Youghal jockey Russell dedicates Cheltenham victory to his late mother

Youghal jockey Russell dedicates Cheltenham victory to his late mother
Picture: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

CORK jockey Davy Russell paid a touching tribute to his late mother Phyllis after winning the RSA Chase at Cheltenham yesterday.

The talented jockey from Youghal guided Presenting Percy to a commanding win and dedicated the win to his family, including his mother who passed away last week.

“Look, they’re all special, but Mam was the most outstanding woman. She reared six kids, and a business, along with my dad, and they’ll be in floods of tears at home.

“She was a great woman. She was my mother. It’s fantastic.

“She was a great woman”

Russell partnered Presenting Percy to a runaway success in the RSA Chase which was one of six Irish winners on day two of the Cheltenham Festival. Connections combined last year to win the Pertemps Final but this hugely impressive victory will leave Russell dreaming of riding this rising star in next year’s Gold Cup.

Picture: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Picture: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Russell holds an incredible record around the course and Presenting Percy was regarded as his best chance of a winner this week. The Youghal rider was coolness personified and eased the 5/2 favourite home.

“I’ve underestimated this horse all along. People have really latched on to him. He’s unimpressive to me, but, by God, he’s some horse.

“Sometimes you’re a fool and sometimes you’re a hero, but it all worked out today. I’ve nothing but praise for the horse’s trainer Patrick Kelly, he’s a genius.

“We’ll enjoy today.”

It was another day of high drama in the Cotswolds with the visiting Irish team dominating proceedings. The sole English winner was Altior who fought back bravely to win the Champion Chase in great style.

Min with Paul Townend aboard filled the runner-up spot after being outstayed on the run in. Ruby Walsh has been sidelined once again after aggravating his recent leg injury following a crashing fall aboard Al Boum Photo in the RSA Chase.

Samcro was regarded as the Irish banker of the week and the odds-on favourite duly obliged in the Ballymore Novice Hurdle.

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