Our man Sam Twiston-Davies talks about THAT Exeter incident, reflects on Ballyoptic’s win & his Saturday rides

THIS week I’ve been called a hero, a legend and a saviour after an incident at Exeter on Tuesday went viral.

You’ve probably seen it by now, but my horse and Tom Scudamore’s took a tumble and ended up in a bit of a jumble on the floor.

Stewart Williams – The Sun

A few people put the clip up online of me untangling the horses and helping Scu up off the deck.

I couldn’t believe the press, calls and messages I got afterwards!

I promise you that anyone would have done the same as me. We’re all so close in the weighing room and it’s been made into something huge.

The horses come first and it’s gone a bit mad over something that to me just seems so normal!

Scu is one of my best mates and when he decked it in front of me, luckily I took an easier fall.

I saw he was in a bit of a tangle and managed to release the reins tied around the horses and pull Scu up from underneath.

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Naturally I just tried the best I could to get everyone up and safe up out the way.

I don’t feel I deserve any special pat on the back, I was just doing my job!

Tom’s said to a few people he’ll buy me a pint so on our next away day I’ll be taking that offer up, but I don’t deserve anymore than that!

And like I’ve said we all have each others backs in here, it would be a dangerous place otherwise.

In more normal news it was a brilliant Saturday up at Wetherby last weekend winning the Charlie Hall on Ballyoptic for Dad.

For Nigel to win it for a record sixth time is special, but also just because it’s a race that means a lot to jumping fans.

 

I had to tip my hat to the crowd that braved the conditions at Wetherby
I had to tip my hat to the crowd that braved the conditions at Wetherby
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It’s a race that has stuck in my mind from being a wee nipper.

When Ollie Magern won it twice for dad back in the day, we’d always be up there and owner Roger Nicholls would give us a bit of pocket money from the winnings.

We’d be in the car home counting all our coins and scoffing so many sweets!

Hopefully we can build on that win now. Ballyoptic has proved he’s versatile and we have loads of options for the rest of the year.

I imagine we’ll take in the Betfair Chase next and with Daryl Jacob obviously riding Bristol De Mai, it’ll be nice to have a spin on him in another big race.

It’s not concrete yet but I’ve never had a serious chance in it so going up there with a live one would be class.

This weekend my main ride is Riders Onthe Storm in the big handicap at Aintree. 

He’s joined Nigel from Tom Taafe in Ireland and has had plenty of work at home in the build up to this.

This will definitely bring him on but he has some smart form to his name and is an exciting horse for the season ahead.

My best ride is probably Mossy Fen in the Novices’ Hurdle. He carries a penalty but won really well at Worcester and I’m hopeful he can go and win again here.

Anything he does now is a bonus as he’s a chaser in the making but is a very talented horse.

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