Davy Russell makes shock announcement to come out of retirement
After less than four weeks of retirement, the 43-year-old jumps jockey will return to action at Fairyhouse to help the Gordon Elliott yard while stable jockey Jack Kennedy recovers from a broken leg
By Jon Lees (Daily Mirror)
Davy Russell has made the shock announcement he is to come out of retirement less than four weeks after quitting the sport.
The 43-year-old, who stepped down on December 18, has performed a u-turn in order to cover for Jack Kennedy while the leader in the Irish jump jockeys’ championship is on the sidelines with a broken leg.
Kennedy could be out for several weeks after breaking his leg for the fifth time in a fall on Sunday, although his boss Gordon Elliott was confident he would be fit for the Cheltenham Festival.
Nevertheless with a number of key races and the Dublin Festival to come before March, Elliott was short of experienced jockeys without the two riders who have been integral to his stable’s success in recent years.
Russell will resume at Fairyhouse on Saturday, saying in a statement issued on his behalf, “After meeting with Gordon today, I have decided to come out of retirement and ride for the short period while Jack is on the sidelines.
“It’s only been a matter of weeks since I retired, and I actually rode more out this morning than I have in many years.
“We are a close team in Cullentra and after what happened last weekend, I want to help the team through a difficult few weeks.
“The plan is to resume riding in Fairyhouse on Saturday and Punchestown on Sunday.”