Sam Twiston-Davies has quickly established himself amongst the top half dozen professional jockeys. He’s improved his tally of winners in each of the three seasons since he turned pro and is well placed to notch his first century this time round.
Most of his winners have come for his dad, Nigel, but there are signs that might change before too long. Last week Sam rode three winners for Paul Nicholls in the space of three days, and with first jockey Daryl Jacob not yet back from a fall at Wincanton last month (though he hopes to be riding by the weekend) there could soon be more opportunities for Twiston-Davies to raise his standing with the Ditcheat trainer.
Dad says he’d be proud if the 21 year old were to be offered a place at one of the top stables, and says he should go for it. “I won’t stand in his way. If he can get top jobs he must take them. I very much hope he’ll get one. We are very small compared to the top trainers. We have only got 70 horses and they are all cheap. I would like him to go where he’s got more chance of becoming champion jockey.” His horses may be cheap. The New One, for example, only cost €25,000, but it’s what you make of them that counts, and the T-Ds are doing plenty with him.
Talk of a championship is a forlorn hope while Tony McCoy continues riding, so there’s plenty of time for young T-D to hone his riding and tactical race reading further, though dad thinks he’s not far off having mastered that. He added, “I couldn’t be more proud of Sam. He does very little wrong.”