Davy Russell says he will be only be satisfied if he leaves Cheltenham as a winner this week. The Irish jockey features in four races on the final day of the Festival.
“With Delta Work, I felt like he could have won an RSA last year,” Russell told Off The Ball.
“It is a lonely enough place to be, not riding a winner at a festival.
“I am one of the leading riders in the country, numbers-wise – and that means that you need to ride winners at the festival.
“Coming out of there without winners is not a good week for me.”
This week, Russell will be riding Presenting Percy again in the Gold Cup.
The 40-year-old has opted to stick with the horse despite a disappointing run in last year’s showpiece.
“He only had the one run (over fences) last season, which was in the Gold Cup and it wasn’t a great experience for him,” Russell told the Irish Field.
“It din’t feel like he was firing on all cylinders in the Gold Cup last year.
“But it was a big ask – it was his first run over fences in senior company and only his second run over fences, so you have to give him some bit of leeway.”