Davy celebrated in his home town of Youghal

Davy celebrated in his home town of Youghal
Davy Russell, Champion Hunt Jockey, Tiger Roll, winner of the Aintree Grand National in 2018 and 2019, with Louise Magee Groom and Jaimee Mangan, Davy’s daughter, as they visit Youghal, Davy’s hometown, to celebrate their historic back to back victories in Aintree. Picture: John Hennessy

IT may have been 65 years since film director John Huston chose the east Cork town of Youghal for the film Moby Dick, when people having a whale of a time, travelled by bike, car, and train to catch a glimpse of movie idol Gregory Peck.

Memories of those glory days were revisited when crowds of fans travelling from far and wide, turned out on Friday evening at Barry’s Lane to welcome their very own hero, jockey, Davy Russell, back on his home turf of Youghal.

Davy Russell, Champion Hunt Jockey, in front of Youghal's historic Clock Tower with Tiger Roll. Picture: John Hennessy
Davy Russell, Champion Hunt Jockey, in front of Youghal's historic Clock Tower with Tiger Roll. Picture: John Hennessy

Davy Russell Davy, 40 in June, is the only jockey since Brian Fletcher in 1974 riding the legendary Red Rum, to win back-to-back victories in the world’s most famous steeplechase, the Randox Aintree Grand National, paid to tribute to Tiger Roll, the small nine-year-old racehorse with the big heart.

“He has a great heart, said Davy. “Tiger Roll has great power and he skims over jumps.”

Davy’s Dad, Gerry, said he was delighted for his son’s recent success.

“I am delighted for David and I am so proud of him. The whole family is so happy,” said Gerry.

“It is a real good news story.

“All the people connected with David are delighted and charmed.”

Deputy Mayor of Cork County and Independent councillor, Mary Linehan Foley, presenting Davy with a specially commissioned piece of Cork Crystal, said: “Davy is a great ambassador for Youghal and for east Cork. We are so proud of you. It is a historic and magnificent occasion for us to celebrate with the most important man here, Davy, and Tiger Roll, who is the most important horse here.”

“I love Youghal,” said Davy addressing the crowds whose cheers echoed across Sweet Youghal Bay, reminding him of his victorious wins at Cheltenham.

“I have such happy memories growing up here in Youghal. It’s great to be living back in here again. I love the place. We are so lucky to live here.”

Davy and Edelle, are looking forward to welcoming another addition to the family.

Davy Russell with his family, Edelle, Liam, Lily, Jaimee Mangan and Finn and Tiger Roll. Picture: John Hennessy
Davy Russell with his family, Edelle, Liam, Lily, Jaimee Mangan and Finn and Tiger Roll. Picture: John Hennessy

“The kids are obsessed with Tiger Roll. They know him well,” said Davy.

“My son, Finn, has seen two Grand Nationals,” said Davy. “And I’ve won them both!”

Like Finn, Sarah Morgan, who is a groom at Gigginstown Stud, knew that Tiger Roll had something special.

“The first day I rode him out, I knew he had something special,” she said.

“I knew that he had that something that no other horse had.” Will he do the treble at Aintree?

“He is capable of it” says Sarah.

“Tiger Roll has it in him.”

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