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A happy Davy Russell after winning the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle Cheltenham 16.03.2011

Davy Russell: partnered Lord Windermere to victory in the RSA Chase

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Russell seeks swift return from punctured lung

DAVY RUSSELL is hoping to make a swift return to the saddle this week after spontaneously puncturing a lung during the Cheltenham Festival although Ireland's champion jockey will have to pass the doctor on Tuesday.

Russell was released from Cheltenham General hospital on Monday and was making his way home having been taken for treatment the previous Thursday when it was revealed he had sustained an injury as the result of a fall the day before.

Russell, who steered Lord Windermere to victory in the RSA Chase on Wednesday before his fall from Un Beau Matin in the Coral Cup, is eyeing a quick comeback but admits he could be out until the five-day Punchestown festival which starts on April 23.

"I'm well, feeling grand and everything is rosy with me," he said on Monday. "To be fair to everyone they've done a marvellous job and looked after me very well.

"I tried to get it fixed up before racing but it didn't work. I just couldn't breathe properly. I couldn't catch my breath and I had a fierce pain in my chest. I'll go for the appointment and if that goes well I'll be back Thursday or at the weekend. If it doesn't I'll aim to be back for something like Punchestown.

"There's just a couple of niggly things that need to be sorted out. It could have been an awful lot worse. I'm just praying for JT [McNamara] now."

Russell, who is retained rider for Michael O'Leary's Gigginstown House Stud, missed the ride on second favourite Sir Des Champs in the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup due to his injury but feels the seven-year-old produced his best to finish runner up to Bobs Worth under Tony McCoy.

Speaking on At The Races, Russell said: "He ran a blinder and it's been well documented that better ground would definitely help him. I'm sure he ran his race. There's no excuses and I know the team, Michael and [racing manager] Eddie [O'Leary] are delighted. Bobs Worth is just a special horse."

JT McNamara remains in an induced coma in Frenchay hospital in Bristol having been airlifted from Cheltenham after a heavy fall at the course on Thursday.

A statement issued on Monday by the Injured Jockeys Fund, Turf Club medical officer Dr Adrian McGoldrick said: "JT McNamara remains stable in an induced coma in Frenchay Hospital, Bristol. Further scans are planned and another statement will be issued as soon as there is more news.

"Whilst visits to JT at the moment are not appropriate, JT's family are extremely grateful for all the kind messages and support."

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