Davy Russell Makes Winning Return From Retirement In Punchestown

Davy Russell Makes Winning Return From Retirement In Punchestown
By Michael Bolton Updated
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Less than a month after announcing his retirement, Davy Russell made a winning return to horse racing at Punchestown aboard Sa Fureur.

After Jack Kennedy had broken his leg in Naas last Saturday, Davy Russell announced on Wednesday that he would return to help out his trainer Gordon Elliott.

While he didn't have much luck yesterday in Fairyhouse, Davy Russell enjoyed a better day on Sa Fureur on his second mount in division two of the 2m maiden hurdle.

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Trained by Elliot, Sa Fureur has shown big signs of improvement in recent races.  The 5/4 favourite Bialystack, who is trained by Willie Mullins, finished third.

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Davy Russell Talks About comeback

After his retirement last month in Thurles, when he was aboard Liberty Dance, it was unclear if we would ever see the Grand National winner back again.

However, after making his return on such short notice, Davy Russell admitted the thrill from the fans and winning races was too much to stay away from.

It feels great. Winning is what it's all about so it's great to be back in the winner's enclosure.

The crowd is what makes it, the supporters that are here. They clapped me all the way into the parade ring and it's very nice. It's a cold day but there's some great racing on and the crowd appreciates it. If I'm giving joy to them, it makes it all worthwhile.

You get a kick out of riding winners. I had a bit of a blow way too early on him and I was kicking myself turning in. I was panicking a bit and might have to take a deep breath now the next time.

He was good though, he stayed well down to the line. He'll be a much nicer horse when he matures."

Looks like there's plenty more to come from Davy Russell.

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