Davy Russel has hit out at Micheal O’Leary after he criticised his decision to come out of retirement and claimed that he wasn’t “putting his family first”.
The Gigginstown owner was very vocal about Russel’s decision stating that he had “nothing to achieve by coming back” but the jockey already had his mind made up and had the backing of his wife.
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Speaking to ITV Racing, Russel went in on O’Leary.
👀 “I have about as much respect for Michael O’Leary’s opinion as he has for my opinion”
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“I have about as much respect for Michael O’Leary’s opinion as he has for my opinion,” said Russell.
“I didn’t see any father of the year awards being thrown out yet and I’m happy enough with my responsibilities at home.
“I was off for 18 days, I had retired but it was just unfortunate for Jack [Kennedy]. Gordon [Elliott] was in a predicament and didn’t want to launch the young lads into that position. We had a chat about it and I spoke to Edelle before I spoke to Gordon and she was fully behind it.”