Davy Rus­sell, jockey

Irish Examiner - Racing - - CHELTENHAM PREVIEW 2017 -

“Any win­ner at the fes­ti­val is a high­light. I’ve been lucky enough to ride some very good horses and lucky enough that they won. You never for­get your first one, so Na­tive Jack win­ning the Cross Coun­try in 2006 was a big mon­key off the back and I’ve been lucky enough after that to ride plenty of win­ners over there. Win­ning the Gold Cup on Lord Win­der­mere in 2014 was a bit spe­cial, to be fair. It was very dra­matic for every­body in­volved and it was just great that it worked out. It was a tough old year in the build-up (he lost his job as Gig- gin­stown’s re­tained first jockey the pre­vi­ous De­cem­ber) but win­ning the Gold Cup helped to put the whole thing be­hind me, so it was great.

“I was al­ways go­ing to drop him in a bit but they went so quick, my horse was out­paced early and I felt what­ever chance I had was de­pen­dent on keep­ing him some way on the bri­dle. He jumped so well, and he got him­self back into a fight­ing po­si­tion with a mile to go and the fur­ther they were go­ing, the bet­ter chance I was hav­ing. Lord Win­der­mere sweated like a pig be­fore the race but it didn’t seem to bother him. He rose to the oc­ca­sion.”

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