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Champion jockey wins August award

Thursday, 9th August, 2018 9:17am

Grand National hero Davy Russell has been named as the Cork Person of the Month for August.

Russell, who is the only Cork-based jockey to win a Grand National, was chosen for the award in light of his tremendous year in the saddle.

This year Davy, 39, won the Aintree Grand National, was the leading jockey at Cheltenham and became champion jockey in Ireland for the third time.

Michael O’Brien of Bishopstown and District Lions Club, who nominated Davy for this award, said that people may not realise how much he does for charity.

“Davy has helped me organise many family fun days and donkey derby fundraisers for our Aras Leon Residential Centre here in Bishopstown and, with trainer Jim Bolger, he has also raised huge money to fund the Irish Cancer Society’s research projects,” said Mr O’Brien.

The champion jockey was accompanied by his wife and two of his children at the award presentation.

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