The ride young Sam Twiston-Davies gave Hello Bud in the John Smith's Grand National at Aintree earlier this month rightly attracted plenty of praise from the racing fraternity. On the back of that effort, and a number of other good rides, the 17-year-old has decided to turn professional and try his luck in the big league, writes Elliot Slater.
The red-headed son of dual Grand National winning trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies, Sam was granted a licence by the BHA before last weekend's Scottish Grand National at Ayr where, riding as a conditional jockey for the first time, he put up another tremendous display to guide Razor Royale into fourth place – at racing odds of 20/1 – behind local hero Merigo.
Young Twiston-Davies had made it clear that he wanted to be a full-time jockey and, after taking advice from Carl Llewellyn, himself a Grand National winning jockey, he decided it was time to take the plunge and relinquish his amateur status.
It has been a tremendous last four weeks for Twiston-Davies who, less than an hour after his father had saddled Imperial Commander to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup, made it a famous family double when partnering Baby Run to win the Foxhunters.
Although the partnership got no further than Bechers Brook in the Aintree Foxhunters, Twiston-Davies went on to give Hello Bud a superb ride from the front in the Grand National itself, only fading running down to the last before eventually finishing an excellent fifth, landing a good each-way bet for punters.
Even though Paddy Brennan remains stable jockey, with the backing of his father's powerful yard behind him and with other trainers doubtless keen to make use of his current 7lb allowance, the future looks rosy for one of the rising starts of the National Hunt scene.
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