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Davy Russell is an Irish National Hunt jockey. He has been Irish jump racing Champion Jockey three times and has won the Grand National (twice), the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris.
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Davy Russell whose birth name is David Niall Russell was born on June 27, 1979 (age 42 years) in Youghal, Ireland. He is the second youngest of six children and was raised on the farm of his parents Jerry and Phyllis Russell in Youghal, County Cork, Ireland. His father owned a few racehorses and the family walked puppies for the local hunt. As a child, Russell’s passions were riding his pony, hurling, and helping his father with his horses.
Russell rode for four years as an amateur in point-to-points in Ireland, winning his first race in February 1999. During this period he also went hunting and worked in a fish factory.
Davy Russell moved to Yorkshire, England in 2002, to ride for the England-based Irish trainer Ferdy Murphy at Middleham. Russell’s first win as a professional jockey was on Inn Antique in a novice hurdle at Sedgefield, 12 November 2002.
Russell gained many high-profile successes during his two seasons in England, winning the Peter Marsh Chase on Truckers Tavern in 2003 and also finishing second on the same horse in that year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup. Other valuable wins on Murphy’s horses came on Tribal Venture, Ballinclay King and Historg. His first win as a professional in Ireland came on Colonel Monroe on 29 December 2002.
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He returned to Ireland after 14 months with Murphy and spent a season with Edward O’Grady and then two years as a freelance jockey. He had his first Cheltenham Festival win in March 2006 on the Philip Rothwell trained Native Jack in the Cross Country Chase. Except for 2019, he then had at least one winner at the festival every year up to 2020, with his victories including the Gold Cup in 2014 on Lord Windermere, and a record three wins in the Coral Cup.
In 2018 he won the leading jockey award at Cheltenham. The injury kept him from having any rides at the festival in 2021. In September 2007 he was invited to become Michael O’Leary’s stable jockey at Gigginstown House Stud, a position he held until he was sacked after a win and over a cup of tea at Punchestown Racecourse on New Year’s Eve 2013. He continued, however, to ride for Michael O’Leary on occasion.
Davy Russell was a champion Irish National Hunt jockey in 2011/12 and 2012/13, having been runner-up the five previous seasons. In August 2017 he rode Balko Des Flos to win the Galway Plate for the first time to add to his two Galway Hurdle wins of previous years.
An incident at Tramore Racecourse in August 2017 led to controversy when Russell was caught on camera aiming a blow at the head of his mount, Kings Dolly, when she was playing up before the start of a race. Initially, Russell was given a caution; this was later changed to a four-day suspension. At the hearing, Russell argued that he had been trying to make the mare concentrate, and he criticized media coverage of the incident.
Davy Russell won the 2018 Grand National at Aintree on 14 April on Michael O’Leary’s Tiger Roll. At 38, Russell was the oldest jockey in the race, and, at 15.2 hands, Tiger Roll was the smallest horse. It was Russell’s 14th ride in the Grand National. In 2019 Russell and Tiger Roll again won the Grand National, with Russell becoming the first jockey since Brian Fletcher on Red Rum in 1974 to win back-to-back Grand Nationals on the same horse.
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Russell had his first ride in the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris in May 2019, sometimes known as the French Gold Cup, and won on Carriacou, trained by Isabelle Pacault. A fall in the Munster National at Limerick on 11 October 2020 left Russell with a serious vertebrae injury. He underwent surgery and needed to recuperate for months, announcing in February 2021 that he would not be fit to ride at the Cheltenham Festival in March.
Davy Russell is married to Edelle O’Meara, they had their wedding in the 2000s. His wife Edelle is a science and maths teacher and former Irish pole vault champion. The couple lives in a beautiful house in Youghal and have four children, Lily Russell, Finn Russell, Liam Russell and Tess Russell. Russell also has a daughter Jaimee Russell from a previous relationship. Together with trainer Jim Bolger, Russell organizes an annual celebrity hurling match in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. By 2019 the match had raised a total of over €1 million for cancer research.
Davy Russell net worth
How much is Davy Russell worth? Davy Russell net worth is estimated at around $5 million. His main source of income is from his career as a jockey. Russell successful career has earned him some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy cars trips. He is one of the richest and influential jockeys in the United Kingdom. However, Russell featured in a TG4 documentary called Jump Boys. It followed the journeys of Ruby Walsh, Barry Geraghty and Russell over the course of the 2011/12 season. It aired on 28 November 2012. In 2013 he appeared in the documentary The Irish Road To Cheltenham, shown on RTÉ One television in Ireland.