DAVY RUSSELL: Ayr Saturday

Jockey Davy Russell celebrates with the trophy after winning the Randox Health Grand National Handicap Chase with Tiger Roll during Grand National Day of the 2019 Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse.

It’s been a week of trying to get off Cloud 9 and I must admit I’m still up there. The emotions of last weekend will live with me forever and I can’t wait to be re-united with Tiger Roll when he visits my home town next week !!

I was asked whether there was more pressure on me this year. I said absolutely, having won my first National last year the pressure intensified much more this time with him being such a short priced favourite and the whole ‘back to back wins’ story.

That said, when it came to the day of the race the pressure lifted and both Gordon’s (Elliott) and the Gigginstown teams were excellent in supporting me. The pressure of the build up suddenly lifted once we got him to the course and then it just became all about trying to get the job done.

I’ve been inundated with kind comments, including Star Sports readers and I’d just like to thank everyone who has passed on their best wishes.

As ever, the racing show moves quickly on and unfortunately I don’t have a ride in the Scottish National.

It looks a typically impossible puzzle to solve but would like to see Vintage Clouds run well. He was well fancied for Aintree last weekend but got no further than the first so will come back here a fresh horse and there was plenty to like about his second to Beware The Bear in the Ultima at the Cheltenham Festival.

I have two rides for Gordon on Saturday’s Ayr card.




He was still showing well going into the final flight in the Martin Pipe but met traffic problems and didn’t jump the last fluently. He should be fine going wise, ideally wants a little bit of juice in the ground as both of his jumps wins have come on testing ground. This will be a test under top weight in a race which really does look wide open to me.

MAM TRASNA (5.20pm)

An unusual shape to this bumper with the weights ranging from 11-7 to 10-1. Having his first start for Gordon and has a new owner too after his win at Kelso last time out. Although that was a good effort, I think he’ll need to progress from that run to take this. As I always say, it takes a very good horse to defy a penalty in bumpers. He’s a grand horse though and will hopefully run a big race.

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