Davy Russell is eager to reconnect with coach Gordon Elliott as he returns to racing after almost a year of absence due to injury.
The Cheltenham Gold Cup and Grand National-winning jockey has been on the sidelines since dislocating and fracturing his vertebrae in a first fall in the Munster National in Limerick in October aboard Doctor Duffy.
Russell, 42, has yet to set a date for his return to action, but has been working hard on his fitness this summer.
He is excited about the prospect of renewing his association with Elliott, whose six-month ban for discrediting the race ends on September 9.
The pair combined to achieve huge wins, including Tiger Roll’s back-to-back Grand National triumphs in 2018 and 2019.
“We’ve put in a good old shift now and it’s all falling into place. We’re just waiting for a drop of rain for these top horses to come out,” he said.
“Me and Gordon work well together and he’s been a big part of my career for a long time so it’s great. I’ll wait and see what Gordon’s plan is and adjust to it.
“My fingers crossed, I’ll be back as soon as possible. When the rain comes and the ground is safe for those good horses to come out, we’ll be ready to tip over.”