December Jockey of the Month 2019: Twiston, Tudor and Hughes
Jockeys’ Sam Twiston-Davies, Jack Tudor and Brian Hughes have all been nominated for December’s Jockey of the Month following their outstanding performances during the festive period and ending 2019 with notable success.
You can vote for the jockey you thought had the best month here.
Sam Twiston-Davies enjoyed ten victories during December taking his total for the season to 81 wins putting him in third place in the 2019/20 Jump Jockeys’ Championship.
The 27-year-old’s most standout win of the ten was storming to victory in the prestigious Ladbrokes King George VI Chase with Clan Des Obeaux at Kempton Park Racecourse on Boxing Day.
— Great British Racing (@GBRacing) December 26, 2019
Twiston-Davies was given the ride of the Paul Nicholls trained seven-year old after his weighing room colleague Harry Cobden chose to ride Cyrname. The pair beat Cyrname and Cobden by a remarkable 21 lengths.
On that victory, Twiston Davies said: “It was the best Christmas present, firstly to be given the ride by Paul and the owners, it was nice to know that they had faith in me. To then win the race in the way we did was fantastic.”
During the month, the Gloucestershire based jockey also enjoyed victories with Riders On the Storm in the Betfair Exchange Graduation Chase at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday 21st December and also with Cogry in the BetVictor Handicap Chase at Cheltenham Racecourse on Friday 13th December. The latter marked his seventh victory aboard the 11-year-old, who is trained by his Father, Nigel Twiston-Davies.
On being nominated for December’s Jockey of the Month, he said: “I’m delighted – it really was the ultimate Christmas for me but also earlier in the month with the wins on the likes of Cogry who was very brave, it really felt like a special month.”
17-year-old Jack Tudor entered the history books during December, when securing the Coral Welsh Grand National at Chepstow Racecourse with Potters Corner on Friday 27th December – resulting in the first Welsh-trained winner of the race in 54 years.
Buster Edwards, under 17yo Welsh National-winning jockey Jack Tudor, sprouts wings to win @haydockraces
He hit 999/1 in-running.pic.twitter.com/jsjJF6VMUf
— Great British Racing (@GBRacing) December 30, 2019
Tudor, who is based with Glamorgan-trainer, Christian Williams, also enjoyed another victory with Potters Corner and Nightboattoclyro in a double at Chepstow Racecourse earlier in the month.
Tudor completed December with an astonishing win aboard Buster Edwards at Haydock Racecourse, on Monday 30th December coming from an in-race price of 999/1 to clinch victory.
On being nominated, he said: “Sam Twiston Davies and Brian Hughes are two jockeys I look up to so it’s amazing to be nominated alongside them. December was brilliant for me with the Welsh Grand National win obviously being the highlight, but also the win with Buster Edwards at Haydock which was another good win.”
Brian Hughes secured a total of 18 victories during December including two tremendous quadruples – firstly at Carlisle Racecourse on Sunday 15th December and then at Newcastle Racecourse on Saturday 21st December – the fourth of those with Let Me Be marking his 100th win of the season.
— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) December 21, 2019
That win saw Hughes become the first jockey to reach the century mark this season and storm into first place in the 2018/19 Jump Jockeys’ Championship. He is now tied with Four-time Champion Jump Jockey, Richard Johnson, having both secured 105 victories to date.
The 33-year old also enjoyed a treble at Sedgefield Racecourse and a double at Doncaster Racecourse which included triumph with Navajo Pass in the Grade 2 Bet365 Summit Juvenile Hurdle.
Hughes said: “December was a good month – to have a four-timer at any point is great but to have two in the space of a week was pretty special. The four-timer at Newcastle included my 100th win of the season and it was great to reach that target.
“The two wins at Doncaster were also great, especially Navajo Pass in the Grade 2, it’s always nice to get those Saturday wins on ITV. Like every jockey, we want to ride as many winners as we can, and I’m no different.”