Sam Twiston-Davies reaches landmark 1000th winner at Southwell
Gloucestershire-based jockey Sam Twiston-Davies secured his 1,000th UK career victory with Chef De Troupe at Southwell Racecourse this afternoon, joining an illustrious list of jockeys to have reached the landmark.
Twiston-Davies completed a momentous double on the day, securing his 999th victory in the previous race with Nordican Bleue.
The 26-year-old joins the likes of four-time Champion Jump Jockey, Richard Johnson, to have reached the milestone, becoming only the ninth jump jockey to have done so, and the third to have reached the landmark this year following Brian Hughes and Aidan Coleman.
The win marked his 25th success at the racecourse, with Twiston-Davies’ highest performing tracks being Worcester (63), Newton Abbot (61), and Uttoxeter (56).
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On reaching the landmark, Twiston-Davies, said: “I’m joining a terrific club of jockeys to have reached 1,000 UK winners, so I feel very lucky just to be named in the same sentence as them. I’ve been able to ride for many good people and that has given me the ability to be able to adapt to different situations. Obviously, my Dad has been a massive help from the start and I will forever be grateful for that.”
Both Chef De Troupe and Nordican Bleue are trained by Dr Richard Newland – who Twiston-Davies has enjoyed 123 wins for. A staggering 407 of his 1,000 UK winners, have come for his father and trainer, Nigel, and an additional 277 for eleven-time Champion Trainer, Paul Nicholls
Amongst the 1,000 wins include an amazing ten Grade 1 successes. His first coming back at the 2013 Cheltenham Festival with The New One in the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle. The duo then went onto win the 2014 Doom Bar Aintree Hurdle.
His most recent Grade 1 victory came with Quel Destin in the Nicholls-trained, Coral Finale Juvenile Hurdle at Chepstow Racecourse. Twiston-Davies also secured back to back Coral Scottish Grand National victories with Vicente in 2016 and 2017.
Discussing his career highlights, he said: “There has been many highlights, but there are definitely two that stand out. Firstly, Hello Bud winning his second Betfred Becher Handicap Chase at Aintree, at the age of 14 when everyone wrote him off – that was a really emotional day as he became a big part of the family – he was 14-years-old, number 14 and priced 14/1, so it really felt like it was meant to be!
“Also Dodging Bullets win the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at the 2015 Cheltenham Festival – that is another day I will never forget.”