Former UFC fighter and analyst Dan Hardy has taken to Twitter to call out Davy Russell, after the Irish rider was handed a four-day ban for punching a horse on the neck, writes Stephen Barry.
The two-time Champion Jockey was originally given a caution for the incident at Tramore last month, but it was decided on review that this was “unduly lenient” and a Turf Club appeals committee imposed the suspension.
Hardy, however, tweeted that he still considered it an all too lenient ban:
“If @_Davy_Russel_ wants to throw some punches in my direction, he'll be getting some back. He should be banned for life. #AnimalCruelty”
To which, Russell replied: “Are u calling me out ??”
Are u calling me out ??— Davy Russell (@_Davy_Russel_) September 5, 2017
The conversation went so far as discussing terms for a fight!
Hardy promised he’d “even carry you around the racecourse first”, while Russell made his T&Cs clear: “Las Vegas 50/50 none of that 70/30 s##t”.
Well it has to b Las Vegas 50/50 none of that 70/30 s##t— Davy Russell (@_Davy_Russel_) September 5, 2017
Both fancy their chances to win, too…
Hold his coat Ive gone through bigger lads to see a fight— Davy Russell (@_Davy_Russel_) September 5, 2017
Four days suspension? I think four minutes in a cage with me would be better punishment. https://t.co/h0sekkhzUp— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) September 5, 2017
lol! Yeah... good one. One KO loss in almost 300 fights. I'll take those odds any day. 😂— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) September 5, 2017
Let's not be silly here. It would be neither 'super', nor fight. Swift, violent and conclusive. Exactly why it won't happen. https://t.co/G2SCHX9xpz— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) September 6, 2017
No offence, Davy, but we reckon Dan might edge it on the judge’s scorecards alright!