What’s Sam Twiston-Davies’ strike rate for his father?
At the time of writing, Sam Twiston-Davies lies second in the 2021/22 Jump Jockeys’ Championship with 46 winners from 304 rides, at an overall strike rate of 15%. For his father, Nigel Twiston-Davies, who is based at Grange Hill Farm in Naunton, Gloucestershire, he has ridden 10 winners from 84 rides, at a strike rate of 12%. In his career as a whole, his father has been his principal benefactor, supplying him with 499 winners, albeit from 3,293 rides, at a modest strike of 15%. By contrast, for Paul Nicholls and Dr. Richard Newland, who are the only other trainers for whom he has ridden over a hundred winners, Twiston-Davies has a career record of 280-1,233 (23%) and 188-799 (24%).
Twiston-Davies, 29, famously won the Christie’s Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup at the Cheltenham Festival in March, 2010, on Baby Run, trained by his father, at the age of 17. The following season, 2010/11, he won the conditional jockeys’ title and, in May, 2014, replaced Daryl Jacob as stable jockey to Paul Nicholls. Indeed, the 2014/15 season proved to be his most successful ever, numerically and fiscally, with 145 winners and over £2 million in prize money for the one and only time in his career.
In May, 2018, in the face of increased competition for rides at Manor Farm Stables from Harry Cobden, Sean Bowen and Bryony Frost, Twiston-Davies left Nicholls to go freelance. Nonetheless, he rode 104 winners in 2018/19, 99 winners in 2019/20 – bringing up 1,000 winners in Britain and Ireland at Southwell in June, 2019 – and 83 winners in 2020/21.