Former UFC fighter and analyst Dan Hardy has taken to Twitter to call out Davy Russell, after the Irish rider was handed a four-day ban for punching a horse on the neck, writes Stephen Barry.
The two-time Champion Jockey was originally given a caution for the incident at Tramore last month, but it was decided on review that this was “unduly lenient” and a Turf Club appeals committee imposed the suspension.
Hardy, however, tweeted that he still considered it an all too lenient ban:
“If @_Davy_Russel_ wants to throw some punches in my direction, he’ll be getting some back. He should be banned for life. #AnimalCruelty”
To which, Russell replied: “Are u calling me out ??”
The conversation went so far as discussing terms for a fight!
Hardy promised he’d “even carry you around the racecourse first”, while Russell made his T&Cs clear: “Las Vegas 50/50 none of that 70/30 s##t”.
Both fancy their chances to win, too…
No offence, Davy, but we reckon Dan might edge it on the judge’s scorecards alright!