DAVY RUSSELL: Roll on better times

I thought I would pen this blog on the eve of what would have been Grand National day. These are such strange times we are living through and it’s funny to think that we all should be in Liverpool ahead of the world’s most famous horse race.

Of course, it’s upsetting that I’m not able to go for that third historic National win aboard Tiger Roll, but there are much bigger things going on in the world. I’ve been asked a few times this week whether or not he could have got the hat-trick. The answer has to be of course he could have done, but who knows? It’s the Grand National after all and he may have had a dream run through or he could have been brought down at the first. It would have been a mighty challenge with a big weight on his back, so he was always going to be up against it, but one thing for certain is that we’d have given it a mighty go. I’d like to think we will get a chance to re-write the history books this time next year when were all in a much happier and healthier place.

The Virtual National

I am sure plenty of you will tune in to watch the virtual version of the race on Saturday and it’s great that bookmakers like Star Sports are donating all profits to NHS Charities Together. The fight that those doctors and nurses have on at the moment makes our world of horseracing look pretty unimportant and any support that we can give them has to be welcomed. I hope you all enjoy watching tomorrow…. and you don’t have to guess who I’ll be cheering on!


Life in the Russell household is busy at the moment with kids everywhere, plenty of gardening and fowling season fast approaching. The National Hunt season may have come to an abrupt end, but I’m probably busier than ever and have been doing plenty of gardening.

Great Cheltenham memories

Looking back on the season I suppose the highlight has to be three nice Cheltenham Festival winners. Samcro and Chosen Mate gave me great thrills and Envoi Allen (pictured below) is such an exciting horse and one to look forward to for next season.

Congratulations Paul Townend

I’d also like to congratulate Paul Townend on being crowned Irish Champion jockey, an honour he hugely deserves. I joked on Twitter earlier in the week that he was a lucky winner, but the truth is he was anything but. He’s a great guy and deserves it. Filling Ruby Walsh’s boots was never going to be an easy task, but he has done it effortlessly and deserves all the credit he gets.

Stay Safe

Finally, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my blogs this season and I’ll be back in touch soon. There is talk about rescheduling the Irish Grand National but there is still plenty of uncertainty about when we will resume racing. In the meantime, stay healthy and keep following the strict government guidelines. If everyone does that will all be back sooner rather than later…


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