Russell admits he lost his cool as he drops appeal

Jockey Davy Russell admits that the ‘red mist’ descended at Clonmel last week in an incident that saw him hit with a 17-day ban, which he will not be appealing against.

Russell had claimed victory in the Kilmore Maiden Hurdle aboard Little Folke before the result was changed following an inquiry.

The jockey was adjudged to have struck second-placed Solar Heat three times with his whip in the closing stages of the race and the placings were reversed.

Russell was initially handed a three-day ban for improper riding but that was then extended to 17 days due to his conduct towards the stewards.

The Cork rider confirmed in a statement that he has dropped his appeal against the ban and, writing in his blog for Betway, Russell admitted that he lost his temper and apologised to the stewards.

"The truth of the matter is that I simply lost my cool when I shouldn’t have," he said. "I suppose you can call it the 'red mist'.

I had put so much both physically and mentally into winning that particular race that my emotions got the better of me

"It was really stupid. I lost my temper at the wrong time, to the wrong people over the wrong thing. There are no real excuses."

Russell believes the demands on him to lose weight before the race may have contributed to his short temper on the day.

"I was doing a light weight and, having arrived at Clonmel, who have no sauna, had to leave the track again to go away and lose another pound.

"I suppose I had put so much both physically and mentally into winning that particular race that my emotions got the better of me and I flipped.

"I can only once again apologise to the stewards and I’d like to move on. I haven’t done it before and won’t do it again."

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