DAVY RUSSELL: Navan Saturday

I’ve very much been in Cheltenham mode this week and had a fantastic day over in the UK on Tuesday filming previews with the Star Sports panel and chatting all things Cheltenham with Alastair Down from the Racing Post. Hope you enjoy the videos which are now available CLICK HERE.

Later on Tuesday I was invited to the Star Sports betting shop in Mayfair, London for a Cheltenham preview. There was a lovely crowd and so much interest and questions. I thought I was on Question Time !! It’s great that year after year the Cheltenham Festival generates so much passion about the sport we all love.

It’s been back to the day job this week, I rode out at Gordon’s yesterday and everything is ticking over nicely which is absolutely what you want at this stage.

I was saying at the previews about how I like to be prepared well in advance for Cheltenham. I hate rushing around at the last minute and like to be organised ahead of racing. I’ll be flying over to the course on Monday morning and don’t forget I will be writing a daily blog for each day of the meeting too.

When Tuesday comes I’ll be listening out for that Cheltenham roar – there are only two times we hear the crowd roar down at the start – one is Cheltenham and the second is back home when there is a student race day !!

I’ve just the one ride this weekend – Mrs Lovett at Navan.



MRS LOVETT (3.25pm Coral Double Your Cheltenham Winnings First Race Every Day Flyingbolt Novice Chase)

She’s really taken well to chasing and gave me a couple of wins last year at Thurles and Fairyhouse. She comes into this on the back of another win too – back at Thurles.

This though is a much tougher race for her even with her mares allowance from her three rivals. Hopefully she can pick up a bit of Black Type by at least finishing placed.

Her stable companion Duca De Thaix is tough cookie who has picked up two decent handicaps this season and has had a break since I finished fourth on him in the Frank Ward Arkle Novice Chase in Leopardstown. That was a Grade 1 and he should find life easier in this company.

The Jessie Harrington trained Jetz is another dropping in class since finishing fourth in the Grade 1 Flogas Novice Chase at Leopardstown.


If you have a question for Davy drop us a line at content@starsportsbet.co.uk and we’ll try and include in the next blog…