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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”