Russell ready for new challenge

Leading Irish amateur Davy Russell is relishing the prospect of riding Ferdy Murphy’s horses this winter after getting off the mark for the West Witton trainer at Sedgefield.

Leading Irish amateur Davy Russell is relishing the prospect of riding Ferdy Murphy’s horses this winter after getting off the mark for the West Witton trainer at Sedgefield.

He put the seal on his appointment as first jockey to the powerful stable when gaining a comfortable on Inn Antique in the Sedgefield Novices’ Hurdle.

Russell brought the bay gelding with a steady run on the bridle to lead at the second-last flight, and he drew away to score by seven lengths from Beat The Heat.

Russell, 23, said: “I had my first rides for Ferdy since I got the job last Thursday and have had a few finishing placed, but they have all been running well and it is good to have my first winner for the stable.

“I have ridden 150 point-to-point winners and 70 under Rules back home and Ferdy gave me my first ride at the Cheltenham Festival on Tony’s Tip four years ago.

“Tom O’Mahoney, a bloodstock agent, rang me and told me there was a job going at Ferdy’s and asked was if I was interested – it is a great opportunity and he has some lovely horses in the yard.”

And Murphy added: “The main idea was to get the horse settled and we did not really think we would beat Beat The Heat, but Davy did a good job.

“It is nice to get the first winner for Davy out of the way, we have a lot of nice horses for him to ride this week as well – he is a very cool lad and a very good rider and we are pleased to have him on our side.”

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