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Talking Horses: Davy Russell can put Cheltenham aside with Folsom Blue

Davy Russell travels to Uttoxeter for a single ride after a disappointing Festival and may make it count in the Midlands National

Cheltenham ended in disappointment for Davy Russell, who could not find a winner during the week and was eighth in the Gold Cup aboard the much-fancied Presenting Percy. But all may not be lost, as the Irishman travels on to Uttoxeter for a single ride and may make it count by landing the Midlands National aboard Folsom Blue (3.35).

The doughty chaser was unlucky not to land last year’s Irish National, when he was knocked sideways at the final fence. He comes here just 2lb higher and his hurdles run at Sandown last month may have put him spot on, for all that he is now 12. Milansbar, reunited with Bryony Frost, looks a significant danger.

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