THE MORNING LINE TEAM, CENTRE ON CHELTENHAM WHO HOST THE SECOND AND LAST DAY OF THEIR INTERNATIONAL JUMPS MEETING.
THROUGH THE TURF JUMP RACING KEYHOLE THE CLUES ARE THERE.
An interesting and entertaining program providing previews, key current news, review and updates, relevant to this afternoon’s C4 live action from CHELTENHAM (Turf), and LINGFIELD PARK FLAT (Standard AW)
LEE MOTTERSHEAD for the RACING POST. ON A FACINATING DAY FOR A YOUTHFULL NEW ORDER. ‘SATURDAY FEVER MY BIG HOPE FOR TODAY’. ‘Showdown time for young guns of hurdling’ Sam Twiston- Davies is relishing the ride on Paddy Power hero LITTLE JOSH but knows it’ll be tougher.
TODAYS JUMP MEETING COVERED BY THE MORNING LINE TEAM:
CHELTENHAM (Turf) 8 races £468k First race 11.40 – 3.40.
C4 show live :
1.55 Tingle Creek Chase 2m+ Winner £34.206. (from abandoned Sandown)
2.30 Vote A.P. Gold Cup H’c Chase 2m 5f Winner £85.515
3.05 Stan James.com International Hurdle 2m1f Winner £85,515
3.40. Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle 3m New. Winner £14,252.50
LINGFIELD PARK FLAT (Standard AW) 7 races £34k First race 11.50 – 3.20
C4 show 2.45 and 3.20.
TODAY’S C4 TOTESCOOP6
Saturday’s big TV Bet .
Play today. Win Fund Rollover£61, 996 : Bonus Fund Rollover: £55,189
TOTE SCOOP6 RACES TODAY ARE:
Leg 1 1.55 CHELTENHAM TINGLE CREEK CHASE 2m+ (from abandoned Sandown)
Leg 2 2.30 CHELTENHAM Vote A.P. Gold Cup H’c Chase 2m 5f Winner £85.515
Leg 3 2.45 LINGFIELD Sandard AW Flat Handicap 1m 2f Winner £8,23.40
Leg 4 3.05 CHELTENHAM Stan James.com International Hurdle 2m1f Winner £85,515
Leg 5 3.20 LINGFIELD Standard AW Flat Handicap 1m Winner £1,535. 39
Leg 6 3.40 CHELTENHAM Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle 3m New. Winner £14,252.50
C4 MORNING LINE HORSERACING TEAM TODAY ARE:
LESLEY (Posh Bird) GRAHAM HOSTESS PRESENTER
Specialist broadcaster. Bloodhorse illiterate.
STAR GUEST SAM TWISTON-DAVIES. CAREER PATH BLOODHORSE LITERATE. A YOUNG HORSEMAN WHO HAS THE ADDED ADVANTAGE OF AN EXCELLENT LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
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!"
When appointed stable amateur, Sam made steady progress up the ranks over the coming seasons and started to fire in the winners, including taking one race on the flat at Goodwood aboard Soundbyte for John Gallagher in the Bollinger series for Amateur riders.
As stable amateur, Sam signed off in fine style when taking the Cheltenham Foxhunter's aboard Baby Run, to
go two places better than the previous year. It was only a matter of time before going conditional and on 17th April 2010, Sam has his first professional ride aboard Razor Royale to take 4th place in the Scottish National at Ayr. Sam had 18 wins as an Amateur rider, the last fittingly aboard Banjaxed Girl at Cheltenham on Thursday 15th April 2010.
On 10th August 2010, Sam racked up his first treble at Newton Abbot with What A Scientist (12/1), Papradon (100/30) and Caheerloch (10/1). He makes it four in a row scoring on Lodgician (9/2) at Stratford two days later.
Going from strength to strength, Sam looks highly likely to take the conditional's title this season, whilst at the time of writing he lies in 6th position in the overall jockey's championship with 30 winners. (A conditional jump jockey is a young rider learning his trade. )
TWISTON-DAVIES RUNNERS TODAY 7
JIM (Gentleman Jim) McGRATH FORM SPECIALIST PRESENTER
Broadcaster. Bloodhorse illiterate
GRAHAM GREEN FOR THE RACING POST (Monday 6th December 2010)
“Petition for rethink over Champions Day.
THE controversy surrounding the Champion Series proposed by Racing for Change looks set to gather momentum with the launch of an on line petition aimed at encouraging the authorities to rethink, if not scrap, the whole project.
Channel 4 pundit Jim McGrath who resigned as chairman of the British Horseracing Authorities Racing Committee over the issue, has helped set up horseracingdeservesbetter.org, which aims to provide a platform for those within the sport and the wider racing public to register opposition.
TANYA (Tipbits) STEVENSON THE PUNTERS CHAMPION
Form Specialist/Broadcaster/ Up to the minute on line betting stats. Bloodhorse Illiterate.
