Seven-time Cheltenham Festival winning jockey Sam Twiston-Davies secured his 1,000th UK career victory when Chef De Troupe cruised home at Southwell, joining an illustrious list of riders to have reached the landmark,
Twiston-Davies completed a momentous double on Sunday, June 23, securing his 999th victory in the previous race with Nordican Bleue.
The 26-year-old joined the likes of four-time Champion Jump Jockey Richard Johnson in 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).
As a 21-year-old, Twiston-Davies landed the plum job as stable jockey for jumps trainer Paul Nicholls, replacing Daryl Jacob. In May 2018 he announced that he would be going freelance.
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.
Twiston-Davies rode his first Cheltenham Festival winner was Baby Run in the 2010 St James’s Place Foxhunter Chase.
Cheltenham Festival Success
In the 2015 Cheltenham Festival he had a day two double, landing the Queen Mother Champion Chase with Dodging Bullets and Coral Cup abpoard with Aux Ptits Soins.
In 2016 he had a double on day one of the Cheltenham Festival with wins in the Fred Winter Juvenile Novices’ Handicap Hurdle and Champion Bumper aboard Diego Du Charmil and Ballyandy.
On Friday, Twiston-Davies he won the Grand Annual Chase for his third win at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival on Solar Impulse.
Dodging Bullets Among Career Highlights
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
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 have 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.”