Known for being the son of Champion Trainer, Nigel Twiston-Davies, it would be easy to assume that Sam Twiston-Davies career has been slightly easier than most.
Of course this is far from the truth as anybody who follows racing can tell you, as becoming a professional and successful jockey requires dedication and hard work that most cannot even conceive of, and if you’re working for your father then that only makes it ten times more difficult.
At the age of just 16, Sam made an immediate impact in the Hunter Chase arena by taking the Irish Champion Hunter Chase at Punchestown aboard Baby Run, this following a bold bid at the Cheltenham Festival when third aboard the same horse. A proud dad was heard to answer the question of why had Baby Run been taken to Punchestown, with “We needed the money!”
On March 19th 2010, Sam sealed his future by riding Baby Run to a win at Cheltenham in the Christie’s Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup, immediately after Imperial Commander had romped home for the Cheltenham Gold Cup crowning one of the best racing days for the Twiston-Davies family.
As an amateur rider, Sam had 18 wins and partnered Hello Bud for the 2010 Grand National taking fifth place. On 17th April 2010, had his first professional ride aboard Razor Royale to take 4th place in the Scottish National at Ayr.
Going from strength to strength, Sam took the conditional’s title for 2010/11 season and is now the appointed stable jockey and it was his pairing with Hello Bud in the Grand National that was fantastic for Twiston-Davies, who, against all the odds, still managed to get the 33/1 14 year old around the course to finish in 7th place and in the money. He followed that up in December 2012 with a spectacular win in the Becher Chase after which Hello Bud was retired.
For the 2013 Grand National, Sam Twiston-Davies partnered top-weighted Imperial Commander, trained by his father but pulled-up at Bechers Brook on the second circuit.
For 2014 Sam has been booked on Tidal Bay for trainer Paul Nicholls, with many suspecting that despite his age, he could go off as favourite and become the first op weight horse to win since Red Rum.