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DAVY RUSSELL: “We’ll be ready to rock” once the rain comes, says legendary 2014 Gold Cup-winning pilot

Multiple Grade 1 winner Davy Russell has been sidelined with injury for ten months

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25-time Cheltenham Festival-winning rider Davy Russell is aiming to be back “as soon as possible” after being sidelined for the majority of the 2020/21 National Hunt campaign.

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The Irish pilot has not been in the saddle since a fall in the Munster National at Limerick back in October, meaning he missed most of jump racing’s biggest meetings for the remainder of the season, including the Gloucestershire showpiece back in March.

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But the 42-year-old is poised for his return and a re-association of his partnership with Gordon Elliot, whose ban for bringing horse racing into disrepute comes to an end on Thursday 9th September.

Gordon Elliot at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Gordon Elliot handed the Cullentra reins to Denise Foster after having his training license suspended following an unsavoury image of him sitting on a dead horse was circulated

Russell told At The Races: “We’ve been putting a good old shift in now and it’s all coming together. We’re just waiting for a drop of rain for those better horses to come out.

“Me and Gordon [Elliot] work well together and he’s been a huge part of my career for a long time, so it’s great. I’ll be waiting to see what Gordon’s plan is and fit in with that.

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“Fingers crossed I’ll be back as soon as possible. When the rain comes, and the ground is safe for those good horses to come out, we’ll be ready to rock.”

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.

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