Twiston-Davies joins Nicholls

  • Last Updated: April 30 2014, 18:41 BST

Paul Nicholls has revealed that Sam Twiston-Davies will take over as 'number one jockey' from Daryl Jacob.

Sam Twiston-Davies has joined Paul Nicholls' team
Sam Twiston-Davies has joined Paul Nicholls' team

Writing in his role as Betfair Ambassador, Nicholls revealed the news on www.betting.betfair.com that Twiston-Davies will have the pick of the stable's rides with the exception of King George winner Silviniaco Conti who will still be ridden by Noel Fehily.

Nicholls went on: "But it is also a two-way street as regards the top horses, and we have agreed that Sam will continue to partner The New One for his father [Nigel] for next season.

"I told Daryl of the decision on Friday, when I also offered him the number two job. He then took the weekend to think it through, and he came back to me today to say that he would rather go freelance."

Nicholls did insist that there had been no falling out between himself and Jacob who will continue to ride out and school for the stable and ride for the yard 'when the opportunities arise'.

Having made his name riding for this father Nigel at their Naunton base, Twiston-Davies has partnered a number of high-profile horses for Nicholls in recent months, including Big Buck's and Tidal Bay.

Daryl Jacob "We're great friends and always will be. I get on great with Paul and the owners have been very supportive but at this point in my career I feel I want to go freelance. As my old boss Robert Alner always said, tomorrow's another day."
Daryl Jacob

Jacob enjoyed his biggest day in the saddle when winning the 2012 Grand National at Aintree on the Nicholls-trained Neptune Collonges, famously beating Sunnyhillboy by a nose at the end of four and a half miles.

Stressing he remains close friends with Nicholls, Jacob told Press Association Sport: "That's the decision we have come to, we've been speaking about it for a while.

"Sam has gone in there to be number one, Paul offered me the job as number two but at this point in my career I feel I want to go freelance, I will be available for more rides and hopefully some good rides. I'm very positive about what I am doing.

"I have had a great four years at Ditcheat, I won a National for Paul and had a couple of Cheltenham Festival winners and it's been great to be part of the team to win the championship back for Paul.

"We are the best of friends, we are great friends and always will be. I'm hoping to ride for Paul in the future. I get on great with Paul and the owners have been very supportive. I just felt at this time this is what I wanted to do. As my old boss Robert Alner always said, tomorrow is another day."

Nick Scholfield will be the stable's 'number two', and Nicholls is also keen to give his nephew, Harry Derham, more opportunities.