Email Tanya: firstname.lastname@example.org
JOHN (Mac) McCRIRICK THE PUNTERS CHAMPION
Form Specialist/Broadcaster/ Up to the minute on line betting stats. Bloodhorse Illiterate
Mac honors us with his presence this morning, just back from the cricket in Australia, and in great form.
JOHN (Greatest Jockey) FRANCOME BLOODHORSE LITERATE
Retired Professional Jump Jockey Top Horseman of World Renown.
PHONE CALL WITH COLIN TIZZARD TRAINER OF CUE CARD RUNS IN THE 3.05 AT CHELTENHAM TODAY.
PHONE CALL WITH BARRY (Bismark ) DENNIS BOOKMAKER
Form specialist. Barry’s Saturday Bismark is a horse that he believes will not win today. Bloodhorse Illiterate
DATE FOR YOUR DIARY
KEMPTON PARK TURF JUMPS RACING BOXING DAY.Kempton Park is renowned for its turf jump racing and offers some fantastic annual events .
The Stan James Christmas Festival December 26/27 run each year, featuring the world-famous
Stan James King George VI Chase, is perhaps best known.
PAUSE FOR THOUGHT
Nigel Twiston-Davies father of Sam initially combined training as a permit-holder with his farming interests throughout the 1980s, having his first winner with Last Of The Foxes at Hereford in March 1982, before the agricultural recession prompted him to make training his full-time profession.
He took out a full training licence in 1989, recording his first win as a public trainer in December of that year with Babil at Newbury. He has since gone on to register more than 1,200 successes.
Born on May 16 1957, Twiston-Davies rode as an amateur jockey for Fred Winter, Fred Rimell and Kim Bailey riding 17 winners under Rules and gained a further 17 point-to-point victories and served as assistant trainer to Richard Head and Fred Rimell.
A childhood friend and neighbour of Peter Scudamore, he went into partnership with the former champion jump jockey to set up stables at Grange Hill Farm, Naunton, Gloucestershire, although Scudamore is no longer involved in the venture, having teamed up with Denis Caro in 2002 and then his father Michael.
Twiston-Davies adopted and developed the pioneering techniques of Martin Pipe, such as interval training and regular blood tests for his string, enabling him to rapidly raise his profile among the training ranks. He is the only current trainer to have won the Grand National more than once, saddling Earth Summit to victory in 1998 and Bindaree four years later.
The 2001/2002 campaign had been relatively quiet by Twiston Davies' high standards before Bindaree provided him with his second John Smith's Grand National success. Afterwards he revealed that he had been intending to give up training, but depite "having a bigger debt than Argentina" after buying out Scudamore, the Aintree victory made him have a change of heart.
An essentially shy man, he mometarily shocked Des Lynam after Earth Summit's Grand National success in 1998 by telling the BBC presenter in front of millions of viewers "I don't do interviews".
His 1,000th winner came at Stratford in October 2006. (See Statistics page for full details). Twiston-Davies has had 13 successes at the Cheltenham Festival, gaining three victories on the final day of the 2010 festival, with Imperial Commander showing his best form ever to win the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup, Baby Run capturing the Christie's Foxhunter Chase under 17 year old son Sam and Pigeon Island taking the last race, the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase.
This followed a double with Imperial Commander in the Ryanair Chase and Tricky Trickster in the National Hunt Chase in 2009. Other big race successes include the bet365 Gold Cup with Beau , the Hennessey Gold Cup with King's Road, the SCottish National with Captain Dibble (1992), Earth Summit (1994) and Little Bud (2009), and the Welsh Grand National with Earth Summit (1997) and Bindaree (2003).
His best season numerically was the 2007/08 campaign when the stable enjoyed 87 victories. He was the leading trainer at Cheltenham this season before The Festival and his three wins yesterday have just emphasised that position.
NIGEL TWISTON-DAVIES' 13 WINNERS AT THE CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL
William Hill Handicap Chase: 1992 Tipping Tim
Neptune Investment Management Novices Hurdle: 1993 Gaelstrom, 2004 Fundamentalist
RSA Chase: 1993 Young Hustler
Spinal Research Supreme Novices Hurdle: 1994 Arctic Kinsman
JCB Triumph Hurdle: 1998 Upgrade
Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle: 2000 Rubhahunish, 2008 Ballyfitz
Ryanair Chase: 2009 Imperial Commander
National Hunt Chase: 2009 Tricky Trickster
2010 totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup (Grade One)
IMPERIAL COMMANDER (Our Friends In The North) 9-11-10 Paddy Brennan 7/1
2010 Christie's Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup
BABY RUN (John Goodman) 10-12-0 Mr Sam Twiston-Davies 9/2 jf
2010 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase Handicap (Grade Three)
PIGEON ISLAND (Raymond Mould) 7-10-1 Paddy Brennan 16/1