DAVY RUSSELL BLOG: Downpatrick Sunday

Saturday afternoon didn’t go to plan as after pulling up on Sporty Yankee in the handicap hurdle, I was all but brought down by the favourite at the second last aboard Dallas Des Pictons in the feature novice chase.

I took a bit of a kicking and am still a little sore on Sunday morning so will miss my intended rides today.

I’ve been asked whether it’s strange for us jockeys is to be riding in complete silence without a crowd and the answer is not really.

At the smaller meetings you are pretty much in your own bubble whilst riding a finish so don’t hear the crowd anyway. Don’t get me wrong, if it comes to a race like the Irish Grand National and we are still behind closed doors then it will be strange to ride with a backdrop of silence. Looking at Sunday’s meeting and even though I’ve no rides now my thoughts on are below on what I would have ridden.  In the first I’ll also be keeping a close eye on Jerry Russell – he’s one bred and named after my father. He’s only had the three races and if he has my father’s work ethic he’ll be just fine!



THE VERY MAN (2.10pm)

He was good in Naas the last day when he put everything together and I suppose it’s just a question of whether he can do the same again. He is pretty consistent as he was a good second at Navan before that so there is no reason he shouldn’t step up again. Charles Byrnes’ Wajaaha won well last time and looks a big danger.

HELL ON EARTH (2.40pm)

Hell On Earth who wears cheekpieces for the first time. I guess he was a bit disappointing at Gowran the last day and hopefullyhe can show the same form he showed at Fairyhouse last month. Hopefully the pieces can help sharpen him up a bit and, if they do, he should go well. There look dangers everywhere with Henry’s (De Bromhead) horse Accidental Rebel looking the most likely one. Then there’s Odds Or Evens for Tony Martin and JP who cannot be ruled out either.

ITS ALL GUESSWORK (3.10pm – Ulster National)

The big race of the day where Gordon saddles six of the 15 runners. I would have ridden Its All Guesswork who switches back to fences after two below par runs over hurdles this term. He’s a capable chaser on his day and I won a beginners chase aboard him back in 2018. He is still a young horse and this looks a tough task. Looking at the others and Cheb De Kerviniou looks the obvious one. He’s been so consistent of late without getting his head in front. After a good second at Fairyhouse on New Years Day, he’s twice finished third at Punchestown before another good second at Naas a few weeks ago. He’s up another 3lbs for that but is literally knocking on the door. There are plenty of dangers though. Gun Digger won last time while Willie’s (Mullins) horse Ifyoucatchmenow looks to be improving.


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