Jack Kennedy: Irish jockey dominated out of Cheltenham Pageant by damaged leg


Jack Kennedy celebrates after winning the 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup on Minella Indo
Jack Kennedy rode Minella Indo to victory within the 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup

Prime Irish jockey Jack Kennedy will miss the Cheltenham Pageant after dropping his race in opposition to time to be match for the showpiece assembly.

Kennedy, 23, suffered the fifth damaged leg of his profession in a fall at Naas on 8 January which led to the dying of the Gordon Elliott-trained Prime Bandit.

“Cheltenham is simply coming too quickly,” stated Kennedy’s agent Kevin O’Ryan.

With Kennedy dominated out, Davy Russell is anticipated to trip nearly all of Elliott’s major Cheltenham contenders.

“He’s eager to get again as quickly as potential, however he’s going to provide it on a regular basis it wants,” added O’Ryan of Kennedy.

“Hopefully it is going to be a few weeks after Cheltenham.”

Russell got here out of retirement to fill the void left by Kennedy’s absence and led the Elliott-trained Mighty Potter to victory on the Dublin Racing Pageant on 5 February however then suffered a heavy fall himself later that day.

Nonetheless, Russell has been booked to accomplice each Fils D’oudairies and Current Soldier for Elliott at Leopardstown on Sunday and is broadly anticipated to be on board nearly all of the secure’s main hopes on the Pageant, with Jordan Gainford and Sam Ewing additionally set to be a part of the group.

In addition to Mighty Potter, Elliott’s Pageant squad consists of Cheltenham Gold Cup contender Conflated, Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase market chief Gerri Colombe and Stayers’ Hurdle candidate Teahupoo.

Kennedy received the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2021 on Minella Indo.