Davy Russell voted Stobart Jockey of the Month for April after tremedous Tiger Roll win

Davy Russell, Tiger Roll, Grand National 2019

Irish-based jockey, Davy Russell, has been named Stobart Jockey of the Month for April after storming to a second successive victory with Tiger Roll in the Randox Health Grand National on Saturday 6 April – entering the history books as the first to do so since the legendary Red Rum in 1973 and 1974.

Russell collects the prize after receiving 48% of the vote, ahead of fellow nominees Sean Quinlan, who was victorious in the Coral Scottish Grand National on Saturday 13 April and four-time Stobart Champion Jump Jockey, Richard Johnson, who reached 200 wins for only the second time in his career on Friday 26 April.

Quinlan came second with 32% of the vote and Johnson received 20% in third spot.

Russell’s famous win with Tiger Roll was arguably the stand-out moment in the 2018/19 Jumps Season, cruising to victory ahead of Walk In The Mill and Rathvinden.

Earlier on the same day, Russell also enjoyed success with a win aboard Oruna in the Grade 1 Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Chase.

On that historic day and being named Stobart Jockey of the month, the 39-year-old said: “It’s fantastic to be voted as Stobart Jockey of the Month. Competing against some great jockeys all year round, you have to produce something special to even be nominated.

“I feel extremely privileged when that special moment came for me and Tiger Roll in the Grand National. To win the race for the second year in a row is by far the biggest moment of my career. I had another great win with Oruna just before that, so it was a brilliant day.

“Thank you to everyone who celebrated that moment with me and to everyone that has voted me as jockey of the month.”

In winning the competition, Russell is awarded £1,000 and a £500 charity donation of his choice. He has selected Cliona’s Foundation as his chosen charity.

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