Russell on the Track for a Come Back

Davey Russell, has announced that he will ride at the Galway Festival next week, after sitting out on the sidelines with a broken ankle since June 5.

Prior to visiting his specialist last Thursday, Russell had been "only hopeful", but was on Monday readying to ride out for the first time after his fall at Listowel, with a cryotherapy session at Whites Hotel in Wexford.

Galway Races

Galway Races

"The specialist was happy enough with the ankle and took the cast off, which is good news," said Russell. "I should be okay for Galway now. I will ride work at Tipperary tomorrow and see then, but it looks good."

Russell, who had a victory in the Guinness Galway Hurdle three years ago on Farmer Brown, was riding Napa Starr trained by Charles Byrnes in a maiden hurdle, when the free-running mount bumped the top of the third flight and tumbled.

Napa Starr was not injured and and subsequently won a handicap at Leopardstown on July 8.

Confirming he will miss the Galway festival and will see a specialist Wednesday, Conor Maxwell fractured his arm and collarbone in an accident last month.

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