Davy Russell bagged his first Holland Cooper Leading Jockey Award at The Festival™ presented by Magners in 2018.

The experienced Irish rider, who partnered his first winner at The Festival in 2006, narrowly edged out fellow Irish jockey Jack Kennedy. Both riders achieved four winners over the four days last year, with Russell taking the honours thanks to a second.
 
Russell’s victories in 2018 included a stunning 377/1 treble on St Patrick’s Thursday. His first winner of the week came in the G1 RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase on Presenting Percy, who is being aimed at the G1 Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup on 15th March. His tally at The Festival is now 22 and he moves into clear sixth place in the post-1945 list.
 
It was truly a season to savour for Russell as he went on to win the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree the following month on Tiger Roll.
 
Previous winners of the Holland Cooper Leading Jockey Award are listed below, with current jockeys in bold  
 
2018
Davy Russell (4)
1998
A P McCoy (5)
2017
Ruby Walsh (4)
            1997
A P McCoy (3)
2016
Ruby Walsh (7)
1996
Richard Dunwoody (2)
2015
Ruby Walsh (4)
1995
Norman Williamson (4)
2014
Ruby Walsh (3)
1994
Charlie Swan (3)
2013
Ruby Walsh (4)
1993
Charlie Swan (4)
2012
Barry Geraghty (5)
1992
Jamie Osborne (5)
2011
Ruby Walsh (5)
1991
Peter Scudamore (2)
2010
Ruby Walsh (3)
1990
Richard Dunwoody (2)
2009
Ruby Walsh (7)
1989
Tom Morgan (2)
2008
Ruby Walsh (3)
1988
Simon Sherwood (2)
2007
Robert Thornton (4)
1987
Peter Scudamore (2)
2006
Ruby Walsh (3)
1986
Peter Scudamore (2)
2005
Graham Lee (3)
1985
Steve Smith Eccles (3)
2004
Ruby Walsh (3)
1984
Jonjo O’Neill (2)
2003
Barry Geraghty (5)
1983
Graham Bradley (2)
2002
Richard Johnson (2)
1982
Jonjo O’Neill (1)
2001
cancelled – foot & mouth
1981
John Francome (3)
2000
Mick Fitzgerald (4)
1980
Mr Jim Wilson (3)
1999
Mick Fitzgerald (4)
 
 
 
LEADING CURRENT JOCKEYS AT THE FESTIVAL 
 
Ruby Walsh
58
Barry Geraghty
36
Richard Johnson
23
Davy Russell   
22
Tom Scudamore
10
Bryan Cooper
8
Paul Townend
8
Mr Jamie Codd
7
Nico de Boinville          
7
Sam Twiston-Davies
7
Paddy Brennan
6
Noel Fehily
6
Jack Kennedy
5
Andrew Lynch
4
Mr Patrick Mullins
4
Denis O’Regan
4
Robbie Power
4
Mr Sam Waley-Cohen
4
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TOP JOCKEYS AT THE FESTIVAL 
(SINCE 1945, CURRENT JOCKEYS IN BOLD)
Ruby Walsh
58
Barry Geraghty
36
Sir A P McCoy
31
Pat Taaffe
25
Richard Johnson
23
Davy Russell
22
Richard Dunwoody      
18
Charlie Swan
17
Fred Winter
17
Robert Thornton
16
Paul Carberry
14
Mick Fitzgerald
14
Peter Scudamore
13
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Most successful jockeys in the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup
 
4
Pat Taaffe (1964, 1965 & 1966 Arkle, 1968 Fort Leney)
 
 
3
Aubrey Brabazon (1948, 1949 & 1950 Cottage Rake)
 
Tommy Carberry (1970 & 1971 L’Escargot, 1975 Ten Up)
 
Jim Culloty (2002, 2003 & 2004 Best Mate)
 
Dick Rees (1924 Red Splash, 1928 Patron Saint, 1929 Easter Hero)
 
 
Most successful jockeys in the Unibet Champion Hurdle
 
4
Tim Molony (1951 Hatton’s Grace, 1952, 1953 & 1954 Sir Ken)
 
Ruby Walsh (2011 & 2013 Hurricane Fly, 2015 Faugheen, 2016 Annie Power)
 
 
3
Sir A P McCoy (1997 Make A Stand, 2006 Brave Inca, 2010 Binocular)
 
Steve Smith Eccles (1985, 1986 & 1987 See You Then)
 
Barry Geraghty (2009 Punjabi, 2014 Jezki, 2018 Buveur D’Air)
 
Charlie Swan (1998, 1999 & 2000 Istabraq)
 
Ron Smyth (1941 Seneca, 1942 Forestation, 1948 National Spirit)
 
Jimmy Uttley (1968, 1969 & 1970 Persian War)
 
Fred Winter (1955 Clair Soleil, 1959 Fare Time, 1961 Eborneezer)
 
 
Most successful jockeys in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase
 
5
Barry Geraghty (2003 & 2005 Moscow Flyer, 2010 Big Zeb, 2012 Finian’s Rainbow, 2013 Sprinter Sacre)
 
Pat Taaffe (1960 & 1961 Fortria, 1964 Ben Stack, 1966 Flyingbolt, 1970 Straight Fort)
 
 
3
Robert Earnshaw ( 1983, 1984 & 1985 Badsworth Boy )
 
Ruby Walsh (2004 Azertyuiop, 2008 & 2009 Master Minded)
 
 
 
Most successful jockeys in the Ryanair Chase 
(Festival Trophy)
 
4
Ruby Walsh (2005 Thisthatandtother, 2007 Taranis, 2016 Vautour, 2017 Un De Sceaux)
 
3
Sir A P McCoy (2010 & 2011 Albertas Run, 2015 Uxizandre)
 
 
Most successful jockeys in the Sun Racing Stayers’ Hurdle
 
5
Ruby Walsh (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Big Buck’s, 2017 Nichols Canyon)
 
 
2
Tommy Carberry (1975 Brown Lad, 1977 Town Ship)
 
Tommy Carmody (1987 & 1988 Galmoy)

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