Bryan Cooper to miss Grand National after Cheltenham bans
Ireland's Bryan Cooper has been ruled out of the Grand National at Aintree on 11 April after receiving two separate bans at the Cheltenham Festival.
He will be suspended for a total of 15 race days and will also miss the Irish Grand National Meeting at Fairyhouse.
He received a four-day ban for using his whip above the permitted level in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle.
Cooper, 22, received a further 11-day ban after finishing third on Road to Riches in the Betfred Gold Cup.
His bans will run from 28-31 March for the first offence and his further ban, covering 1 April and 2, 4-6 and 9-14 of April, ensures he will be missing at Aintree, where he could have looked forward to a ride on First Lieutenant.
He declined to comment on the bans.