Davy Russell: “It’s an expensive lesson”
PICTURE: Patrick McCann
By Tony O’Hehir 7:35PM 12 OCT 2016
DAVY RUSSELL was on Wednesday fined €1,000 for refusing to ride two horses he was declared to partner at Clonmel on September 29.
Russell refused to ride Swantykay in a 3m novice chase and Not For You in a 2m2½f handicap chase after being hit with a three-day improper riding ban, and a 14-day suspension for his behaviour in the stewards’ room after the three days were imposed.
The former Irish champion had ridden Little Folke to a head victory in a 2m½f maiden hurdle. His mount was subsequently disqualified after camera evidence showed Russell’s whip had made contact with the head of runner-up Solar Heat, who was awarded the race, three times in the closing stages.
His refusal to fulfil his two remaining engagements on the card meant he was referred to the Turf Club and he appeared before the body’s referrals committee after racing at Punchestown on Wednesday.
After the fine was imposed, Russell said: “It’s an expensive lesson but you should learn from such lessons. I’m just glad the whole saga is over.”
Russell had appealed against the 14-day ban but subsequently withdrew his appeal. His suspension begins on Thursday and takes in all days on when jump racing in Ireland is scheduled up to and including November 16. He will be free to ride in Britain on days when there is no jumps racing in Ireland.