Davy Russell

The 43-year-old will come out of retirement after only four weeks to assist the Elliott at Fairyhouse as stable jockey Jack Kennedy heals from a broken leg. Only four weeks after saying he was done with the sport, Davy Russell has made the shocking declaration that he will return.

As the current leader in the Irish jump jockeys’ championship, Jack Kennedy, is sidelined with a broken leg, the 43-year-old who resigned on December 18 has made a U-turn to fill in for him.

After fracturing his leg for the seventh time in a fall on Sunday, Kennedy may be sidelined for a while, however his trainer Gordon Elliott was optimistic that Kennedy will recover in time for the Cheltenham Festival.

However, without the two riders who have been crucial to his stable’s success in recent years, Elliott was short of experienced jockeys with a number of big races and the Dublin Festival to come before March.

After meeting with Gordon today, Davy Russell has decided to come out of retirement and ride for the short term while Jack is on the sidelines, according to a statement published on his behalf. Russell will recommence at Fairyhouse on Saturday.

Despite having only recently retired, “today I rode more than I have in many years.”

After what transpired over the weekend, I want to do what I can to support my fellow Cullentra teammates as they work through this challenging stretch.

“We hope to get back on the horses at Fairyhouse on Saturday and at Punchestown on Sunday.”

Since winning the 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup on Lord Windermere, one of 25 winners at the Cheltenham Festival, and after joining forces with Elliott, for whom he won the Grand National twice on Tiger Roll, Davy Russell has become one of the most recognizable personalities in the weigh-in room.