Twiston-Davies tops off excellent end to 2019 with Jockey of the Month award
Jockey Sam Twiston-Davies has been named Jockey of the Month for December after a memorable month which saw him secure victory in the King George VI Chase with Clan Des Obeaux at Kempton Park Racecourse on Boxing Day.
The win marked his first ever win in the prestigious race and was described by the jockey as one of the best days of his life. Twiston-Davies was given the ride by 11-time Champion Trainer, Paul Nicholls, after his weighing room colleague, Harry Cobden, opted to ride Cyrname, whom Clan Des Obeaux ended up beating by a remarkable 21 lengths.
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— Great British Racing (@GBRacing) December 26, 2019
The 27-year-old scoops the Jockey of the Month prize after receiving 40.5% of the vote, narrowly beating second-placed Jack Tudor (39%) and Brian Hughes (20.5%) who finished third.
Both Tudor and Hughes also enjoyed impressive performances in December, with Tudor claiming the Coral Welsh Grand National aboard Potters Corner on Friday 27th December and Hughes securing 18 victories during December including two quadruples at Carlisle and Newcastle.
On being named Jockey of the Month, Twiston-Davies said: “I’m delighted to have been named Jockey of the Month. Winning the King George was definitely one of the best days of my life and 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, and to then win the race in the way we did was fantastic.”
Also during December, the Gloucestershire based jockey enjoyed notable 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.
Twiston Davies secured a total of ten victories during the month with the other seven wins coming at Southwell, Exeter, Uttoxeter, Leicester, Catterick and Ludlow.
His tally for the season so far is 82 wins from 449 rides putting him third-place in the 2019/20 Jump Jockeys’ Championship – see full table here.
In winning the competition, Sam Twiston-Davies is awarded £1,000 and a £500 charity donation of his choice. He has selected the Australian Bush Fire Relief Fund as his chosen charity.