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Twiston-Davies vows to change riding style

SAM TWISTON-DAVIES is to remodel his riding style after two unfortunate incidents over the weekend when he was unseated on the flat.

First he parted company with Politologue approaching the last in the 2m1f hurdle race at Cheltenham on Friday, before he hit the headlines at Southwell on Sunday when Hawkhurst wobbled after the last and sent Twiston-Davies into the turf with the race at their mercy.

In between he won the Grade 2 International Hurdle on Old Guard in a driving finish.

The former champion conditional, 23, who has ridden nearly 600 winners and half a dozen Grade 1s, said at Plumpton on Monday: “It’s only happened to me twice in six years of riding but they’ve both been in the last three days.

“I’ve watched the replays very closely over and over and I need to change a little aspect of the way I ride but it’s something I think I can address.”

Style change

Explaining what he will be working on, Twiston Davies added: “It’s no secret that I’m very active in my lower leg and that’s something I need to quieten down a bit on.

“I use my lower leg a lot and sometimes it’s a good thing but occasionally, as we’ve seen in the last few days, it’s not. If I can change that then at least when one does dive like that I’ll have more control.”

Hawkhurst lugged right suddenly and Twiston-Davies lost his balance and the demise of the 8-15 favourite brought plenty of comment on social media.

Twiston-Davies added: “There’s been a lot of nasty stuff, but a lot of nice stuff from the racing world, which has been really kind.”


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