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Saturday 21 April 2018

Davy Russell drops appeal against 14 day ban for conduct towards officials after losing racing in stewards' room

Jockey Davy Russell
Jockey Davy Russell

Johnny Ward

DAVY RUSSELL has dropped his appeal against a 14-day ban picked up recently at Clonmel after he lost a race in the stewards' room.

The rider had emerged victorious aboard Little Folke on her jumping debut in the Kilmore Maiden Hurdle on October 29. The 9-2 co-favourite had dug deep when pressed close home by Solar Heat and Russellstown, but Russell was ruled to have struck Solar Heat three times with his whip in the closing stages and the placings were reversed.

Russell was given three days for improper riding, but was hit with an additional 14 days for his conduct to the Turf Club officials.

The rider left the racecourse without taking up his final two mounts of the day, a move that was referred to the Turf Club for further investigation.

That referral is set to take place at some stage next week but will not be open to the public. Russell issued a statement last Sunday apologising for his action and has now had a u-turn on a planned appeal.

"My conduct in the stewards room was entirely unacceptable and unwarranted and all I can do is to offer my deepest apologies to all who were affected by my behaviour," he said.

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