdle) and Death Duty (Albert Bartlett), they are nice horses to be looking forward to.

Apple Jade 3.50 to win the Mares Hurdle was beaten by Limini in her last outing but Cooper is expecting a response after she finished second to Mullins’ stable star.

“It was a messy race, she was a bit gassy early and brave at a few of her hurdles,” he added.

“All our mare can do is improve. She had a nice break after winning the Hatton’s Grace and I think the run will bring her on a lot and we can look forward to Cheltenham.”

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