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Willy Twiston-Davies is to take over the role
as main jockey to the Mick Channon stable in
The talented apprentice, son of jumps trainer
Nigel Twiston-Davies and brother of jump jockey
Sam, gets his big chance after Martin Harley left
the West Ilsley team to become stable jockey for
Newmarket trainer Marco Botti towards the end
of the last Flat season.
"William Twiston Davies will step into Martin s
role and we re delighted that he s agreed to ride
for us next season," the Berkshire trainer told
"Like Martin when he joined us, William is a
young jockey on the up and I m looking forward
to the season ahead with him riding.
"He s a good lad with a strong family back-
ground. He s also done time under Richard Han-
non and all of that makes for a hard working,
disciplined and conscientious character, able to
work with a team.
"The fact that he s a bloody good jockey also
has something to do with it.
"As ever, there s no contractual agreement laid
out - just a handshake and an understanding.
Some of our owners already have their own jock-
eys and that won t change but William will invari-
ably ride as first choice.
"We ll have the usual lads riding as well with
Sam Hitchcott and Charlie Bishop an invaluable
part of the operation whilst our apprentice Daniel
Cremin is improving all the time.
"William rode a few winners for us at the back
end of the year and I d like to see that continue
into 2014. We ve got the yearlings cantering and
ready to kick on in January so we ve got plenty
to look forward to."
Twiston-Davies began his career riding over
jumps and was triumphant on Baby Run for his
father in the John Smith s Fox Hunters Chase
over the Grand National fences at Aintree in
He soon switched his attention to the Flat and
was in winning action on Friday in Dubai where
he was successful on Enery at Jebel Ali.
Sam Twiston-Davies believes Hurricane
Fly is still the one to beat in the Stan James
Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in March.
The New One, who is trained by his father
Nigel, claimed Saturday s International Hur-
dle at Prestbury Park for the Naunton team,
seeing off last year s Champion fourth
Zarkandar in the process and securing his
place at the head of the ante-post market.
He is just 3/1 with Sky Bet for the hurdling
crown with Nicky Henderson s My Tent Or
Yours generally next best ahead of last sea-
son s Triumph hero My Conor.
Hurricane Fly, who made a victorious
return to action in Grade One company last
month, is a best-priced 6/1 with Sky Bet
to defend his Champion Hurdle crown but
Twiston-Davies expects Willie Mullins
charge to be the major challenge to his
He told At The Races: "Hurricane Fly (is
the one to fear). He has done everything
that can be achieved by a top-class hurdler.
With what he had done, he s going to be
very, very hard to beat.
"We have age on our side and at the same
time I wouldn t swop my fellow for any of
"I wouldn t be worried about My Tent Or
Yours. Obviously he s a very classy horse
but I think we ve all got Hurricane Fly to
An early clash with My Tent Or Yours
could be on the cards at Kempton on Boxing
Day with Twiston-Davies snr weighing up
the possibility of running The New One,
although top priority will be priming the
five-year-old for the big day in March.
"I don t know whether he will go to the
Christmas Hurdle or not but Nigel s wanting
to look at it. I think the plan would be to
get him freshened up [after Kempton] and
ready for the Champion Hurdle," said
"Obviously you would give him an easy
time before, like he did between Kempton
and yesterday. He had an easy time and then
got him ready again. He went into the race
fit and he very fresh as well.
"If he goes to Cheltenham in the same
kind of form, you would be happy.
Meanwhile Philip Fenton is looking forward
to giving The Tullow Tank the opportunity
to register a second Grade One success at
Leopardstown over Christmas.
The Barry Connell-owned five-year-old
is on target for the Paddy Power Future Cham-
pions Novice Hurdle on December 27 after
winning the Royal Bond at Fairyhouse two
"He s come out of it very well and we re
looking forward to Leopardstown, all going
well," Fenton told At The Races.
"I know he needs to improve and we think
he has, so we re very happy with him.
"It s been dry for so long we d be happy
to see the rain and at last it has arrived."
The County Tipperary trainer also specified
comeback races for Dunguib and Last Instal-
ment, who have endured a long time on the
"Both horses will return some time in Jan-
uary. The Limestone Lad Hurdle at Naas will
be Dunguib s target (on January 18) and maybe
a couple of days before the Kinloch Brae
Chase at Thurles for Last Instalment," said
"We re taking it nice and easy and gradually
upping the work. We re happy with both
horses and so far they are both sound."
