Davy Russell

Davy Russell: 'Nothing Has Made Me More Nervous Than Dancing With The Stars'

Legendary jumps jockey Davy Russell says he hasn't thought about emulating Nina Carberry's achievements in flying the flag for racing by winning Ireland's version of Dancing With The Stars and revealed that riding in the Grand National or the Gold Cup does not compare to the nerves that come with competing on the show.  Russell, who bowed out from the saddle in December 2022 before briefly returning to race-riding for his long-time ally Gordon Elliott after Jack Kennedy broke his leg the following January, has heaped praise on his dancing...

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Star-Studded Team Announced for 'Hurling For Cancer' Research 2023

Jim Bolger and Davy Russell announced their star-studded teams for Hurling for Cancer Research, which takes place in Netwatch Cullen Park in Carlow Monday Aug. 21. Throw-in is at 6 p.m. The two teams will be led by Wexford and Kilkenny legends Liam Griffin and Brian Cody acting as Bainisteoirs. The bevy of racing, sports and TV stars already confirmed for the event include David and Paudie Clifford, Rachael Blackmore, Ursula Jacob, Paul McGrath, Miriam O'Callaghan, Michael Duignan, Kevin Manning, Willie McCreery, Barry Geraghty, Marty Morrissey and Joanne O'Riordan are...

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New Home for Hurling Cancer Research Event for 2023

The annual Hurling for Cancer Research event, traditionally held in Newbridge, will take place in a new venue--Netwatch Cullen Park, Carlow, Monday, Aug. 21. The move to Netwatch Cullen Park is due to the planned refurbishment of St Conleth's Park. The hurling match will take place at 6pm. Organised annually by leading trainer Jim Bolger and former champion jockey Davy Russell, the event allows sports fans to rub shoulders with household names from the world of horse racing, GAA, soccer and boxing along with a host of celebrities. To date,...

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Seven Days: National Treasure or National Disgrace?

The headline to this piece is deliberately binary. That is, after all, what heated debates on social media or even more traditional media platforms, usually come down to: love or hate. And, let's face it, in this clickbait age, that's often deliberately so, to inflame the debate. The art of reasonable and nuanced argument is all but lost. It was with wearying predictability in the countdown to Saturday's Grand National that we witnessed the pink t-shirted protestors attempting to scale the perimeter fences of Aintree. A few glued themselves to...

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Russell Returns From Retirement To Deputise For Injured Kennedy

Multiple champion and dual Grand National-winning jockey Davy Russell has confirmed in a statement on Wednesday that he will return to race-riding this weekend to fill the void at Gordon Elliott's stable due to the injury of Jack Kennedy. Kennedy broke his leg for a fifth time in a fall from Top Bandit at Naas on Sunday, leaving Elliott without an established number one with the major spring festivals just over the horizon. That led to growing speculation that Russell, who called time on his glittering career when bowing out...

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'He Could Do Things Others Couldn't' – Davy Russell Retires

Gordon Elliott, Barry Geraghty and Charles Byrnes were among those to lead the tributes to Davy Russell, one of the finest National Hunt riders to ever pull on a pair of silks, who retired at the age of 43 after partnering Liberty Dance to victory in the Thurles feature on Sunday.  Russell will forever be remembered for partnering Elliott's Tiger Roll to successive Grand National triumphs in 2018 and 2019. Like those momentous days at Aintree, Russell signed off from the saddle with his customary wave aboard the Elliott-trained Liberty...

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Voting Open For HRI Ride Of The Year Award

Voting for the 2022 Ride of the Year Award is now open until 5 p.m. on Nov. 30, Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) announced. The winner will be revealed at the annual Horse Racing Ireland Awards on Dec. 5. Selected by jockey Davy Russell and Fran Berry, the nominees are as follows: Jordan Gainford - Wall of Fame - Fairyhouse Easter Early Bird H. Hurdle - Fairyhouse, Jan. 9. Siobhan Rutledge - Atavique - BoyleSports Irish EBF Ulster Oaks Fillies H. - Down Royal, June 18 Mark Walsh - A Great...

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Last Chance To Bid In Cancer Charity Auction

Covid has put a stop to the Hurling for Cancer charity hurling match organised by Jim Bolger and Davy Russell for the second year, so instead they are hosting an online auction to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society. The auction closes on Tuesday, Aug. 10 at 9 p.m. on what would have been the match day. Featuring on the list of auction items are yard visits with many of Ireland's leading trainers, including Johnny Murtagh, Tracey Collins, Ger Lyons, Henry de Bromhead and Conor O'Dwyer. The auction also...

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Hurling For Cancer Research Goes Virtual in 2020

The 2020 Hurling for Cancer Research, the annual charity hurling match between a host of racing, GAA, sports starts and TV personalities, is going virtual for 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Horse Racing Ireland announced on Monday. Jim Bolger's and Davy Russell's teams will not line-out in St Conleth's Park on Tuesday, Aug. 11, but a large cadre of celebrities will be on hand via the internet. The participants are: Frankie Dettori, Davy Russell, Lee Chin, Richie Hogan, Ursula Jacob, Marty Morrissey, Ruby Walsh, AP McCoy, Miriam O'Callaghan, Ger...

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