Grand National legend Davy Russell announces immediate retirement aged 43 after riding one final winner

GRAND NATIONAL legend Davy Russell has announced his immediate retirement from racing.

The dual National hero on the incredible Tiger Roll in 2018 and 2019 retired after one final winner at Thurles on Sunday.

PA:Press AssociationRussell will be best known for winning the Grand National twice on Tiger Roll[/caption]

ReutersThe legendary Irish jockey won the Grand National in 2018 and 2019 with Gordon Elliott’s chaser[/caption]

Russell won on Liberty Dance at the Irish racetrack and was mobbed by punters as he rode in.

The 43-year-old hangs up his saddle after an amazing career – and some terrible injuries.

The latest saw him come back from having bolts drilled in his head after breaking his neck.

Russell was given just a ten per cent chance of ever walking again after smashing into the turf in October 2020.

But he fought back to ride again, just being denied what would have turned out to be a fairytale Cheltenham Festival goodbye back in March when Delta Work pipped Tiger Roll at the death in the Cross Country.

Liberty Dance’s owner Tim O’Driscoll summed up the opinion of many when, speaking after his horse’s win, he said: “He’s a genius.”


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Russell’s retirement comes a day after Flat icon Frankie Dettori announced next season will be his last.

Given his age and the dangers inherit in jump racing, Russell had hinted recently the curtain may be coming down on his career.

But it is unusual for a jockey to call it quits mid-season, especially with so many big races still to come.

Russell has found himself supplanted as Gordon Elliott’s No1 rider by Jack Kennedy.

More to follow.

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