Sam Twiston-Davies & Aidan Coleman Reach 1,000 Winners

Sam Twiston-Davies & Aidan Coleman Reach 1,000 Winners

It was a landmark day for jockeys Sam Twiston-Davies and Aidan Coleman, as the pair both notched up 1,000 careers winners in the saddle with respective victories at Southwell on Sunday.

The pair of friends and weighing room companions became the eighth and ninth current jockeys still riding to reach the four-figure milestone in Nottinghamshire, and stole the weekend headlines for the National Hunt category, even after the end of a busy week at Royal Ascot.

Coleman was the first to struck when Western Miller bolted up in the 2:30 Happy 50th Birthday Andy Gardiner Handicap Chase over two-and-a-half miles, and was followed into the record books by Twiston-Davies when he guided Nordican Bleue to success in the Mares Novice Hurdle over two later on.

Both jockeys went onto further their new tallies to 1,001 when recording doubles on the day for good measure - Aidan striking on outsider - The Vollan in the two-mile Handicap Hurdle, and Sam steering Chef De Troupe to a bloodless success for Dr Richard Newland in the concluding 5:15 contest.

Further combining with six winners on the flat, the pair were left proud of their accomplishments after racing had completed.

(Credit: Racing Post) First to speak was Sam Twiston-Davies, who said: "It seems only yesterday that I was playing starters orders with Willy! It's a great a achievement and I feel really lucky to have hit the landmark. 

"I've been spoiled with lots and lots of great winners over the years. Hello Bud's second Becher Chase was a very special day. To win any race for your family is special but do it in a big one is little different.

"To not mention The New One would be mad – he did so much for me and my career as a racehorse."

Both now seven short of the next name on the list (Graham Lee with 1,008), the son of trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies has relished all freelance opportunities since moving on from Paul Nicholls' yard in Ditcheat last year.

He added: "It may sound a bit cheesy but my mum has played such a huge role in my career. She's been a great support and I'm very lucky to have such a great support team.

"You really can't go wrong when you ride for the likes of dad, Richard Newland, Paul Nicholls and Neil Mulholland."

Of the 2010's champion conditional jockey's best achievements to-date, no doubt the win on Dodging Bullets in the Tingle Creek and then the Champion Chase for Nicholls in the 2014/15 season will be perched somewhere close to the top.

Riding a century of winners in each of the last six seasons, his love affair with the 2013 Neptune winner The New One was clear for all to see, who was also trained by his father Nigel.

Retired last December, he partnered the popular hurdler to 18 career victories, including three in the International Hurdle at Cheltenham, the 2014 Aintree Hurdle and the 2017 Welsh Champion Hurdle.  

The 26-year-old also landed back-to-back wins in the Scottish Grand National with Paul Nicholls' Vicente, and has currently recorded seven victories at the Cheltenham Festival.

As for Coleman, he broke his maiden tag in Grade One's when guiding Andrew Gemmell's Paisley Park to victory in the JLT Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot before Christmas.

Emma Lavelle's seven-year-old then took his achievements to new heights when scorching clear to land the Stayers Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, which Coleman will look back on with a great sense of pride.

(Credit: Racing Post) He said: "When you start riding you'd be happy just riding out your claim, so this is fantastic. It’s only a personal milestone, but it’s really nice to have.

"Me and Sam got a picture together on the podium at Southwell and it’s lovely to share the moment with a great friend.

"We might organise a giant party soon. We obviously haven't made very much money so we're on the lookout for someone to sponsor it for us!"

Coleman arguably owes much of his success to trainer Venetia Williams - having ridden a staggering 334 winners for, but Paisley Park will be the horse that put Coleman on the map as a leading jock.

Both riders are still thirty or under, so have plenty of years left in their career to provide plenty more winners, and 2,000 will be the pair's target - still someway short of Richard Johnson who leads the way on 3,651.

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