Severiano, blinkered for the first time
and coming back from a 153 days absence,
can t be seriously opposed in the eight-
runner Maiden Stakes over a mile of
Wolverhampton polytrack today, part of
a seven-race programme which will have
all-weather aficionados studying fastidi-
ously given there are several small fields.
Specialising with AWR has been success-
ful, plenty of others also completely disregard
all other racing, turf-flat/jumps.
Thrice-raced Severiano comes out sim-
ilarly to Aomen Rock but the latter ran inex-
plicably badly last time out when a beat-
en-favourite, a good reason to nominate
Great Conquest as the only one likely to
rival Severiano, mount of Andrea Atzeni
and still trained by Newmarket-based Roger
Varian. That s significant.
All second-rate thoroughbreds in major
yards are usually sent to sales during Autumn
in order to facilitate new stock but Severiano
must have achieved enough and possess
enough scope for Varian to continue with
this Danehill Dancer gelding; his form cer-
tainly bears close inspection and if one of
two newcomers represents an unconsidered
"mystery" so be it.
Four go to post for the Claiming Stakes
over a mile, look no further for the winner
than recent seven furlongs course winner
Howz The Family trained by Tom Dascombe
at the stables owned by ex-International
soccer player, Michael Owen.
This dual-winning colt by Myboycharlie
absolutely romped home unchallenged under
stable jockey, Richard Kingscote, earlier this
month and bookmakers wont be taking
chances, nor with stable-companion, Mon-
tjess, in the five-runner "aged" handicap
over fourteen furlongs.
Montjess is long-overdue a success and
this consistent, hitherto luckless Montjeu
filly needs to win, for stud purposes.
Currently a maiden following ten attempts
Montjess will be classed as "urgent" by the
Dascombe team, especially with the breeding
season due to commence in earnest halfway
through February; you will be backing a 100
per cent trier and that s not always the case,
eh?At least racing seems straighter than other
sports; only last week six footballers were
arrested for fixing games and millions are
bet on English matches.
Don't oppose Severiano
Hurricane Fly the one to beat in March
New job for Willy
1-11--- 10.30 am
15-13--- 1 pm
26-6--- 6.30 pm
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 6 8 7 21
02 OLD LADY
04DEADMAN 4 9 8 21
05 PARSONMAN 9 5 8 23
15 SICKWOMAN 4 11 7 22
18 WATERBOAT 7 11 5 23
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLE SNAKE 6 14 9 29
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 9 8 6 23
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to December 14
19 (Horse) 10.30 am
23 (House) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
2 (Old Lady)
34 (Blind Man)
35 (Big Snake)
5 (Parson Man) 1 pm
29 (Opium Man) --- 10.30 am
3 (Carriage) --- 1 pm
30 (House Cat) --- 6.30 pm
Harry Fry is taking nothing for granted as
Rock On Ruby embarks on a career over fences
at Plumpton today.
The eight-year-old reached the pinnacle over
the smaller obstacles with victory in the Cham-
pion Hurdle in 2012 and he was also runner-up
to Hurricane Fly in the Cheltenham showpiece
Fry believes that counts for nothing despite
Rock On Ruby facing just two rivals in the Winter
Gala Novices Chase.
The Dorset trainer is looking for a clear round
and a confidence-building performance from
Rock On Ruby.
"There s just three runners tomorrow but it s
the start of a new chapter in his career. He s
taken well to fences at home and now we ve got
to try to take that to the racecourse," said Fry.
"It s not a case of what he s done before, that
counts for nothing. We re starting from scratch
and at the bottom of the ladder.
"We ve got to work our way up and get the
confidence and experience into him over the
larger obstacles before we start aiming too high.
"We just hopefully want to get a clear round
into him on which we can build on and make
firm plans and take it from there."
Taking on Rock On Ruby is Mark Gillard s
Lambs Cross, who has had plenty of experience
over fences and opened his account at that dis-
cipline in a two-and-a-half-mile handicap chase
at Ffos Las last month.
Only two take on Rock
Sam Twiston-Davies with The New One
after the StanJames.com International
Hurdle at Cheltenham.
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