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Russell keen to defend himself after appearing to hit Kings Dolly


By Robert Jones

Davy Russell is keen to put his side of the story to the Irish Turf Club over an alleged incident involving the jockey's treatment of a horse at Tramore on Friday.

Footage appears to show the rider striking Kings Dolly at a show obstacle before a two-mile mares' handicap hurdle.

Russell said: "Unfortunately, the Turf Club are looking at what happened at Tramore so I cannot really go into the specifics.

"The situation with Kings Dolly was an ordinary enough situation and I didn't do anything out of the ordinary.

"I'm not sure everyone on social media understands how a thoroughbred racehorse handles at race time, but I am happy to speak to the Turf Club about this.

"I ride every horse to win, no matter what, and would never do anything to hamper its chances."

The raceday stewards missed the incident but the Turf Club have launched an investigation.

They can take retrospective action where appropriate.

Turf Club chief executive Denis Egan said that they would examine what footage was available and then decide whether or not any rules have been broken.

Meanwhile, Ryan Moore rode a rare winner for his trainer father Gary as he steered Sing Out Loud to victory in the Read Silvestre De Sousa At 188Bet Novice Auction Stakes at Lingfield.

Moore has ridden just a handful of horses for his Lower Beeding-based parent this year, but his decision to team up with 3-1 shot Sing Out Loud paid dividends in the six-furlong heat.

The Vocalised gelding finished down the field in a seven-furlong maiden at Glorious Goodwood on his racecourse bow, but stepped up to run out a cosy two-and-a-half-length winner for the Moore team at the Surrey venue.

Moore Snr. was thrilled to have his son, who is widely acknowledged as one of the best in the world, aboard. He said: "It's good to have him. He has one of the best jobs in the world (retained rider to the Coolmore team), but there's a reason why."

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