Killeagh Harriers held a special presentation night in Power’s Bar Mount Uniacke on Monday, 15 April for their annual Aintree Grand National Sweepstakes. Making the presentations was Youghal hero Davy Russell back, it could be argued, it all started for him and he’s not quick at all to forget it as he came and joined the old crew and made the presentations on their behalf.
Both Davy and his 15.2 hand mount, Tiger Roll, have been written into the history books of horse-racing with their consecutive win at the Aintree Grand National this year. There are horses and jockeys who have managed it before but the list is short, very short.
Sweepstake Winners on the night were:
1st Steph Shine
2nd John Hannon
3rd Myrtle Simms
4th Daire Fitzgerald
5th Noreen Cummins
Extra prizes for early fallers went to Seán Flavin and Jack Coughlan
Speaking with The East Cork Journal, committee member of Killeagh Harriers, Tommy Geary said, “We were delighted and very appreciative of Davy coming to help us, particularly when his time is in such demand, especially at the moment, though he has always made himself available to the Hunt. The Grand National Sweepstakes is our main fundraiser each year and Davy being here raises the bar for us. It is wonderful to see him indulging the young children clambering to get a photo with him. They idolise him and his achievements in racing make it all the more real to all the children in the club and any child learning to ride on their pony because, if local man Davy Russell can do it, so might they!”
Ed Keniry, Chairman of Killeagh Point to Point Committee presented a trophy to Davy on the night to commemorate his fantastic and consecutive win at Aintree.
Davy will be bringing Tiger Roll to Youghal on Friday, 19 April at 6pm, where the sensational steed will be paraded through the town and brought to Green Park for a short time to be seen by his admiring public.